Looking at the pre-reg list for the Shedd Park race this Saturday is disappointing. There are waaaay too many people in the Cat 4/Citizen field. Folks, the Cat 4/Citizen race is for beginners. People without an annual license, people who make it to 4 or 5 races all year, people who have almost no training time during the week or simply do not take racing seriously.
Here is my helpful guide for the 50+ people who are probably registered in the wrong category at Shedd Park.
- If you have ever finished in the top 15% of a Verge race, you know you should not be racing in the Cat 4 field at an event that offers a 3/4 race.
- If you finish in the top 30% of a previous Cat 4/Citizens event, you know you should not be racing in the Cat 4 field.
- If you have raced in the Cat 3/4 field and not finished DFL, you know you should not be racing in the Cat 4 field.
Here is some advice for the Cat 3/4 field.
- If you finish in the top 20% of the Cat 3 Verge races, you know you should not be racing in the 3/4 field.
- If you finished on the podium of a 3/4 race with more than 30 people, you know you should not be racing in the 3/4 field again.
Guess what people? Continuing to race in your category until you win is not a valid excuse (note I said excuse, not reason). There are 80+ people in the Cat 4/Citizen field and 50+ in the Cat 3/4. If everyone one of them was waiting until they won an event to upgrade, the fields would crumble under their own size.
So I challenge you, fellow cross racers, to race up a category for the rest of the season at these non-Verge events because you all have at least two options to choose from. Make it a point to choose the faster field. You might just surprise yourself and have fun without racing for the win.