For those of you who don’t follow cycling, or don’t live in the United States, I will describe what I mean by “The Road to Cat 1”:
In American amateur road cycling, racers are categorized by ability levels. The levels usually are from fastest to slowest: Pro, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. In Coloardo, the races are organized primarily by the American Cycling Association (ACA). The ACA does not have a category 5. To give you an idea of numbers, here is the 2007 membership data (the most recent I could find):
|PRO||Cat 1||Cat 2||Cat 3||Cat 4|
As you can see, there are a relatively very small number of Pro, Cat 1 and Cat 2 Racers. As such, they are almost always combined into a single race (The ‘Pro Race’). Also, there is quite a bottleneck between Cat 2 and Cat 1. Only elite amateur athletes can attain Cat 2, and the next level is even more elusive.
Upgrades are earned though points awarded by finishing places in races. In lower, non-combined categories, this requires besting your peers. However, to earn upgrade points to Cat 1, a racer must place at the front of the ‘Pro’ race, against the real PROs and racers who are already Cat 1. Basically, you don’t have to beat the other Cat 2 racers, but everybody to earn points towards a Cat 1 upgrade.
With this blog I plan to take you with me along The Road to Cat 1…
Note: This blog was formerly known as “The Road to Cat 2”. I upgraded from Cat 3 to Cat 2 on June 21st, 2010, and am now continuing to chase my dream of racing with the fastest racers in the country.