ju5t1n wrote:I’m not in favour.
If someone is good enough to race as a second cat then they should race as a second cat. That’s the purpose of the category system … you race against people of a similar ability to yourself. Also, it’s difficult to accumulate large numbers points in 3rd cat races – even a road race win only bags you 15 points. So there would be a lot of very good riders staying in 3rd cat for a lot longer.
Average speeds in 3/4 races are already high enough to be a barrier to entry to many who are new to racing. Unless there are significantly more 4th cat only races added to the calendar then I think this change would put new riders off.
If that’s the purpose then it fails, for many of the reasons highlighted in the thread e.g. some riders doing shed loads of over rewarded chippers and moving into cats. they cannot handle (some on ego trips others because they like to race regularly ), others avoiding racing and remaining in a cat e.g. to pot hunt, to avoid heavy travel with fewer races, avoid influence of track points. There is also a suggestion that 1st cat. has no “value”. The only way it will work is if those in a given category are homogeneous and races are category specific, but that is not viable. As soon as riders start to manipulate their cat. and cats. are combined (e.g. E,1,2) there are wide disparities. It would be far easier to scrap the points system, and all the unnecessary work of providing new licences, doing all the calculations and producing “rankings” that are often a joke. Just categorise races and restrict entry to some categories. So the tier 1 races would be by invitation to teams only and could include around 20-25 or so top road & crit. races. At the other end the beginner’s races could be restricted to new entrants e.g. license held for less than 2 years. It probably needs a couple of intermediate categories with suitable restrictions and controlled prize pots to avoid pot hunters. Restrictions could then apply to prevent riders dropping down too far or riding up too far, with the occasional BC dispensation for those with “exceptional” results. It would then be up to riders to decide where to ride providing they fulfil the requirements for that cat. of race.
The problem with tinkering with the current points system is that in addressing some of the flaws, you merely create problems elswhere.