Forgive me if I don't have a good grasp of the road racing scene. I'm too lazy to research it and frankly, would rather spend that time riding by bike. But I do find it odd that in mountain bike races, a racer can usually select the category that he/she feels they belong in. For example, I'll usually race in the SS or Expert category. At the time of registration, I can select the category that I feel applies to me, pay my money, and nobody gives me any crap about it.
Why is road racing different? I will always be a Cat 5 road racer because I do not do more that 10 road races per year to quality for the upgrade.
It seems silly.
And if a mountain biker enters a road race as a Cat 5 racer, and does well, that person usually gets a lot of crap from the other racers for "sandbagging".
What is the work around for that?