For reference, I'm coming off my first season as a mid-pack Cat 3 XC racer and am starting in on cyclocross. My first race was a 3 day series in which they grouped Cat 4 and 5 together and the one race that I didn't have some kind of technical screw up, I finished 47 out of 77 starters. I have not upgraded my XC license to Cat 2, and probably won't until I have a few more races under my belt.
There's a cross race this weekend that I want to enter, however they have Cat 4 and Cat 5 in separate events. If I'm understanding the rules correctly, I have to race Cat 5, right? I can't race with the 4s unless I upgrade my XC category.
The main reason I'm asking is that the Cat 4 race is 45 minutes, vs 35 for the 5s. I'd prefer the longer race. But if I'm not allowed, not a big deal.
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