Having completed all the Early Bird crits and training sessions, I have upgraded to category 4. Casey from NCNCA sent me a little "4" sticker to put on my racing license.
I took my new status out for a spin yesterday by doing the Apple Pie Criterium in Santa Rosa. On the last lap a bunch of people went down right in front of me. I rolled over a downed rider like he was a speed bump ... ended up lying on the ground along with 6 or 7 other people. Finish line was 400m away and I never made it. Too bad - I was feeling good and in decent position.
I'm bloodied but ok. Another cracked helmet. Bike is fine.