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Garmin cycling categories
Josh 2014
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Under profile Cycling it asks for cycling classification number. What is that?

These are race categories.
* Recreational means someone who doesn't race.
* Category 5 means new racer.
* Category 4 means you've completed 10 mass-start races.
* Category 3 means you earned 20-30 points as a cat-4 racer.
* Category 2 means you earned 30-40 points as a Cat-3 racer.
* Category 1 means you earned 35-50 poings as a Cat-2 racer.

As for "Open Category", I'm not really sure. It looks like it's a fuzzy term for elite racers, such as cat 2,1,pro together. It may include Cat 3 racers that were fit enough to compete with them, but didn't have the points to upgrade yet.

Cat-1 upgrades require the involvement of the regional race coordinator, but lower levels can be done locally.

You can be downgraded after time, but never back to Cat-5.

There are several ways to earn points:
* Attending a USA Cycling education clinics
* Completing a race in the front pack
* Finishing in the top 10 of a race.

Road point values are listed here:
http://www.usacycling.org/road-category-upgrade-guidelines.htm

Mountain rankings are 3, 2, 1 and Pro.
http://www.usacycling.org/mountain-bike-category-upgrades.htm

Cyclocross rankings are 5-1 for men and 4-1 for women. There are conversion rights into and out of CX if you're rated in MTB or Road.
http://www.usacycling.org/cyclo-cross-category-upgrade-guidelines.htm

Other groups and countries may have minor variances to this, but generally, the numbered categories are roughly equivalent.
http://omnitech.net/health/cycling/2014/03/26/garmin-cycling-categories/

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