Everything in life counts! So why shouldn’t you get credit for the race you just did? Well, you probably did even if you didn’t realize it.
New road racers start out as a category 5 for men, or as a category 4 for women. In order to move up a rider needs to gain experience racing with a group and demonstrate their ability to perform the basics of racing safely with a group. At the most basic level, the cat. 5 to cat. 4 upgrade for men depends on the number of mass-start races finished. The rulebook states it simply as 10 mass-start race finishes with no preference given for 1st place or last. But if you’re looking to move up quickly, don’t miss the point of the beginner category: learning to race in a group!