so cheats cant prosper
Who is cheating?
I'm no where near good enough to be promoted to expert (you need to be top 15 in sport in the country at the end of the season) yet I've won 'open' races where you didn't need a license. I didn't feel bad about it, I got to stand on the podium (after a really good battle with another lad) and get a prize. It made me want to improve and do well in the next category up. At the nationals I was a lowly 56th, regionals I'm top 20 so yes, I should (just about (lower end)) be racing in Sport. If you're pitching up for the fun category and rinsing everyone it can't be much 'fun' just riding round on your own - to me that wouldn't be much of a challenge and would soon become boring.
Njee (hope he doesn't mind me saying) races expert and there's a world apart between him and me - I certainly wouldn't want to be racing in the same bracket as him (well not until I lose three stone and develop some proper lungs). As much as its no fun riding round at the front on your own, its no fun being at the back either.
Forcing folk to move up a category will just stop them from racing with the knock on effect of fewer racers turning up, less money for the event and eventually less events. There's a chap on here (won't name names) who constantly whinges about people 'racing in classes they shouldn't be racing' and stating he'd have come top 20 if they'd have gone in another class. To me that's just throwing your toys out the pram, either get faster, stop moaning or give up.