Well, I understand field sizes grew in the years afterwards, so maybe it might have contributed just a little bit.
Meh, it changed in about 2005, there's not really been much of a change since. My comment was a little tongue in cheek, but it didn't change because of one rider. For a start people still complain about 'ringers' - there was uproar when Rob Lee raced Open (and Master and Elite in the same day), even though he surrendered any prizes.
It stated that if you finshed in the to 10 in your category in either a regional or national level you should be in the 'Racer' category
But if you're top 10 in fun where does that leave you? Take the last Southern XC race...
- 10th in fun (out of 23) did 2 laps at an average of 27 mins/lap
- 10th in Master (out of 26) did 4 laps at an average of 22 mins/lap
- 10th in Elite (out of 23) did 5 laps at an average of 20 mins/lap
Massive range of abilities, similar size fields, all top 10 finishers.
It's impossible to police, some people will always want to be a little fish in a big pond, whilst others will be content with being the other way around.
If someone is properly clearing up then perhaps a word with the organiser who may suggest people move up, but there are plenty of cases where people can legitimately be in a category and winning. Someone has to after all!