USA Cycling Officials
Post: Feb 8, 2013 by Tom Mahoney under category "Rule Interpretation"
1H4(c). Riders may choose to enter single-day individual time trials in their proper category or any higher category, but not a lower category.
The purpose of this rule was to allow riders who really like time trials but don’t like to ride criteriums or road races to compete in a category that is more appropriate for them. We currently have no TT-specific categorization, and riders cannot use TT’s to upgrade, so a TT specialist will be forever a cat 5, yet might be quite strong. Unfortunately, the unintended consequence of this rule may encourage riders to continually ride on one-day licenses on the grounds that if a rider can ride up in category, then all races could be thought of as being open to cat 5, which would make all races subject to one days. That was not the intent. Therefore, as a clarification, this ability to ride up in category at a TT is a benefit of holding an annual license.