Noun, Cycling Lingo
Cat 4 is a category of road racing in the US and Canada.
Example usage: I'm competing in a Cat 4 race this weekend.
Most used in: North America.
Most used by: beginner and intermediate cyclists.
Comedy Value: 5
What is a Cat 4 Cyclist?
A Cat 4 cyclist is a category of cyclist in road and track cycling. This category is the fourth of five categories of cyclists, with Cat 1 being the highest category. This is the first category that is ranked by USA Cycling, the governing body of competitive cycling. Cat 4 is the entry-level category, and cyclists usually move up to Cat 3 after gaining experience.
Cat 4 cyclists are typically new to competitive cycling and are still learning the sport. They are usually not racing for prize money or points, but rather for experience and the opportunity to improve their skills. Cat 4 cyclists may compete in local races or in larger, regional events. USA Cycling requires Cat 4 cyclists to be at least 14 years old and have a valid racing license.
In 2018, there were a total of 28,174 Cat 4 cyclists registered with USA Cycling. This was the second-highest category after Cat 5, which had 33,778 registered cyclists. The number of registered Cat 4 cyclists has grown steadily over the past five years, with a 20% increase since 2014.
The Origins of Cycling Term 'Cat 4'
The term 'Cat 4' was first used in the early 2000s in Belgium to refer to a type of cycling race. The term was derived from the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) racing categories, which are numbered from 1 (elite) to 5 (beginner). The term 'Cat 4' refers to the fourth category of cycling race, which is for riders with intermediate experience.
The term was first used in Belgium, but it quickly spread to other countries in Europe and eventually around the world. Today, the term is commonly used by cyclists in many countries to refer to the intermediate level of racing.
The term 'Cat 4' is now widely used by cyclists to refer to the fourth category of cycling race, which is for riders with intermediate experience. It has become an integral part of the cycling lexicon, and is used as shorthand for this type of race.