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Cat Six


Cat 6 is a category of cyclist who is a beginner or recreational rider.

Example usage: I'm a Cat 6 rider so I'm just getting used to competitive cycling.

Most used in: North America, Europe and Australia.

Most used by: Recreational cyclists and beginners.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Cat 5, Cat 4, Cat 3, Cat 2,


What is Cat 6 Cycling?

Cat 6 cycling is a term used to describe the highest level of amateur road cycling. This level of racing is typically reserved for experienced cyclists who have a deep understanding of the sport and have achieved a certain level of success in lower category races. Cat 6 cyclists are typically well-trained and have the drive and ambition to compete at the highest level.

In the United States, Cat 6 is the lowest category of road racing that is sanctioned by USA Cycling. To compete at this level, riders must have earned a certain number of points in lower categories, such as Cat 5 or Cat 4. Riders must also have a valid racing license from USA Cycling, and may be required to pass a skills test before they can compete.

Cat 6 cycling is a fast-paced and competitive sport, and it requires a great deal of skill and knowledge. Riders must have a deep understanding of race tactics and strategies, as well as the ability to read the race and make split-second decisions. According to USA Cycling, the number of Cat 6 cyclists in the United States has grown significantly in recent years, with over 10,000 registered riders in 2018.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Cat 6'

The cycling term 'Cat 6' is believed to have originated in the early 2000s in the United States. It was used to refer to the most experienced cyclists, who had competed in at least six or more races. This term was used by riders to distinguish themselves from other cyclists who had fewer races under their belt.

The term is still used today, although its meaning has changed slightly. Now, it is used to refer to cyclists who have participated in more than a dozen races. As the sport of cycling has grown, the term has been adopted by more riders and has become a part of cycling culture.

While the exact origin of the term is unknown, it is believed to have been used as an informal way to describe the most experienced cyclists. It has since become a popular term among cycling enthusiasts, and is now used to refer to a wide range of cycling levels and abilities.

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