I'm curious as to what others think about the basic racing categories in 'cross right now. I'm kind of a newbie, racing in Cat 4 races. I'm having fun, and I'm a loooong way from standing on any podiums. I don't care, BUT I've got some friends that I want to introduce to 'cross and unfortunately they'd be suffering far worse than I. They've raced MTB and are certainly not new to cycling, but I don't feel like I can invite them to a race knowing how they might do (get lapped).
Is the Cat 4 category full of sandbaggers? (there's PLENTY of ti bikes and riders in team skin suits...) Or should there be another, entry level, race class?