I have done 4 Cat 5 crits this year (as well as several road races). Most of the crits have been crash fests. I had my first crash in one of the crits when several riders went down in front of me leaving me nowhere to go. In yesterdays crit, there were 3 different crashes in the Cat 5 race. From what I can tell, its mostly from people just doing stupid things. Get a flat in the middle of the pack and immediately pull to the side thus taking out people around him, or swerving to avoid the dot on the road or small pothole. I know its not called "Crash 5s" for nothing, but do 4s get any better? Are the Masters 35+ safer, since hopefully we all recognize that most of us have to go to work come Monday? I am not going to claim that I'm the strongest rider, but its hard to think about putting my nose up in the middle of the pack when I know that the likelihood of someone doing something dumb to take people out is pretty damn high. I know, stay in the front, but that is easier said than done. It seems like most of the trouble happens at the border between the front 1/3 and the next 1/3, as riders are moving up and back in those positions. It would be great to just get to the front and stay there, but I know I don't honestly have that in me. I race because its fun, but I'm a 38 year old father/husband, so there are things that are more important to worry about. Maybe this is nothing more than a useless rant, but as I think about doing more racing, I'd like to hope that the 4s are a little safer. Thoughts?