With two years of road riding under my belt (more mtb) I have been thinking about trying some type of race. So far, I have watched a cyclocross race at Coyote Point and that is about the extent of my race knowledge. I live in the mid-pen so I was excited that there was a crit this wekeend in Burlingame. But, there was no category 5 race. Having not see a criterium I went and checked out the Cat 4s. I was pretty surprised how serious and fast they were. I dont think I could have hung with them. So, are there any cat 5/beginner races to try? and how competative are they?