UPDATE: More thoughts:
- What about riders moving up or changing categories? The athlete who wins the Overall in the Cat 4/5 or the Cat 3 is likely going to be faster than most of the pack fodder in the Cat 3 or Elite races, respectively. So, the athlete's reward for winning the series -- besides a likely mandatory (and appropriate) upgrade -- is to start in the back of the pack in the next year's series because they won't have any points in their new category? This just doesn't seem right.
- What about racers entering multiple categories? Especially with promoters encouraging racers to double up on race day, it makes little sense to make a rider start in the back twice.