I'm gonna say something that will be a big shock for many people.
This game is not that hard. Just because you're suddenly playing on gladiator range doesn't make you that good. Just says you play fine enough and your class/setup is in a decent/good state. Sometimes an overpowered state of your comp puts you in the position to do well even tho your experience is kinda limited or lesser then a more experienced (better) player.
People who get r1 are people who care enough to get it. Anyone with a proper setup can get it if he puts the effort in it. May it be moving to some shit bg, getting pve-gear or simply playing shitloads and getting high enough so nobody can catch you.
And yes, Cyclone is a harder bg but please don't overestimate it. Avea has been stuck around 2500's ever since he migrated to Cyclone and according to my sources he is kinda average. Yet maito and him have r1 because they care so much about it to waste money on moving to some shitty random german bg and doing faction changes and shit sharing it 20 ways.
Even tho I regret selling my r1 char I can't even remotely care enough about it because it doesn't mean you're the best. It simply adds e-bay value and maybe increases your e-peen. It's impossible to be the best at this game and no-one ever will be. Why? Skill-cap is very low and balance will never excist. Doesn't mean there is no difference in skill. It's mainly based on /played (in arena). That's why I probably never have that much trouble getting gladiator because I have so much experience it mostly is easy to get.
Now what I just wanna say: Enjoy the game or leave it.
I stopped playing because I simply don't enjoy WoW/WotLK anymore and will wait till cataclysm. The frustration simply took over the fun. But at least I don't have the illusion of being the best in WoRlD oF wArcrAft. Not that I'm not proud of my online achievementzzzz (r1 titlez, multiple glad every season I played, qualified for ESL group-stages etc etc)
I think I just critted with my wall of text soooooo...
Ps. DeMoNLoL, don't put yourself in the same league as maito. I can guarantee you that he probably has quite a bit more achievs/experience in this game then you'll ever get.