Welcome to the Points Series!
Last run by the venerable Neil Bradshaw back in 2014, we’re resurrecting The Points Series for 2017. We want you to get on your bike and start racing, TTing and climbing and this is a fun way for you to compete with your mates.
What is it?
Much like the pros, you’ll earn points for racing select events throughout the year.
When is it?
It starts on Feb 1st and Club Champs will be the final event.
OK, how does it work?
Earn 3pts for either racing or volunteering, e.g: Marshal or Sign-on.
Earn bonus points for reaching the podium in your Grade:
If no SUVelo rider is on the podium in a grade then first SUVelo rider across the line gets a bonus 2pts.
Example 1: I race C-Grade and come 2nd overall => I get 3pts for racing plus a bonus 3pts for placing 2nd. Total 6pts.
Example 2: I don’t race and volunteer to marshal => I get 3pts.
Example 3: I race B-Grade and am first SUVelo rider across the line, but don’t make the podium => 3pts for racing plus a bonus 2pts for best SUVelo rider. Total 5pts.
Battle of the Bridge
Same points as club crits. Applies to each round of BOTB, not just the SUVelo-hosted round.
Bonus 1pt if a SUVelo rider wins your grade.
Amy’s and B2B
Top 3 SUVelo in each Age Group get 5, 3 & 2pts respectively.
Bonus 5pts if you qualify for Worlds.
Same rules as Amy’s/B2B, but double points.
What about Time Trials?
Yes, we’ve thought of those of you who still want to use your TT bike which has been in the shed since you gave up triathlons 😉
We’ll take your fastest time for the first half of the season (Feb 1 to May 31) and your fastest time for the second half of the season (June 1 to Club Champs).
The Top 5 per grade (your club crit grade) in each TT type (see below) will win points: 8, 5, 3, 2, 1.
Bonus 5pts if your time is faster in second half of the year.
For the inevitable TT bike versus road bike question the following rules apply:
1. If you use ANY of TT bike, TT helmet (aka sperm lid), TT bars, disc wheel (or cover) or skin suit then you’re deemed to be in “Full TT” mode.
2. Anything else is “Road TT”. Aero road helmet, aero road wheels & aero road frame etc. allowed for “Road TT”
I will assume everyone is in “Full TT” mode unless you specifically claim to be riding “Road TT” mode.
I’m relying on your honesty here!
What about the Climbers?
We’ve thought of you skinny whippets too
There are three nominated climbs which will count for points.
McCarrs Creek Road
Bobbin Head West
Ride them as often as you want.
Strava or it didn’t happen!
At the end of the year, the top 5 times per grade (your club crit grade) on each climb win points: 8, 5, 3, 2, 1pts respectively
Bonus 5pts if you’ve registered a time on all three climbs.
Example 1: You are 7th in your grade up Garie (0pts), 4th up McCarrs (2pts) and 3rd up Bobbin (3pts) = 5pts, plus bonus 5pts for recording a time on all three climbs = total 10pts.
Example 2: You are 1st in your grade up Bobbin (8pts), 3rd up McCarrs (3pts), but you didn’t ride Garie (no bonus) = total 11pts.
Right, that’s it. The idea is that this is a bit of fun and a way to encourage you to get out there and race (crits, fondos, TTs) or smash yourself up some climbs.