USA Cycling Rankings FAQ
A: The new system will take the five best ranked riders from the top 10 finishers, average their rankings and multiply that by 90 percent to create the quality of the race. Once the Race Quality is determined we need to establish the Points per Place to be distributed. Points per place are determined by taking the average rankings of all finishing riders to get the midpoint. We then take that number, subtract the Race Quality value, multiply it by 2 and then divide that number by the number of finishers, less one. Once we have both the Race Quality and the Points per Place, we can determine Rank Points for all riders. Rank Points are calculated based on the Race Quality value plus a rider’s place minus one multiplied by the points per place for the event. In summary:
Race Quality Value = (Average of 5 best ranked riders in race’s top 10) x 0.9
Points per Place = (((Avg. ranking of all finishers) – (Race Quality)) x 2) / (total number of finishers – 1)
Rank Points = Race Quality + ((rider’s placing – 1) x Points per Place)
Please note that there are certain instances that may override this general calculation. Specifically, the maximum value for any individual race result is not allowed to be more than 590, so any finisher will receive better points than the maximum value of 600. Also, if the average of all race finishers is better (less) than the average of the best five in the top 10, then the overall average is used in calculating the Race Quality.
However, the Race Quality for any race is not allowed to be better (less) than the ranking points of the best (lowest points) rider in the top 10 finishers. Finally, the Race Quality value of a race is not allowed to be worse (greater) than 540 (90 percent of the max point value of 600).
Also keep in mind that the system will only rank riders with current licenses. If you your license is expired, or pended for any reason, then you won't show up in the rankings list.
The second reason you may be missing rankings, is the race director hasn’t yet submitted results. We ask that you please allow race directors 21 days to submit results to USA Cycling. If it’s been more than 21 days, please contact the event’s race director and request the submission of results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last, but not least, is that there were 2 or fewer people in your race, and there isn't enough data to create a ranking for that particular event.
A: No, because the new system looks at your opposition and not which races you contest. For each discipline you will only have one ranking value, as opposed to the old rankings system where you would be ranked for each separate category raced.
Q: I’m a Race Director and want to make sure people who raced my event get ranked. What do I need to do?
A: The new rankings system will average your top five rankings from events within the last twelve months to calculate your total ranking. If a rider does not have all five events for the average, then maximum points (600 points) will be averaged in for every event missing.
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