After listening to feedback from many USA Cycling members like you, I'm excited to tell you that a new and improved Results & Rankings program is being rolled out for the 2009 racing season!
The USA Cycling Results & Rankings program is one of the valuable benefits that we provide to you as a member of USA Cycling. And so throughout the winter months, we have worked diligently to upgrade the program in order to give you a better racing experience. Several changes have been implemented to offer you a more accurate, complete and user-friendly system that tracks your progress throughout the season.
As a member, one of the most notable changes in 2009 is that now your 10 best race finishes throughout the calendar year will be utilized to calculate your overall ranking. This is a major change compared to years past, which only factored in your best 3 race finishes over the course of a “rolling” 365-day period.
That leads us to the next significant change for the 2009 season. The ranking period will now run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each calendar year instead of the "rolling" 365-day window used previously. This allows for a more clear and concise end-of-year comparison to your peers.
In addition to a more complete sampling of races, the process used to calculate your ranking has been simplified. Gone are the complex algorithms and various technical factors used in determining a ranking in which a lower number was better. In 2009, your overall ranking will simply be the sum of all points earned throughout the year, meaning a higher number is better. This procedure is widely used across the sport of competitive cycling by both the UCI and other national federations.
In 2009, USA Cycling has also eliminated the minimum field size limits that were previously imposed. In the past, a minimum of 5 men and 3 women were required in any given category in order to accumulate ranking points, but in 2009 even if you're the only rider in your category, you're still eligible to receive points!
Another change we've implemented for 2009 is an updated points calculation table, which determines the value of ranking points awarded to competitors based on a variety of factors. The number of ranking points awarded and the depth of finishers that earn points vary by an event's level. For a full look at the points tables that will be utilized in 2009, click here.
One of the most often asked questions we receive from members is why a particular result isn’t factored into their ranking or otherwise posted on the USA Cycling website. The reason for this is simply because the results weren't submitted to USA Cycling. For example, in 2008, only 50% of road races and 65% of mountain bike races sanctioned by USA Cycling were factored into the Results & Rankings program, meaning there was a possibility your best finishes weren't calculated in your ranking. While looking at ways to improve the program in 2009, one of the enhancements we've made was to create a much easier and efficient process for promoters to submit results in an accurate and timely manner. The result will be a much more comprehensive and thorough record of your achievements. It also provides a more inclusive comparison as more riders will be ranked more often.
As a participant, you are encouraged to ask your local race promoter to submit their results to USA Cycling to ensure that all results are captured and calculated.
The changes I've mentioned above are among the most significant to take effect immediately, however all USA Cycling members are encouraged to read the USA Cycling Results & Rankings Overview, which includes more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
I hope you find these new elements to be of tremendous benefit to you, and as always, if you have comments or suggestions on how to improve our service to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.