I meant to post article this before the first race but a family medical emergency redirected my attention – so here it is now…
Over that past few summers we have received feedback that our points system is too complicated, especially in regards to race marshal points. We’ve been listening and this summer we’ve changed the points rules in order to make them easier to understand and to place an emphasis on racing. Basically we want your efforts on the bike to determine the season winners. Here are the highlights:
There are two significant changes to Trails Day this year:
The first is our “Alternative Trails Day” option. The big rub with Trails Day has been that if you were out of town or otherwise couldn’t make it to the scheduled trails day you were at a huge disadvantage to those who could make it (and who scored 30 points). To fix that we’ve partnered with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) and we will award Trails Day points to our members if they participate in one of RFOV’s Public Projects (but has to be one of their Public Projects – sorry, you can’t kill two birds with one stone by participating in a SkiCo or similarly sponsored project). To receive your points:
- Sign up for a public project with RFOV
- Download our Alternative Trails Day form and bring it with you to the project
- Have it signed by the RFOV supervisor at the end of the work day
- Submit the signed form to ACC.
See our Trails Day page for details and to download the form. We still encourage all our members to join us on our scheduled ACC Trails Day but if you can’t make it on that date you now have other options.
The second change is the awarding of 30 Mtb AND 30 Road Points for trails work! (Roadies take note) That’s right: Members who participate in the ACC Trails Day or in an alternative project will receive 60 points towards their overall point total! If it is all about the points for you then you can’t afford to miss out on this. Of course, you may have noticed this contradicts what I previously wrote about us wanting your efforts on the bike to determine the season outcome but in this case we feel strongly enough about the club’s commitment to trail maintenance that we have decided to not only continue to bribe you with points in return for trail work but to bribe you with even more points than before.
No More Race Marshal Points
Make no mistake about it: We can’t hold races without volunteer race marshals. But we feel our members should participate in marshaling not because they score points but because of a sense of duty and commitment to the club. Eliminating race marshal points (and the gamesmanship of trying to figuring out if marshaling a road or mountain race will benefit your point profile more) will greatly simplify the points process for everyone. But we’re still going to hold your end-of-season points over your head: If you don’t marshal at least once this summer you will be removed from the end-of-season points list. Please do your part and sign-up in advance to marshal here.
Proxy Race Marshals
While we are on the topic of race marshals: This year, in an effort to make marshaling easier, we are allowing members to have someone be a proxy marshal in their place. You can marshal if you wish, or you can have someone marshal for you. See the Rules page for details. No more excuses!
Finally, as the results coordinator I occasionally receive suggestions that our points structure should weight podium finishes more heavily than the minor placings (similar to World Cup ski racing points). The thought is that the difference between 1st and 2nd should be greater than the difference between 13th and 14th (currently the difference between each is the same: 2 points). I agree with this philosophy so I decided to take a look at it. I ran the results from the last two years using two different formulas that weighted higher finishes more heavily and then compared the end-of-season outcome against our current method. Surprisingly I found there was very little difference between our current scoring method and the other two methods, with only a few minor places swapped and no changes to the overall winners. Basically there was just not enough difference to warrant a change. So we will stick with our point structure as is: 30 points for a win, 2nd=28, 3rd=26, etc…
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about results or points. I look forward to seeing you at the races. Have fun, race hard, and be safe.
ACC Results Coordinator