The aim of the points competition is to get people on their bikes and riding in whatever way best suits them. Whether you ride alone, with the club or even on an indoor trainer, it all counts.
The competition elements are all non-speed related and are based around the clubs Strava leader boards and club rides.
How it works
Points will be awarded to riders for Distance, Longest Ride, and Climbing based on the weekly Strava leader board.
Each week the leader in each category will be awarded 20 points. Second place will earn 19 points, Third 18 and so on. Twentieth place and below will all earn 1 point.
Bonus points will be available for participating in a Club ride. 15 points for participating in one club ride, 18 points for Two, and 20 for the full set..
So that’s a maximum of 80 points possible each week. The leader board resets Monday each week.
Towards the end of the season the competition enters a “Showdown” phase ( see below ), which sees the top 10 riders bunched back up together for a race to the finish.
Example ( with a short leader board – just to illustrate )
At the end of week one the leader board looks like this
Eddy gets 20 points for Distance, 19 for the 2nd longest ride and 19 for the 2nd highest climb ( 58 points )
Chris gets 19 for distance, 20 for longest ride and 20 for climbing. ( 59 points )
Brad gets 18 for distance, 18 for longest ride, and 18 for climbing ( 54 points )
Additionally, Eddy was out Wednesday evening ( 15 points ), Chris on Saturday ( 15 points ), and Brad did both Wednesday and Sunday ( 2 rides = 18 points ).
After the first week the points look like this:
Chris Boardman 74
Eddy Merkx 73
Bradley Wiggins 72
Week two leader board looks like this:
Massive week for Brad as he rides LEJOG. He’s leads everything and earns 60 points.
Eddy earns 19+19+18 = 56 points
Chris earns 18+18+19 = 55 points
Additionally, Chris was out Wednesday evening and earns a further 15 points, bringing him up to 70.
After 2 weeks the points look like this.
Chris Boardman 144
Bradley Wiggins 132
Eddy Merkx 129
Everything is contained within weeks, nothing rolls over and each Monday the game starts again. Some weeks the points will be easier to come by than others. So keep your eye on the leader board, on a quiet week there could be some steals!*New for 2020 The Showdown Phase*: On the 2nd of November the points of the top riders will be levelled to give a spread of no more than 45 points across the top 10. ( gaps will be narrowed to no more than 5 points )
1st Bradley Wiggins 760
2nd Chris Boardman 690
10th Eddy Merkx 415
…after levelling becomes
1st Bradley Wiggins 760
2nd Chris Boardman 755
10th Eddy Merkx 715
Eddy’s now right back in the game for the Showdown phase of the competition. If you're a rider looking to win one of the three cups you've two challenges: make sure you’re in the top 10 on 2nd November, then take advantage of levelling to chase down the riders ahead of you.
How do I enter?
Simply make sure you've joined the Weston Wheelers Strava club and that your rides are uploaded promptly ( a couple of days ). Everything else is automatic.
When does the competition start and finish?
Points for leader board positions and club rides would normally start from 30th March 2020 and end on 27th September 2020 - But for this Coronavirus disrupted season, the competition will run from Monday 3rd August to Thusday 31st December 2020.