WHAT IS RHODE ISLAND STATE CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS?
The 2nd annual Rhode Island State Road Cycling Championships will be held from September 5th through 11th
50 miles of scenic Rhode Island terrain through the rolling hills of Tiverton and Little Compton. Within the 50 mile course there are 5 designated RACE SEGMENTS:
The Rules: During the week long “race window” (starting at 12am on Monday September 5th until 11:59pm Sunday September 11th) competitors must ride (and complete) the entire course in the correct orientation, however competitors will only be scored from the times collected during the 5 GPS segments along the route. Times recorded from Strava will be used to tally and score each segment. The cumulative time added up from all 5 segments will be used to determine the overall results and the state champion in each category. Note: 2 of the 5 segments will finish uphill (Segment #2 and segment #5) and will be used to determine a “King of the mountains” in each category and 2 of the segments (Segment #1 and segment #4) will finish on flat roads and be used to determine a “sprint winner” in each category.
Competitors will only be given one chance to compete - if you upload your ride at any point during the week long window it will be officially scored and you will not be given a 2nd chance to race the course. When the course is published, competitors are encouraged to pre-ride the course and familiarize themselves with the terrain, traffic and intersections (if you upload your pre-ride to Strava before the race officially starts it will not count for any scoring purposes) NOTE: the segments will be posted and marked 24 hours prior to the start of the event. This is a GPS based event held on open roads with no traffic marshals - this is a ride at your own risk event
This event is individually scored, but drafting off of fellow competitors is allowed. However, equipment should conform to mass start rules - no aero bars or time trial bikes. Riders are allowed to form allegiances during segments and ride in a team time trial formation if they wish (simply put, riders will be scored individually but team tactics are allowed).
Categories - medals will be awarded for each of the following state championship categories (note: A and B categories are self selected). General criteria for selecting your category: If you are competing regularly in mass start cycling events you should be competing in an A category. If you have limited racing experience or you are not somebody who regularly rides a bike you should be competing in a B category. Categories are as follows
Men’s Open (any age) Category A and Category B
Men’s Masters (46 years or older) Category A and Category B
Women’s Open (any age)
Women’s Masters (46 years or older)
Scoring and awards:
Final scoring will be completed at the conclusion of the event: Results will be posted on Monday September 12th. State champions Jerseys and category awards will be awarded at Johnny’s Place (11 Baker St, East Providence 02914) on Saturday September 24th. Winners of each state championship category are encouraged to attend the award ceremony so that state champs photographs can be taken and stored permanently archived on the RI state championships website. This is an annual event and each years state champions photos will remain on the website.