How does the New Points System Improves Mountain Bike Race Competition at OTH this year?
Competition is important at OTH. Trumped only by the one obligatory requirement for every OTH racer birth to death: You must have fun. So how does this new scoring system improve the race to the biggest grin?
Vacationing with your family is an important part of summer. Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Go ahead hit that vacation, if you only have 4, 6 or 9 races that you can make for the season they now count for the win. A few times in the past attendance and place were ranked in equal importance for the top podium steps for the series. Regular racing will help your score. But now you don’t have to choose missing your kid’s All-star soccer game, only daughter’s graduation, or the birth of your first born just to be competitive at OTH with our New Points System.
In previous seasons a one point gap meant people were literally one point off the 2nd step after a series race of 12 races…that made the predictability of the next week’s finish a simple deflation “I can’t make up that gap”. Buck up little camper…a top finish next week might just push you from 7th to 5th with the right placing combo for you and your fellow pedalers.
Go ahead, Go hard….Yes you still have to BE NICE (or go home). Finish in the top 10 and your finishes count for multipliers in the new point structure.
So let’s say you raced Intermediate this past week, and actually improved so much since last season you finished 3-5 minutes ahead of your field…but you don’t risk losing all of your points…no problem. A score of 250 in half is still 125 points in your new class (the equivalent of finishing 6th in your move up class)…not sending you to the “Did not raced” category in the New Points System.
The new points competition keeps the racing live, and engaging, while rewarding you for putting in the time, pushing your ability, racing in the right class, and committing the the whole series. Official OTH Race Rules
Best of luck this season. We’ll see you at the races.