The HSBC UK | Cyclo-Cross National Trophy is Britain’s premier cyclo-cross series, which runs from October to January.
It consists of six rounds of racing at venues throughout Britain.
The series attracts top riders from Britain and further afield in all categories from under 14 to veteran 50-plus.
How does the scoring work?
At each round there are separate races for the various categories and riders are awarded points based on their finishing position, based on the following formula:
The first 30 finishers in the under-16 boys, veteran men 40-49 and senior/elite men’s races receive points as follows: 50, 44, 40, 36, 33, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, then reducing by one point per place to 30th place.
In all other categories, including the integral competition for under-23 men, the top 20 finishers receive points as follows: 40, 34, 30, 26, 23, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, then reducing by one point per place to 20th place.
The first 10 finishers in the senior/elite men’s races will receive UCI ranking points as follows: 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1.
What are the leaders jerseys?
After each race comes the podium presentation when medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each category and the overall leader’s jersey is awarded to the rider with the greatest cumulative points total.
The colour of the leader’s jersey differs from category to category, to avoid confusion in races where categories are mixed (e.g. senior men and under-23 men race together).
Senior men, junior men, senior women, veteran men 40-49 and under-16 boys.
Under-14 boys, under-23 men, veteran men 50+ and veteran women.
How is the series winner decided?
At the end of the season, each rider’s best five results are totalled up and the rider with the most points wins.
In the event of a tie on points, the higher position is awarded to the rider with the highest finishing position in the final round. If neither rider contests the final round, then the tiebreak is applied to the penultimate round, then the round before that, and so on.