Rocky Mountain Road Cup - a new Three-tiered Points System series

Rocky Mountain Road Cup and Colorado Cross Cup to Switch to Three-tiered Points System

GOLDEN, Colo. January 25, 2012 - The Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado – the ACA - is proud to announce revamped points competitions for the 2012 road and cyclocross seasons. The road competition gets a whole new name – the Rocky Mtn Road Cup – and the cross season will again feature the organization’s signature Colorado Cross Cup branding. The most significant difference for this year’s competitions is the utilization of a three-tiered points system for the organization’s 120+ annual events.

The Rocky Mtn Road Cup and Colorado Cross Cup will both feature Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level events. These levels represent the amount of points on offer for high placed finishers, with Gold events having the most points available. All weekend events that are permitted by clubs who are members of the ACA will be awarded, at a minimum, a Bronze designation. The ACA Board of Directors will designate those events which will be awarded the Silver and Gold levels based upon recommendations from its Technical Committee, Chief Referee and Chief Judge reports, event quality, prize list, the race director’s organization, event tradition, location and timing on the race calendar.

“We are very excited to release these new points competitions for races in Colorado and eastern Wyoming,” said Clint Bickmore, President of the ACA Board of Directors. “The goal is to create the best racing calendar for our racers, and this new system is great for our athletes, who can now score points at all weekend events during the season. The way in which the events are designated will ensure that the overall winner is the best rider throughout the many different events that we host, including time trials, hill climbs, criteriums, and road races. This progressive points system allows a rider to be successful if he/she races a specific type of event, but to be at the top of the standings, a rider will have to excel at many different cycling skills.”

One of the principal reasons to move to a system in which all events are given a points designation is to protect the efforts of race directors. “Our race directors put together great events. But under the old system - which gave either a flat level of points, or no points at all – those races with no points had a difficult time attracting a large number of athletes,” said Chris McGee, ACA Executive Director. “Our new points competitions give us the ability to protect our smaller promoters and events, while at the same time, we can offer Silver and Gold level designation to those events that provide an exceptional experience for racers, families, sponsors, officials, volunteers, and host communities.”

For more information on the 2012 Rocky Mtn Road Cup and Colorado Cross Cup, including the points table and rules of the competitions, please see the ACA website at

Established in 1976, the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado - the ACA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit sporting organization that supports and promotes competitive road, cross and track bicycle events in Colorado and eastern Wyoming. The ACA provides an array of programs, including an extensive Junior Development Program, to both attract new members and teach existing racers how to enjoy the sport of bicycle racing. The ACA has more than 3,000 members and features more than 120 events annually. The ACA serves as the Local Association of USA Cycling in our area.

Rocky Mtn Road Cup FAQs

Rocky Mtn Road Cup and Colorado Cross Cup Points Table and Rules

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Short sighted changes

Back to the perfect attendance awards. ACA has created a new blackmail system against promoters. Races with some of the biggest attendance, longest history and best run are given bronze category because they made decisions, prior to criteria even being announced, not to use an unnecessarily expensive timing system, meet minimum criteria for prizes for Pros, etc. The categorization is not based on previous racer attendance.

Also gotta wonder how a state championship race isn't given the highest level of recogniztion. Seems like our ACA leadership has jumped in bed and picked up all the bad and and manipulative aspects of USAC.

Will Riders Care about RMRC?

Do you think anybody will care about a 5 and half month series including 50 races? Only a small set of riders will even do half of the races. The rest will do their 6 to 12 races for the year and not care one bit about the RMRC.

Bronze points are worthless. Winning a Bronze race is the same as 16th place at "Gloden" event, even if the Bronze race has 80 people and the Golden one has 20.

Best move of the Cross Cup was limiting it to 3 months and a more limited set of races. This year it will be 4 months and every Cross Race that plays by the rules.

Was going to look up some examples of race number but get this on the ACA results page...
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The whole idea of golden events awarding more points than bronze events is that you should not see 20 people at the golden events and 80 at the bronze events.

More likely you'll see the 16th place finisher at a golden event placing well, maybe even winning, a bronze event because the 15 folks he/she could never beat didn't show up.

The sad thing is, the bronze winner (aka golden pack filler) will probably think they did something special.

So what

if they feel they did something special, why would you care, nothing wrong with a high place and feeling "special" for ten minutes, you can only race against who is there, good for them to get that special feeling even if it is only once. You should just worry about you.

You are right

better to stay at home where you are safe. Better to be able to say I am much too fast for those small fields. Better to think those sorry pitiful cyclist, how dare they they feel good about themselves in those sorry arse fields. Better to judge them from the couch. Better for you to understand intrinsic, bless those who show.

yes, yes they do - I've been

yes, yes they do - I've been a member of a number of little amateur sports leagues, and this kind of selfimportant drama is par for the course.

the ACA and the local / regional racing association(s) have reminded me for years of Little League factions and the kinds of political backstabbing that happen on HOA boards. It's hilarious, you'd think the world revolved around these OH SO IMPORTANT decisions about start times, categories, bla bla bla.

it happens in local figure skating competition, dog shows, horse shows, soccer leagues, you name it. The smaller the amateur bushleague sports association, the more selfimportant the little tinhorn dictators involved in running it like to make themselves.