The Rider of the Year is the most prestigious award given out at Valley Preferred Cycling Center. It is bestowed upon the most outstanding male and female riders each season, those who exhibit greatness all season long. Each World Series of Bicycling race has designated events, both for men and women, where the top finishers earn points towards the Rider of the Year standings.
- Rider of the Year (RoY) races are to be Pro-Am category whenever the schedule permits
- Two events per evening all year for RoY points. One will be “short” defined as less than or equal to 11 laps of the track. One will be “long”, defined as greater than or equal to 12 laps of the track, when the schedule permits.
- Points are earned in the specific race, not the event number
- Points scale is the following 7-5-3-2-1
- Points will be updated weekly and posted/kept current on the website
- Any ties on points will be broken by highest placing on the final event of the series
- Individual events only for the 2018 season
- The prize list is $750, winner-takes-all for both men and women
In 2018, Stephen Hall and Colleen Gulick won the Rider of the Year championship. Hall got off to a late start, only arriving in late June after racing UCI events in Europe. He remained in TTown through the end of the season and was able to work his way to the top of the standings. However, British rider Tom Rotherham gave him a solid challenge right up to the end. With a few cancellations of Friday events, Rider of the Year points moved to a few Fuji Bike Super Tuesday events. Rotherham had the advantage in the shorter races but Hall raced hard through all the events, taking the championship to the final night of racing in 2018.
Gulick, on the other hand, was certifiably dominant. While Missy Erickson (a former Rider of the Year now in “retirement”) took a number of wins early in the season, Gulick marked Erickson heavily and eventually started to take valuable points. Because of work commitments, Erickson was unable to participate in the final 8 weeks of racing, and because these two Americans had already gained such an advantage, it was Gulick’s championship to lose. The final few weeks of racing, Gulick won nearly every race she started and claimed her second Rider of the Year championship.