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Rider of the Year

2019 Men's Rider of the Year Standings

PLACENUMBERNAMECOUNTRYTEAMPOINTS
1M2THOMAS ROTHERHAMGBRAffinity75
2M3SHANE KLINEUSASmart Stop41
3M148GEORGE JACKSONNZLSubway Performance25
4M31JOSH DUFFYAUSUnattached25
5M144MATTHEW ROTHERHAMGBRTeam GB24
6M151ZAK KOVALCIKUSABlack Lodge Cycling20
7M34MICHAEL ASTELLAUSMaloja pushbikers15
8M99JUSTIN BUTSAVAGEUSAStar Track14
9M70NICHOLAS KERGOZOUNZLNew Zealand14
10M132HAYDEN STRONGNZLUnattached12
11M1STEPHEN HALLAUSMALOJA PUSHBIKERS11
12M41DEREK GEECANCanada9
13279NATHAN ROBERTSUSAYoung Medalists8
14226IAN OELRICHUSATeam Velosport-CA8
15M24STEVE FREDERICKUSA7
16M264TOMMY QUINNUSAEdge Cycling7
17M127MICHAEL FOLEYCANCanada7
18M121JAMOL EASTMONDBARTeam Barbados6
19M122EDWIN SUTHERLANDBARTeam Barbados5
20M248JOSHUA HARTMANUSAStar Track4
21M76JEAN SPIESRSASouth Africa / GIG4
22M281LACHLAN HOLLIDAYNZLPiedmont College3
23M63CORBIN STRONGNZLSt George Continental3
24M147DYLAN SIMPSONNZLUnattached2
25M105MARK WAGNERUSANew York Velodrome Association, Inc.2
26231RYAN JASTRABUSAWildlife Generation Pro Cycling P/b Maxxis2
27M143HUGO VELAZQUEZARGArgentina1
28211GRANT CARTERUSAT-Town Elite1
29M21MICHAEL MILLERUSAActive Yards1
30M124JACKSON KINNIBURGHCANUnattached1
31M126CLEVER MARTINEZVENUnattached1
32234BILLY TAYLORUSAStar Track1
33M80TYLER COLETTOTeam DPS1

2019 Women's Rider of the Year Standings

PLACENUMBERNAMECOUNTRYTEAMPOINTS
1W1COLLEEN GULICKUSAPickle Juice Pro81
2W46SHAANE FULTONNZLNew Zealand/Waikato Hub48
3W65JESSICA CHONGUSAMathletes Racing34
4W66ELSPETH HUYETTUSANew York Velodrome Association, Inc.25
5W12MAGGIE COLES-LYSTERCANPickle Juice Pro25
6W11KIMBERLY ZUBRISUSAThe Velo Shop16
7W85MADALYN GODBYUSAUSA14
8298CAMIE KORNELYUSACentury Road Club14
9W48SAMANTHA OGLENZLNZ/Waikato Hub13
10W67AMBER JOSEPHBARAffinity13
11W49OLIVIA RAYNZLWelland Racing12
12297VANESSA ROMANOUSAYoung Medalists10
13W53TESSA YOUNGNZLSubway NZ Track Team10
14W59IVY KOESTERUSALa Grange8
15W63MEGAN JASTRABUSARally-UHC Pro Cycling8
16W76ALIJAH BEATTYUSAPickle Juice Pro7
17W18VERENA EBERHARDTAUTRSC ARBÖ Südburgenland6
18271MCKENZIE BROWNEUSAUnattached3
19362DANIELLE SHUMSKASUSABig Picture Cycling3
20494MIA DEYEUSAEdge Cycling2
21W88TAYLOR SAWYERUSAPickle Juice Pro Cycling2
22W47JAYMIE KINGNZLWaikato/BOP Performance Hub2
23W89LAUREN PERRYAUSUnattached2
24272MASAMI YAMASHITAUSABig Picture Cycling1
25269CHRISTINE D'ERCOLEUSAUnattached1

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.

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