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.