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 UCI and/or 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 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 except for on the final night when points are 15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
- 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
- The prize list is $750, winner-takes-all for both men and women
In 2019, Tom Rotherham and Colleen Gulick won the Rider of the Year championship. Rotherham built his momentum throughout the season contesting every single night of racing which had his title sealed by the final evening of racing. Gulick had a similar story to her season, missing a few events during the season, but racing aggressively near the end and sealing her title before the final night as well.