Ranking | Rider | Last Race | Results |
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Date | Title | Race ID | Course | Distance | Categories |
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- Initial category is calculated from power data for the first race.
- All riders start with 600 points.
- Riders are downgraded if they have not hit category limits in the last 3 months.
- Exceeding category boundaries will result in an automatic upgrade.
These are calculated as follows:
- A = FTP >= 4.0 && 5min >= 4.5 or 5min >=5.5 or FTP >= 4.2wkg
- B = FTP >= 3.2 && 5min >= 4.0 or 5min >=5.0 or FTP >= 3.4wkg
- C = FTP >= 2.5 && 5min >= 3.2 or 5min >=4.0 or FTP >= 2.7wkg

- A = 4.2wkg
- B = 3.4wkg
- C = 2.7wkg

- Unfiltered results are used for positions.
- Every subgroup in a race is treated as its own race.

A riders ranking going into every race is calculated from the average of their

Two calculations are done to obtain your ranking. Once against all riders in your category and then your category plus the one above.

The lowest (best) rank is used.

Rankings are set between

In general USAC summarizes the ranking system as follows;

The points system has 3 critical calculations: Race Quality, Points per Place, and Ranking Points.

The Formula for Race Quality is as follows:

If you take any race and only look at the top 10, out of those 10 the riders with the top 5 best points are the 5 critical riders that define the Race Quality. For a race to be a high quality race 5 racers with a strong USAC ranking need to be in the race and they need to finish well. It is interesting to note that the 0.9 factor is applied to Race Quality to ensure that at a minimum a race is valued at 540 points, so that even in fields where there are not any racers with USAC ranking points it is possible to obtain a better USAC ranking.

There is an exception to the Race Quality equation. If the average of all of the riders who finish the race is lower than that of the average of the best 5 in the top 10 then the Race Quality is calculated using the total race average points instead of the average of the best 5 in the top 10. This exception applies as long as the field average is higher than that of the lowest points finisher in the Top 10.

Here is an example the Race Quality equation:

Racer | Place | USAC Points |
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Racer A | 1 | 250 |

Racer B | 2 | 200 |

Racer C | 3 | 400 |

Racer D | 4 | 220 |

Racer E | 5 | 500 |

Racer F | 6 | 350 |

Racer G | 7 | 300 |

Racer H | 8 | 280 |

Racer I | 9 | 540 |

Racer J | 10 | 330 |

If for some reason the average of the entire field’s points was lower than 225, but higher than 200 (the best points in the top 10) then the field average would be utilized in the Race Quality equation.

The Points per Place is an important calculation as it defines the difference in points a rider would receive by finishing one place higher or one place lower. Points per Place is calculated as follows:

If we used the example above and assume that there were only 10 racers in the field the Points per Place would be as follows:

Finally using the results from the Race Quality and Points per Place calculations an individual’s points can be calculated.

Continuing with the example above a rider in first place would receive points as follows:

The points received by all of the racers in the example would be as follows:

Racer | Place | USAC Points | Race Earned Points |
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Racer A | 1 | 250 | 225 |

Racer B | 2 | 200 | 249.88 |

Racer C | 3 | 400 | 274.76 |

Racer D | 4 | 220 | 299.64 |

Racer E | 5 | 500 | 324.52 |

Racer F | 6 | 350 | 349.4 |

Racer G | 7 | 300 | 374.28 |

Racer H | 8 | 280 | 399.16 |

Racer I | 9 | 540 | 424.04 |

Racer J | 10 | 330 | 448.92 |

In order to see the impact of the field average ranking and the number of finishers in a race, an additional set of examples are shown below. Race Quality is held constant at 225 which allows for a simpler comparison.

Race Attributes | Original Example | Example A | Example B | Example C |
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Race Quality | 225 | 225 | 225 | 225 |

Average Ranking | 337 | 337 | 400 | 400 |

Number of Finishers | 10 | 50 | 25 | 50 |

Points per Place | 24.88 | 4.57 | 14.58 | 7.14 |

Given these new examples the earned points would look as follows:

Racer | Place | USAC Points | Original Example: | Example A: | Example B: | Example C: |
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Racer A | 1 | 250 | 225 | 225 | 225 | 225 |

Racer B | 2 | 200 | 249.88 | 229.57 | 239.58 | 232.14 |

Racer C | 3 | 400 | 274.76 | 234.14 | 254.16 | 239.28 |

Racer D | 4 | 220 | 299.64 | 238.71 | 268.74 | 246.42 |

Racer E | 5 | 500 | 324.52 | 243.28 | 283.32 | 253.56 |

Racer F | 6 | 350 | 349.4 | 247.85 | 297.9 | 260.7 |

Racer G | 7 | 300 | 374.28 | 252.42 | 312.48 | 267.84 |

Racer H | 8 | 280 | 399.16 | 256.99 | 327.06 | 274.98 |

Racer I | 9 | 540 | 424.04 | 261.56 | 341.64 | 282.12 |

Racer J | 10 | 330 | 448.92 | 266.13 | 356.22 | 289.26 |

Racer Y | 25 | 550 | - | 334.68 | 574.92 | 396.36 |

Racer AX | 50 | 550 | - | 339.25 | - 403.5 |