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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Teamwork is crit-ical for series glory

SPECTATORS can expect an adrenalin-filled race to the finish when the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Stage comes to Barrow – but how exactly will it work?

The race is a criterium, referred to in the sport as a crit, held over a short course. It will comprise around one hour of racing, plus five laps

Teams must enter five riders in each round. The Tour Series is based on accumulated team points. And to gain points in any of the 12 rounds, a team must finish each round with at least three riders.

The first three riders of any team across the line at the end of the race will determine the finishing position of that team for that particular round.

This will be calculated on the lowest cumulative finishing position. So if a team’s first three riders finish 2nd, 5th and 9th, they have a score of 16.

While a team finishing 3rd, 4th and 11th would have a score of 18. Should any two or more teams record the same score, a result will be declared on the basis of the higher placed first rider in each team.

Points will then be awarded to the teams with the lowest scores – with 12 points for first, 10 points for second, eight points for third, etc through to three points for eighth.

The team that accumulates the most points overall across all rounds will win the overall Tour Series.

But the race is about more than just who crosses the line first. There will also be a Sprints Competition for individual riders, consisting of three sprints held around every 15 minutes.

A klaxon, PA announcements and flashing gantry lighting will indicate when there is one lap to go for the sprint.

The first five riders across the line at the sprint will receive points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

The rider with the most points at each round will be the winner of the evening’s Sprints Competition. The rider that accumulates the most points overall across the 11 rounds will win the Sprints Competition

Finally, there is also the Costa Express Fastest Lap Competition.

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