The DRS Vision

We’ve created the Series Rules & Scoring, but we’d really like everyone to know what we’re trying to do with this racing series as we hope that will make sense of the rules. We may not always have it right either, and we’re open to improving ahead of a main series later in the year, so constructive feedback is always welcome!

One fundamental thing we’ve learned from racing at the top and bottom of categories … is that it’s more fun if you can contribute! So we’ve tried to keep this at the core of the DIRT Racing Series.

– Its for a Team of between 4 and 8 riders
– Who can race in the same half-category
– To compete for 4 different virtual trophies
– Three Tuesdays in the ZRL break

Teams & Timezones

  • We think its more fun when teams race together, so we do need the teams to be of riders of the same category and riding the same timezone. Its also the only way we can all know who we’re racing against.

  • Right now we’ve gone for 2 timezones (See Series Schedule).
    • We’d love this to be so successful that we can open more time slots up for the main series, so if you can find a way to make this time work for these 3-weeks we think you’ll be glad you did and you help us prove there is enough demand for more times for the main series!

  • We know that making up your teams might be a little more difficult with the half-categories, so whilst we will allow teams of up to 8 riders – for the Points and iTTs it will only be the best 4 scores that will count.
    • This means that even if you’re a small team or your team end up with #dirtlife challenges then you’ve still got a great chance!
    • However we don’t want lots of people getting FOMO so all 8 can race if they want.
There will also not be any DQs for the team just because life gets in the way, if one rider is all that can ride, then that’s OK!

Categories

  • Half Categories for B & C racers and no A+ riders (sorry super powerful ones!).
    • These are the biggest race categories with 80% of racers in these 2 categories – hence they need splitting to even out the distribution of who’s hauling in the points!
  • We’ve tried to keep it simple though by aligning with the current ZwiftPower thresholds and adding in the C+ and B+ limits.
  • Check the table below for your minimum Race Category or use our DRS Category Calculator to automatically calculate your Race Category.
    • But don’t panic about riding up a category to be with your team if they are stronger, because it’ll only be a half-category higher.

      Category Table

  • Transparency is important to us. No power categorisation is properly fair, we know that, but we want to do the best with what we’ve got.
    • So we will be transparent that there is a 0.2 w/kg limit over threshold for the 95% of 20-minute effort in the race (what ZwiftPower call the WKG limit).
    • Above this then you will get a DQ and then be asked to race in the category above for future races.
    • We believe that this higher limit means that everyone can push as hard as they can in the race and in fact will mean those on the limit upgrade sooner – which makes more competitive racing for everyone in the long run!
  • Its going to be down to Team Captains to make sure that everyone is in the right pen, because if someone races too low, then the Team will lose 5 Team points from that week’s total excluding that rider!

The Leaderboards & Points

  • Team Classification. This is the big one.
    • There will be up to 20 Teams in a Category and Team Points running from 20 to 1.
    • All races count and the winner has the most Team Points at the end.
    • Countback in the event of a tie will be on Team Total Points for all races (best 4 results) and then on Finishing Points (from the same riders) for all races.

  • Rider Classification. Which individual won the most points.
    • For the mini series the iTT and Points Race will count.
    • The winner is the one with the most Total Rider Points.
    • Countback in the event of a tie will be on Finishing Points.

  • Sprinter Classification. Who is the fastest sprinter?
    • For the mini series the iTT and Points Race will count.
    • The winner has the most Fastest Segment Points on the Sprint segments.
    • Countback in the event of a tie will be on the points scored in the iTT Sprint segment.

  • Climber Classification. Who is the mountain goat?
    • For the mini series the iTT and Points Race will count.
    • The winner has the most Fastest Segment Points on the KOM segments.
    • Countback in the event of a tie will be on the points scored in the iTT KOM segment.

Team Time Trials

Nice and simple – up to 8 riders and it’s the time of your 4th rider that crosses the line. If you end up having to race as a 3 or even a 2 – then chapeau to you for doing it and if you request it (and as long as we’re comfortable that your competitors couldn’t perceive that this was for advantage) then we’ll look to instate a time for you.

Points Races and Individual Time Trials

  • We’ve made sure there are valuable Finishing Points all the way through the pack – with special uplifts for a Top 10, Top 20 or Top 40 finish.
  • We’ve done this because we’ve all smashed a sprint as best we can, or tried and failed to make a breakaway, just for 40th place … but this time it will be worth doing!
  • However, the podium and the winners of the race will still make the biggest difference to the Team score, as they should!
So here’s how it works.
Finishing Points:
70th and below gets 2 points. Every position higher gets 1 extra point. And then there are cumulative steps up at 40th, 20th, 10th, 3rd, 2nd & of course 1st. Full points table can be found in the Series Rules & Scoring.

Fastest Points Summary

Fastest Segment Points (Primes) for Points races and iTTs
  • We also hope that in the DRS there will be different racers getting the bonus points compared to those who win the race. Which is why we will have Fastest Segment Points only (after all first across the line points do often go to the top 10 anyway)
  • There’s also a fresh chance every lap for FTSs in multi-lap races.

    Fastest Segment Points Table

We think that will best balance out who can contribute in the teams and allow Sprinters & Climbers to play in their own competition in parallel. Oh, and we hope Sprinters and Climbers will still push for finish points as well because they are still so valuable all the way down the field!

There are even Fastest Segment Points in the iTT where there’s no draft so it will not only be the race of truth but the Sprint and Climb of truth too. We’re looking forward to seeing how that pans out!

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