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DIRT Hors Categorie Series

Get ready to push yourself to the limit and experience the thrill of competitive racing on extremely challenging courses! The Hors Categorie Series, powered by Team DIRT Racing, is bigger, better, longer and harder than anything we’ve hosted before!

Challenging Courses

Six hard and challenging courses. The races with duration around 1,5 hours will test both your endurance and strength

Category Enforced
with Custom Limits

Category Enforced (with custom limits based on zFTP, zMAP and Compound Score) individual racing and a balanced points structure (FIN, FTS, and FAL). Competitive experience for everyone!

Time

From the 03 of February to the 10th of March 2024, join us every Saturday at 09:00 UTC OR every Sunday at 18:00 UTC.

Next Race

Race 4/6
Makuri: Temples and Towers (55.3 km | 613 m)
ZONE 1 (17/02/2024, 09:00 UTC): https://www.zwift.com/events/view/4138930
ZONE 2 (18/02/2024, 18:00 UTC): https://www.zwift.com/events/view/4138932

Series Schedule

Race Nr. Zone & Time Date Course Length & Elevation Racepass
Race 1/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 03/02/2024 Watopia > Bigger Loop 53.3km - ↗ 692m Results
Race 1/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 04/02/2024 Watopia > Bigger Loop 53.3km - ↗ 692m Results
Race 2/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 10/02/2024 New York > 2022 Cycling Esports World Cup 55km - ↗ 943m Results
Race 2/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 11/02/2024 New York > 2022 Cycling Esports World Cup 55km - ↗ 943m Results
Race 3/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 17/02/2024 France > La Reine (Individual Time Trial) 22.9km - ↗ 1.205m Results
Race 3/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 18/02/2024 France > La Reine (Individual Time Trial) 22.9km - ↗ 1.205m Results
Race 4/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 24/02/2024 Makuri > Temples and Towers 55.3km - ↗ 613m
Race 4/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 25/02/2024 Makuri > Temples and Towers 55.3km - ↗ 613m
Race 5/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 02/03/2024 Scotland > The Muckle Yin 56.9km - ↗ 691m
Race 5/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 03/03/2024 Scotland > The Muckle Yin 56.9km - ↗ 691m
Race 6/6 Zone 1 - 09:00 UTC 09/03/2024 Watopia > Accelerate to Elevate 43.6km - ↗ 1158m
Race 6/6 Zone 2 - 18:00 UTC 10/03/2024 Watopia > Accelerate to Elevate 43.6km - ↗ 1158m

Series 4 – Stage Briefing

Race 1/6 (Watopia: Bigger Loop)

Fuego Flats Sprint Forward – FTS
Epic KOM Climb Forward – FAL + FTS

Race 2/6 (New York: 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships Route)

New York KOM Sprint Forward – No segment points
New York KOM Climb Forward – FTS
New York KOM Sprint Forward – No segment points
New York KOM Climb Forward – FAL
New York KOM Sprint Forward – FTS
New York KOM Climb Forward – No segments point but Finishing Points (Final climb)

This route is 2.5 laps of New York: Knickerbocker finishing on top of New York KOM Climb Forward.

Race 3/6 (France: La Reine)

NO SEGMENT POINTS but higher Finishing Points (Individual Time Trial)

Race 4/6 (Makuri: Temples and Towers)

Lap 1:
Castle KOM Climb Forward – FTS
Temple KOM Climb Forward – FAL
Lap 2:
Castle KOM Climb Forward – FTS
Temple KOM Climb Forward – NO SEGMENT POINTS

No segment points at Rooftop KOM Climb Forward.

Race 5/6 (Scotland: The Muckle Yin)

Lap 1:
Sgurr Summit North Climb Reverse – FTS
Sgurr Summit South Climb Forward – NO SEGMENT POINTS
Lap 2:
Sgurr Summit North Climb Reverse – FAL
Sgurr Summit South Climb Forward – FTS
Lap 3:
Sgurr Summit North Climb Reverse – NO SEGMENT POINTS but Finishing Points (Final climb)

No segment points at The Clyde Kicker Climb Forward, Breakaway Brae, Breakaway Brae Reverse & Champion’s Sprint.

Race 6/6 (Watopia: Accelerate to Elevate)

Woodland Sprint Sprint Reverse – FTS
Sasquatch Sprint Sprint Reverse – NO SEGMENT POINTS
Acropolis Sprint Sprint Reverse – NO SEGMENT POINTS
Stoneway Sprint Sprint Reverse – FAL
Alpe du Zwift Climb Forward – FTS (Final Climb)

Rules and Scoring

1: Overriding Principles
  1. Race within the spirit of the rules. You can see what we’re aiming for here so work with us. Don’t try to game the system if we missed a loophole. We want to find the fastest bike riders not the smartest sneaks or fastest salad spinners.
  2. Be honest with your stats and recognise that when we are eRacing the appearance of honesty is also crucial! Don’t mess with your height. Don’t lend your account to anyone else to play with. Don’t find a massive weight drop the day before the Alpe du Zwift race.
  3. Communicate with respect, empathy, and understanding. Ensure your messages are considerate and non-offensive. If in doubt, refrain from typing. It’s simple.
  4. If you think someone is operating outside of the rules (technically or by behaviour), then contact DIRT Hors Categorie Series Race Control (via a Discord Direct Message or mail to horscategorieseries@gmail.com). We handle all flags carefully and base conclusions on available/requested data. Avoid in-game messaging or post-race discussions.

Please note that our overriding principles will always take priority over the general rules. These principles apply both in-game and on any social media platforms where HCS or HCS races are being discussed. Any breach of these overriding principles may result in race disqualification (DQ), season disqualification (SDQ), or permanent expulsion, depending on the severity of the violation.

2: Rider Requirements
  1. All riders should have completed 3 maximum effort RACES (minimum 20+ minutes per race) prior 90 days to start in a DIRT Hors Categorie Series race. Anyone who doesn’t have any activity on Zwift within the previous 90 days can only race in pen E.
  2. Riders must have a fully registered ZwiftPower.com account that has enabled the sharing of rider data with ZwiftPower from your Zwift Profile Connections.
  3. Riders should ensure that races in this series are saved as PUBLIC to ensure transparency.
  4. In the event that a rider is reported to HCS Race Control for technical reasons, then Race Control will request the original Zwift FIT file from from the rider via notification on Direct Message on Discord, via the Zwift commentary function for the specific event or by e-mail. This will need to be provided within 24 hours and failure to provide that FIT file will itself be a Single Race DQ or even an exclusion of the entire series for the rider in question. In the event that a rider is reported to HCS Race Control for behavioural reasons, then HCS Race Control will request a statement from the rider via notification on Direct Message on Discord, via the Zwift commentary function for the specific event or by e-mail. Harassment could result in a points deduction, a single race DQ or even an exclusion of the entire series.
  5. Riders must have accurate height and weight entered in-to their Zwift profile, either through Companion app or Zwift.com. Weight reductions of >2kg close to the event will require the rider to verify this with a weigh-in video.
  6. Riders are not permitted to change their height, weight or any other biometric information from the point they enter the pen to when they exit the race.
  7. All riders must transmit power information to Zwift. This can be done by using a Smart turbo trainer, Smart bike or Classic ‘dumb’ trainer with a separate power meter. Riders without connected Power device to Zwift will not be able to enter the starting pen. Don’t use anything to generate power other than a bike or hand-bike (Ski-Erg and all power multipliers are prohibited).
  8. All riders must wear a heart rate monitor (HRM) that transmits data directly to Zwift. Riders without connected HRM device to Zwift will not be able to enter the starting pen.
3: Categories
  1. HCS uses custom changed Category Enforcement (CE) to place riders into the correct pen:
    PEN zFTP W/kg zMAP W/kg Compound Score
    A > 4.1 OR > 5.0 OR > 2.100
    B > 3.6 OR > 4.4 OR > 1.750
    C > 3.2 OR > 3.9 OR > 1.400
    D > 2.8 OR > 3.4 OR > 1.100
    E < 2.8 OR < 3.4 OR < 1.100
  2. Category Enforcement (CE) means that riders could start in different categories within the series, always in the minimum possible category on race day. However the race results for the league table are category-related, which means that only the points earned in the specific category are added to the overall result of the same category. Therefore we recommend riders who are close to a specific category limit to start directly in the next higher category.
4: Individual Leaderboard and Points
  1. The Individual leaderboard is calculated to the accumulated Total Rider Points (Finishing + FTS + FAL points) of a rider in HCS races of the same series. The best 4 out of 6 results are counted.
  2. Finishing position points (FIN): are awarded to all riders finishing the race as per the table in 6.1 below.
  3. Fastest Through Segment (FTS): points are awarded to the top 10 times through the segment on each lap as listed in 6.2 below – in conjunction with the course schedule. Be aware some segments may be worth double points and some segments may not count so study the race details carefully!
  4. First Across the Line (FAL): points awarded to the top 10 riders across the segment finish line on each lap as listed in 6.3 below – in conjunction with the course schedule. Be aware some segments may be worth double points and some segments may not count so study the race details carefully!
  5. The results will be published on Zwiftpower.
6: Points Tables

Hors Categorie Series - Finishing Points (FIN) - Points Races

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 120 115 110 105 104 103 102 101 100 99
Position 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85
Position 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Points 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71
Position 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Points 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61
Position 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
Points 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51
Position 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Points 45 45 44 44 43 43 42 42 41 41
Position 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Points 40 40 39 39 38 38 37 37 36 36
Position 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
Points 35 35 34 34 33 33 32 32 31 31
Position 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
Points 30 30 29 29 28 28 27 27 26 26
Position 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100+
Points 25 25 24 24 23 23 22 22 22 22

Hors Categorie Series - Finishing Points (FIN) - Individual Time Trial

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 160 155 150 145 144 143 142 141 140 139
Position 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 134 133 132 131 130 129 128 127 126 125
Position 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Points 120 119 118 117 116 115 114 113 112 111
Position 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Points 110 109 108 107 106 105 104 103 102 101
Position 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
Points 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
Position 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Points 85 85 84 84 83 83 82 82 81 81
Position 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Points 80 80 79 79 78 78 77 77 76 76
Position 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
Points 75 75 74 74 73 73 72 72 71 71
Position 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
Points 70 70 69 69 68 68 67 67 66 66
Position 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100+
Points 65 65 64 64 63 63 62 62 62 62

Hors Categorie Series - Fastest Through Segment (FTS)

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5

Hors Categorie Series - First Across the Line (FAL)

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 10 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 5 5

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