CMC Road League

The CMC Road League – supported by JDElliott/Transpaco/Chalk-Air is a social challenge over 6 weekly events presented by Cape Multisport Club and Commix Digital.
Entry is FREE and open to ALL cyclists!
Compete in teams of 3 to 6** riders or individually, with your 4 best results contributing to your final result. Results are adjusted via a handicap system, so everyone can compete.
**NOTE – for the “Spring” version of the League, teams can be up to 10 riders. This is done to accommodate DC teams who want to use the opportunity for some team training.
Events are automatically timed using the Strava API – remember to connect your account!
Events take place on from Monday to Thursday. No mass starts – complete the designated Strava segment at any time during the day, as many times as you like. Ride in a group of friends or on your own. Best time for the day counts.

Season 2 starts on 04/10/2021!

(The successful first season was held from  03/02/2021 – 09/03/2021)

Registration - once off setup

Register account on cmc.commix.digital.
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Spring League Registration Details

Results

Event details

The nitty gritty

Communication

Please reach out to our admin team on cycling@capemultisportclub.com / our Facebook page to request to be added to our Leauge-specific Whatsapp group (we had too many problems with unsavory internet characters joining if we paste the link on this page).

The Routes

04-07 October 2021: Silos/Adderley
11-14 October 2021: Polka/Devonvalley
18-21 October 2021: Malanshoogte
25-28 October 2021: Silos/Adderley
01-04 November 2021: Polka/Devonvalley
08-11 November 2021: Malanshoogte

The Rules

The CMC Road League is a social challenge aimed at getting riders out on the road to challenge themselves to improve – and have some friendly competition to boot. It is not a race – please don’t take it too seriously!

Anyone can enter at no cost – regardless of team, club affiliation or fitness level. Donations to the club are welcome – detail at the bottom of the page.

The planned routes and Strava segments will be published on the website and confirmed ahead of time. In case of adverse weather we may decide to adjust the dates – this will be communicated on the relevant website(s) and groups.

Similarly, teams of 3-10 riders can register for the league. A rider can only ride for one team. The third rider’s time is used for the team’s result. At least 3 riders need to complete an event for a team result. Team riders do not have to ride the route together (although it’s clearly beneficial to do so).

Provisional results will be available on the website as activities are uploaded. The cutoff for uploading activities is the Friday evening following the event. Final results will be verified and published on the weekend following the event.

Spirit of the rides

This is a friendly league and we expect riders to participate in the spirit of fairness and honesty. No outside assistance. No motorized bikes (15 minute penalty). No TT Bikes (10 minute penalty). No hanging on to cars (just stupid!). If you need to wonder if it’s allowed, it’s probably not. If you are penalized while riding with a team, your entire team may also be penalized. If there are any questions, please reach out to the organizers – their decision will be final.

Safety

This cannot be stressed enough. BE SAFE. No event or challenge is worth getting injured over. Obey the rules of the road. Wear a helmet. Consider traffic and other road users. Be sensible out there.

Handicap details (short version)

(for the full version, scroll down further)
Your elapsed time (“result”) for the specified Strava segment will be adjusted by factoring in a handicap to produce an “adjusted_result” used to determine League results. Your handicap is calculated in a similar way as your Racetec seeding. If you do not have a handicap yet, your first League event will be used to calculate your handicap.

For team results, the “adjusted_result” is determined for each individual rider first. The team result is the third highest adjusted result.

Handicaps will be recalculated every Friday, based on the previous weeks’ results. For the duration of a League, your handicap can only be adjusted downwards (we are all trying to improve, right!).

Leaderboards

We publish two types of leader boards – one with the detailed results per event and a league points table. We publish this both for individuals and teams.

We publish both the adjusted and original result times / points on each of the leader boards.

Points table

First 25 individual and fist 10 teams earn league points as per table below.

Individual points (position / points):

  • 1 / 25
  • 2 / 22
  • 3 / 19
  • 4 / 17
  • 5 / 16
  • 6 / 15
  • 7 / 14
  • 8 / 13
  • 9 / 12
  • 10 / 11
  • 11 / 10
  • 12 / 9
  • 13 / 8
  • 14 / 7
  • 15 / 6
  • 16 / 5
  • 17 / 4
  • 18 / 3
  • 19 / 2
  • 20 / 1

Team points (position / points):

  • 1 / 20
  • 2 / 15
  • 3 / 12
  • 4 / 10
  • 5 / 8
  • 6 / 6
  • 7 / 4
  • 8 / 3
  • 9 / 2
  • 10 / 1

Location

The event is held around the Northern Suburbs and Boland area of Cape Town (home base of CMC). Depending on the interest we are considering expanding the locations for league events in future. Watch this space…

Banking Details

Should you want to contribute to the road league, please feel free to make a donation to our club account. Donations can be made anonymous so you can be sure it won’t affect the results! All funds will be applied to cycling events and challenges in 2022.

Even better – why don’t you join our CMC family? Annual membership is only R300. Contact info@capemultisportclub.com for all the details.

Account: Cape Multisport Club
Bank: FNB
Branch: Willowbridge
Account Number: 62184973876
Branch Code: 210655
Reference: CYCLINGROADLEAGUE
Proof of transfer to info@capemultisportclub.com

Handicap calculation

Motivation

The idea of using a handicap to adjust the results came about to allow riders of all abilities and fitness levels to participate in the League and still feel like they can compete. We want to encourage participation rather than have only a small field of really strong riders fighting it out.

The basic idea

We wanted the handicap we use to function on a similar idea as a golf handicap where a higher handicap player can still compete against a better player based on their relative handicaps. Of course we will publish both the original and adjusted times for each ride (similar to the gross and net score in golf), so the strong riders can still compare their actual ride times and results.

How it works

Each rider’s official finish time will be adjusted based on his/her rider’s index to determine the resulting time used for official league results. The formula mirrors that used by Racetec, whereby the finish time is compared to the winner’s time.

Racetec Formula for seeding index = (((finish time / winners time) – 1)/ Beta) * 100

  • Beta = difficulty index. For simplicity we keep the Beta at 1
  • Winners time = Strava segment KOM time

The reverse of the above formula is applied to determine the adjusted event finish time:

CMC Road League Adjusted time = Finish time / (((index*Beta) / 100) +1)

Rider handicaps will be recalculated (using the Racetec formula above) over the weekend following each event and published on out Facebook / Instagram / Whatsapp groups. This handicap will be applied to the results of the following week’s event. The only exception if for the first event a rider participates in. Since he/she will not have a handicap yet the first league event will be used to calculate your handicap and directly applied to the results of that same event.

For the duration of the league your handicap will only be adjusted downwards. After the league completes, handicaps will be increased by 2 points per month until the next league (CMC aims to run 2 leagues per year).