F.A.Q. & Rules
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a time trial?
A time trial is a race against the clock. Racers are started in 30 second to 1 minute intervals.
Is drafting legal?
No. Drafting is not legal in individual time trial events. Riders drafting in individual events will be disqualified.
How many events are on the 2018 schedule?
Twenty (20). Riders can choose from indoor events, individual 10 mile, 20k, and 40k events; and team trial events of 40k, 50k, and 60k distances.
What types of awards and prizes can I earn?
MATTS is giving out $5000.00 in prizes for the 2018 racing season. Custom medals are awarded (5) five places deep for all categories at all MATTS events. Unlike some series, if you are the only rider in your race class, you will receive an award on race day. The top fastest riders may be eligible for overall cash awards (see individual event flyers for details).
Can I race twice?
Yes. It is best practice to inform the race director that you will be racing two races before the event. Some promoters do not allow second race "day of" requests due to the time and logistics of the event.
Riders can race twice in one age category or ability category (no racing down in age group or ability category). Riders who race twice in one age or ability category are eligible for one award per category. A rider's fastest time in his or her age group or ability category will count towards awards and overall pointing.
If I start a MATTS event and I do not finish, does this race count towards overall awards?
Yes. This race will count towards overall awards. You will be scored (0) zero points for this event.
Can I race down in age group of ability category?
No. Riders are to race in his or her specific age and ability cagtegory.
How many points will I earn for participating the 2-Person team time trial in 2018?
Points for the team events are distributed the same as individual age and ability cateogories.
What team time trial race class do we enter if my teammate's ability category is higher than mine?
Riders with different abilites must race in the class of the highest category. For example, a Cat 4 rider racing with a Cat 1/2 rider would race the Cat 1/2 category for this event. The Cat 4 rider in this instance would earn a maximum 5 points for this event for racing out of his or her ability class.
Can I race in a different class than my teammate(s) and be eligible for awards?
Yes, for grand masters riders (70-80+) competing in the team event, he or she can enter a different age class than his or her teammate. Riders must enter the age class of the youngest rider between 70-80+. For example, an age 70+ rider who races with a teammate who is 75 years old would enter the 70-74 age group, but finish points go into their respective category. For example, a 70+ rider and a 75+ rider win the 70-74 age group. The rider who is 70+ would receive 12 points for this event in the 70+ category, and the 75+ rider would earn 12 points in the 75+ category.
What are the rules four the Four Person ABR National Championship as pertains to MATTS riders in 2018?
Riders riding in the Open class will be pointed in their respective ability category based on finish. For instance, if my team is made up of Cat 1/2, 3, and 4 riders and our team finishes in first place, each of us will receive points in the MATTS category we raced for 2015.
For age group categories 40+, 50+, 60+ and 70+: Riders must race in category to receive points for this event and points will go into their age group that he or she raced in 2015. For example: if my team is made up of riders in the 50+ age group and the 55+ age group and we finish in first place, riders on my team would receive first place points in the age category (50+ or 55+) they raced in during the 2018 season.
How many indoor events count towards overall awards in 2018?
Two (2), a rider's best combined time of two rolling events will count towards overall awards.
How many races count towards overall awards in 2018?
A rider's 10 best races will qualify towards overall trophies and cash awards. Riders competing in at least eight (8) events will be eligible for trophies, but cannot place higher than a rider who completes 10 races. Riders completing nine (9) events will place higher than riders doing eight (8) events.
What is the procedure should I tie with another rider in overall points?
The rider participating in the most events would win the tie breaker. Should both racers enter the same amount of events and tie in points, the racer who places the highest in the season finale would win the tie breaker.
Can I race down in age class or ability category?
No. Riders are to race in his or her specific age group or ability category.
Is MATTS part of the Rider of the Year (ROTY) Series?
Yes. MATTS is part of the ROTY Series. A rider's best (8) MATTS events count towards ROTY overall points in 2018.
Is MATTS partnered with WISPORT?
Yes. We are proud to partnered with MadCity Velo's Kirke Vei 20k, a MATTS, WISPORT event. Also, new for this year, we are proud to announce that the Bong Series and the WBR Harvard events are both MATTS and WiSport events.
Where do I go to find out about MATTS 2018 overall points standings?
Please click on the MATTS points page for futher details.
Individual Time Trial Categories:
Junior 14 and under, Junior 15-18, Cat 1/2, Cat 3, Cat 4,19-24, 25-29, Masters Categories: 30-34, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79,
Tandem and Recumbent Combined Category
Series Points for MATTS- each qualifying event will be awarded points to each class as follows:
10 deep for Masters 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ & 80+, 90+ All Juniors, All Women race classes and Recumbent/Tandem/HPV. Points for these categories are as follows:
Points: 12 for 1st, 10 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th, 5 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th, 1 for 10th.
20 deep for Cat 1/2, Cat 3, Cat 4, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 as follows:
Points: 25 for 1st, 22 for 2nd, 20 for 3rd, 19 for 4th, 18 for 5th, 17 for 6th, 16 for 7th, 15 for 8th, 14 for 9th, 13 for 10th,12 for 11th, 11 for 12th, 10 for 13th, 9 for 14th, 8 for 15th, 7 for 16th, 6 for 17th, 5 for 18th, 4 for 19th, 3 for 20th.