Singapore Cycling Federation unveils new ranking and points system

Singapore's national road-cycling scene will have a new ranking and points system.
Singapore's national road-cycling scene will have a new ranking and points system.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) announced a new ranking and points system for Singapore's national road-cycling scene on Thursday, starting on March 13 at the OCBC Cycle Road Race, the first road-cycling event of the year.

Riders will be able to accumulate individual points depending on their finishing positions in any of the four road events this year, which also include the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship (criterium and individual time trial) and the OCBC Cycle 2016 Speedway Club Championship.

If a rider finishes first in any of the races, 13 points are awarded, while riders who finish with a second, third, fourth and fifth placing will be rewarded with 11, nine, seven and six points respectively. Those placed sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth will score five, four, three, two and one point respectively.

The newly implemented system only applies to the semi-finals and finals stage for team events at the OCBC Cycle 2016 Speedway Club Championship in September. Points will be totalled up after the conclusion of the last race at the end of the year, with riders' point tallies reset at the beginning of each year.

SCF's sport and technical manager Samuel Yang said: "The aim and objective is to create more winners, more opportunities for people to celebrate (the sport) and come for events. On top of a national champion when we have our nationals, we will have a points ranking champion as well, so this is the added depth to more winners."

"Also, (we want) to create extra data points to justify people wanting to represent Singapore, at competitions and even at major games."

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