This event is run on a time basis with the winner in each stage being the fastest finisher and the winner of the general classification being the person in each grade who has the lowest cumulative time over the 4 stages.
Each grade competes for three jerseys:
- Yellow Jersey for winner based on general classification
- Green Jersey for the person who gains most sprint points
- Polka Dot Jersey for the King/Queen of the mountains is for the person who gains most hill climb points
We currently run four age based grades and split those by gender giving us:
- U20 Boys
- U20 Girls
- U17 Boys
- U17 Girls
- U15 Boys
- U15 Girls
- U13 Boys
- U13 Girls
There are four stages, two on Saturday, Time Trial and Criterium, and two on Sunday, Hill Climb and Road Race.
Stage 1 is the Time Trial which is contested on Taylor Pass Road and is roughly 3km. It has a gentle uphill gradient for most of the course and a short climb and descent about one kilometer from the finish
Stage 2 is the Criterium which is contested on the Go Kart Track (off of the Wither Road Extension). It is roughly 900m per lap and has a short climb and many tight corners. Sprints are contested every three laps. The criterium winner is the first rider to cross the finish line. The individual finish times contribute to each riders aggregated general classification time. The person who accumulates the most points from the designated sprint laps in the criterium will lead the Sprint Ace. It is therefore possible to win both the GC and Sprint Ace categories of the criterium.
Lapped riders will be removed from the criterium and awarded the slowest finisher plus two minutes. This is done for safety reasons and will not be considered a DNF so they will be allowed to start the next stage.
If a rider suffers a mechanical failure or crashes then they have one lap to rejoin the race.
Stage 3 is the Hill Climb which is contested on a private driveway off Marlborough Ridge Drive. It is about 1km and begins with a flat section following the shore of a small lake and then climbs sharply to the finish. The individual times contribute to that individual riders aggregated general classification time. The fastest five riders in each grade will also be awarded points for the King/Queen of the Mountains.
Stage 4 is the Road Race at Fairhall, we use the Fairhall Hall as a base for the race and the prize giving afterwards.
All Grades start the road race on Ben Morven Road and also contest sprint primes each subsequent time that they pass the start line. They then turn left out of Paynters Road and go up the Marlborough Ridge to contest a hill climb each lap, the race finishes there also. When the riders exit the Marlborough Ridge they turn left again and go a short distance up New Renwick Road before doing a U-turn by the Fairhall Cemetery then heading back down past Fairhall Hall and turning back into Ben Morven Road to contest the next sprint prime. The finish does not carry any King/Queen of the Mountains points or any Sprint Ace points.
How to win
In each stage of the tour the riders will be timed. The winner of the general classification category is the person with the lowest aggregate time over all 4 stages and will be awarded the Yellow Jersey and the cup.
Sprint points can be won in the Criterium and the Road Race and are awarded to the first 5 place getters in each sprint. The sprint points are 6 for first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth & 1 for fifth. The person who accumulates the most sprint points is the sprint winner for their grade and will be awarded the Green Jersey.
Hill Climb points can be won in the Hill Climb and the Road race and are awarded to the first 5 place getters in each hill climb. The hill climb points are 6 for first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth & 1 for fifth. The person who accumulates the most hill climb points is the King/Queen of the Mountain winner for their grade and will be awarded the Polka Dot Jersey.
In the case of a tie for points the winner is the person who got the most points in the last relevant contest, so in a tie for the King/Queen of the Mountains the winner would be the person who picked up the most points in the last hill climb. The criterium and road stage finishes do not count as either Hill Climbs or Sprint Primes.