As everyone knows, Points mean Prizes. In the case of BHPC this translates to the presentation of various trophies at the AGM at the end of the season. Each racing Class has it's own trophy (with a few exceptions), awarded to the rider with the greatest number of points in that Class at the end of the season. To avoid giving those more able to travel an unfair advantage, only points from a certain number of races are counted (usually the best 8 out of 12). As noted above most machines, except for fully-faired two-wheelers, fall into several Classes so...
How does this work?
After a race event each rider is given a position in each Class they are eligible for. So, for example, a woman riding a part-faired lowracer would be eligible for three classes: Part-Faired (P), Women Part-Faired (WP) and Open (O), which includes everyone. Say she finishes 9th overall (O), 3rd among Part-Faired bikes and 1st among Women Part-Faired, she would gain points in all three classes according to these positions:
- 430 points for 9th place in O Class
- 810 points for 3rd in P
- 1000 points for 1st in WP
How are these points calculated?
The points awarded to each position are calculated according to an obscure formula which is revised from time to time. Currently 1st place gets 1000 points, then the points decrease by 10% for each position below 1st, rounded to the nearest whole point. This gives the following allocation for the first 20 places:
What if there is more than one race at an event?
Most events have more than one 'round', as we call them, for example Round 1 may be a 1-lap time trial and Round 2 a 45-minute race. Each round is treated separately for points purposes, as above, then the rounds are combined to give an overall result for the event. The overall maximum points for an event is always 1000, regardless of the number of rounds. Typically the rounds are 'weighted' to account for differences in difficulty. For example the time-trial may contribute 20% of the total and the longer race 80%. As a worked example, take the case of someone who comes 3rd in Unfaired class (U) in the time-trial and 5th in the race:
||20% of 810 = 162
||80% of 656 = 525
||162+525 = 687
Hence this rider would gain 687 points in Unfaired class out of a possible 1000.
What if I change my bike between races?
You can only ride in one class or set of classes per event - this is a limitation of the software we use to score races. If you change bikes mid-event then you only score points in those classes which are common to both machines. For example, say you ride in Round 1 on an unfaired trike (O/P/U/Mf/M classes) then switch in Round 2 to a part-faired two-wheeler (O/P) you will only score points in O and P classes and not in U, Mf and M. This rule occasionally appears unfair when a rider's 'main' bike is accidentally damaged after one race and they borrow another machine, not in the same classes, for the second. However it is intended to prevent an advantage being gained by registering and racing with one machine then 'upgrading' for the second race but still scoring points in the original bike's classes.