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The acronym "BAR" simply stands for Best All-round Racer. The BAR title has been in use for many decades in England, where amateur racing is often limited to time trials. The Brits have an affinity for this type of racing (see Chris Boardmann and Graeme Obree), often time trialing for distances that would make us shudder. Long time trials, short trials, it doesn’t matter—the race against the clock is the stable of British racing. The title of BAR was (and still is) given to the racer who places consistently the highest in a variety of races that count for the award, and thus a best rider is determined on a regional and national level.

The Chaparrals’ BAR award has been based at least partly on this old-world tradition. In 1990, Tom Hutchinson (one of the founders of the CCC and then-owner of Lubbock’s only pro shop, Hutchinson Cycles) revived the tradition of an earlier, similar trophy that had made the rounds among Lubbock racers in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, the Chaparrals have had a BAR winner every year.

The traveling plaque features the names of the annual winners of both the Road BAR and the Off-Road BAR. It was in the mid 1990s that the club’s mountain bike racers lobbied for a separate category, and since then two names have been engraved annually (or at least when folks turned in their points). The different nature and larger participant numbers of mountain bike races are responsible for the two different point tables that are used to calculate the winners. While the roadie points are fairly simple and straightforward, the dirt competition features a lot of fine print, especially in light of the few riders who turn in mountain points.

So, what does it take to become the club’s Best All-round Racer? For one thing, you need to race! However, the point rules were developed in such a way that you don’t necessarily have to be a seasoned racer to win the BAR. Both the Road BAR and the Mountain BAR allow an individual racer to accumulate points while competing against racers on his or her own level. Racing in local races (and even volunteering) is just as important as traveling to out-of-town events, and simply finishing races gains points (albeit fewer) just as does winning.

BAR Point Structure for Road and Off-Road Bike Races

The point structures are fairly well balanced to account for the differences between races. It is, obviously, easier to place in the top five of a local training race with only seven entrants than in the State Championship Road Race that attracts 65 racers in your class. Thus, your 4th place in the local race will not be rewarded with as many points as your 4th place in States. In a way, our BAR points work similar to the ranking system that the UCI employs or the National or Regional Ranking Points that USAC has been using for years. Our point system does have some inadequacies (mainly a certain points bias in favor of road rider categories that generally draw relatively few entrants), but in general the best racer will claim the title at the end of the year.

So, who is eligible? From its inception, the BAR was seen as a vehicle to acknowledge the club’s best bicycle racer. For a variety of reasons (among them club cohesion, team recognition, and sponsors’ interests), only riders who race in the official club jersey can accumulate BAR points. (Some of you may remember the ROY, or Rider of the Year, competition that for several years ranked all Texas road riders; racers accumulated points not only for themselves but also for their clubs, and in the resulting COY competition our smallish Chaparral Cycling Club ranked consistently in the top dozen clubs in Texas because our members represented our club instead of riding unattached—and since then, the original yellow and purple has been well recognized in down-state events.)

If you are a WTCA member, you are automatically eligible to race under the Chaparral moniker. Your USCF or NORBA license will need to name the CCC as your club affiliation, and you will have to race in one of the club's official jerseys. Even though NORBA rules allow you to ride in whatever jersey you please, you need to represent the club by wearing a Chap jersey if you want to receive BAR points. This rule is in force even for our local road training races, and you will probably understand how wearing the region’s top racing team’s colors creates visual cohesion and recognition. Of course, any club member can participate in the local training series wearing whatever jersey he or she likes (as long as USAC guidelines are observed), but you won’t earn BAR points.

The only exception to the jersey rule is granted in those rare cases when a rider is required to wear a leader’s jersey in a stage race, or in a similar scenario. Representing other teams or sponsors excludes riders from the CCC BAR for the respective races. As a case in point, long-time club member and former club president Lee Whaley now lives in Dallas and races for Team Hybrid—he is not eligible for our BAR as long as he does not wear the a Chaparral jersey. Without this stipulation, some joker might pay $20 to make Levi Leipheimer a Chap and win our BAR without even knowing about it.

Points are accumulated by racing in either USAC-sanctioned or outlaw races (the outlaw races must have been designated as a "race". For example, the Steamin’ Wheels in Abilene is a bona-fide outlaw race, but the Tour de Muleshoe is simply a tour where people like to hammer. Use the below listed points schedule to figure your points. The BAR point structure covers both road and off-road events; however, racers will indicate whether their points apply to the Road BAR or Off-Road BAR. Cyclocross races can be counted for either one of the two categories, depending on the racers preference. View the current standings.

How to Calculate BAR Points
USAC Sanctioned Event:
Type of Race:
Field Size:
Promoter or Official:
  • Training Race: A non-sanctioned race with no entry fee or prizes.
  • B Race: Sanctioned race with fewer than 100 participants total or an outlaw race.
  • A Race: Sanctioned race with at least 100 participants total.
  • Stage Races: Each separate stage as well as the overall stage race result ("GC") will be awarded points.
  • Race Series: Points are awarded for the final overall series standings if the series was scored separately and offered a separate prize list/award.
  • Championships: Only USAC sanctioned and recognized championships will be honored; others will revert to A Race or B Race level.
  • Field Sizes: If an individual category for a particular race has 10 or less competitors, the points awarded will be adjusted by a factor of .5 when there are 6-10 participants or a factor of .25 when there are 5 or less participants
    • For example, the Women Cat 4 category within a B Race has 20 competitors. A racer placing 5th will receive 32 points.
    • For example, the Women Cat 4 category within a B Race has 8 competitors. A racer placing 5th will receive only 16 points (32 * .5).
    • For example, the Women Cat 4 category within a B Race has 4 competitors. A racer placing 5th will receive only 8 points (32 * .25).
  • Finishing a Race: Finishing a race outside of 20th place awards the same points as 20th place.
  • Triathlons: No points are awarded for placings in the bike portion of any triathlon, duathlon, etc.
  • Bonus Points: Racers can earn 10 bonus points for promoting or officiating a local race for a total of up to 40 points.
  • Honor System: Racers are responsible for reporting field sizes / race sizes on the honor system.
  • Reporting Period: To be counted, all points must be reported on a quarterly basis for publication in the newsletter according to the deadlines dictated by the newsletter print schedule.

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