Welcome to the September Team Tournament!

This year’s September GOGO event is a 16-team tournament. Teams will be formed automatically by the Club’s software, using riders’ 2023 GOGO stats to try make them evenly matched.

The tournament starts on September 5th and concludes on October 1st. Keep in mind that Mondays are rest days to view results and get ready for the next week. Only rides Tuesday through Sunday count each week.

Tournament details:

Each team will compete in 4 matches – one per week. After the first week the teams will move into either the left or right side of the bracket and continue the competition. As each week concludes, winning teams will continue forward in their bracket and losing teams will move into a new bracket. Thus, each week there will be 8 matches between teams with similar win-loss records, and every team will have a chance to earn more wins. In one of the final week’s matches the 2 remaining undefeated teams will face off to determine the overall September champion. The final week will also feature the two winless teams competing to avoid the dubious honor of becoming the Lanterne Rouge. Lanterne Rouge is the competitor in last place in a cycling race such as the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French for “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a train.

Match scoring

All matches have 3 categories: miles, elevation, and days. For each match, the winning team will be the one that wins the most categories.

Each category will be scored similarly to how cross-country running meets are scored. In particular,

  1. First, calculate each individual rider’s sum total (distance, elevation, or days) for the week.
  2. Then, take the top 10 riders from each team in that category and rank them 1 through 20.
  3. Finally, add the ranks of the top 7 riders of each team together to yield the team score in that category.
  4. The team with the lower score wins the category. If two teams have the same score in the category, neither team wins the category.

In this system, there are potential match ties: 1) each team wins one category and neither wins the third, or 2) no team wins a category. In the event of a match tie, we will sum each team’s three category scores (distance, elevation, days) and the lowest aggregate score wins. In the unlikely case that there is again a tie, all category results will be recomputed by scoring the top 8 riders per team and repeating the process. If necessary, this will continue through 9 or 10 riders for each team. Should there still be a tie after recomputing scores with 10 riders per team, the team with the most mileage (based on 10 riders) will be the match winner.

Important rules:

  • Rides should be uploaded promptly upon completion. We consider it unsportsmanlike conduct to “hold back” ride data to hide information from other teams. We understand that travel, work, or Strava connection/upload issues can cause occasional delays in posting rides. In all cases, rides must be uploaded to Strava before 4pm California time of the following day in order to get credit.
  • To get credit for a day, a rider must total at least two miles.
  • Properly measured trainer rides are permitted, but will be credited with no elevation.
  • Manually entered rides will be limited to 5 miles of credit per day with no elevation.
  • A ride is credited to the day on which it starts (local time). Thus, for example, a ride that starts at 11:59pm on Sept 8th only counts for Sept 8th even though most of it actually takes place on Sept 9th. Important note: This rule is about the time of actual riding, not only the ride “start time” according to a Strava upload. If actual riding does not start until after midnight, the ride will be credited to the following day. Similarly, any large gaps in a Strava entry that spans midnight might result in some or all of the ride being credited to the second day.
  • On the final day of each match, (Sept 10, 17, 24, and Oct 1) all rides must be completed by midnight. The Strava end time of the ride must be before midnight in the local time zone of the ride.

September GOGO points for team participation:
In addition to individual riding points (see here), team members receive additional points as follows:

  • 10 points for being a team member
  • 5 points for each match win
  • 5 points for competing in the Final Four, i.e. winning both of the your first 2 matches
  • 5 points for competing in the Championship Match
  • 10 points for being the Champion team, i.e. winning all 4 of your matches

The Eagle Trophy:
The Champion team will be recognized on the front of the Eagle Trophy. In addition, the teams with the most overall distance, elevation gain, and days will be recognized on the side panels of the trophy.

September GOGO points based on individual riding:

  • 25 points for riding 100 miles or 5,000 feet
  • 50 points for riding 200 miles or 10,000 feet
  • 75 points for riding 300 miles or 15,000 feet
  • 100 points for riding 400 miles or 20,000 feet
  • 150 points for riding 500 miles or 25,000 feet
  • 200 points for riding 600 miles or 30,000 feet

Whether participating on a team or not, only rides on “competition days” (Tuesdays through Sundays, Sept. 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-Oct. 1) count toward the GOGO point levels above. Mondays do not count toward September GOGO points.

Limits on credit for E-assist rides

For all riders, whether on a team or not, the use of ElliptiGOs outfitted with E-Assist is permitted but limited in September. E-assist rides will be credited no more than 12.5 miles per hour of moving time, and no more than 1000 ft of elevation gain per hour of moving time. Thus, a E-assist ride posted Strava that covered 30 miles and gained 3000 ft in two hours of moving time would be credited with 25 miles and 2000 ft.