Scoring and points can be a little complicated depending on what you’re trying to score and who is doing the calculations, but we’ll try to keep it simple for beginners. When it comes down to it, you can compete against yourself, your friends or the entire world.

Races are scored in several ways:

  • For each individual event
  • Across the Wisconsin series
  • Across all races throughout North America (either permitted through USA Cycling (USAC) and its partners OR races tracked through CrossResults)
  • And across the world (through the UCI)

For the purposes of the Wisconsin CX Series, the amount of points you get depends on the position you finish within your category. The more points you have, the better you’re doing.

In larger views (regional, national and beyond) the calculations change, and the amount of points you receive depends on where you finish, the number of participants in a race, and the competitive level of the participants. Here the numbers invert and the fewer points you have, the better you’re doing.

There are also upgrade points, which are completely separate. You can cash in your upgrade points to advance to higher level categories and race tougher competition.

How important are points?

Null: If the podium is not your concern, and you are planning on racing for personal reasons, such as for fun, fitness, or personal challenge, you don’t need to worry about any points.

Low: If you are planning on racing fewer than 5 races this season, you probably don’t need to worry about series points, unless you start getting on the podium.

Medium: If you plan on participating in many events, want to get on the podium and win prizes, or want to advance to a tougher category, you may want to think about points. The lower your placement at the finish line is, the higher your score will go. With a higher score, you get a better call-up (starting position) for the next race.

High: If you want to earn swag and a series jersey at the end of the season that proves you are a top racer in your category, or race at Nationals to have a shot at proving you are the top racer in the country, you will want to think about points.

Series points – How are Wisconsin cyclocross races scored?

Overall leaders are scored for the following 21 categories:

  • Women 1/2
  • Women Masters
  • Women Cat 3
  • Women Cat 4
  • Open/Men 1/2/3
  • Open/Men Masters 35+ 1/2/3
  • Open/Men Masters 50+ 1/2/3
  • Open/Men Masters 60+ 1/2/3
  • Open/Men Cat 3
  • Open/Men Cat 4
  • Open/Men Masters 35+ 4/5
  • Open/Men Masters 50+ 4/5
  • Open/Men Masters 60+ 4/5
  • Jr Girls 9-14
  • Jr Girls 15-18
  • Jr Boys 9-14
  • Jr Boys 15-18
  • Women Single Speed 1/2/3
  • Women Single Speed 4/5
  • Men Single Speed 1/2/3
  • Men Single Speed 4/5

The series’ overall leaders will be determined by your best NINE [9] races for the year, excluding the State Championships race. 

To be eligible for the overall competition, riders must participate in a MINIMUM of FIVE [5] series races.

Trek Bicycle presents Wisconsin CX Series’ Overall series standings are available on CrossResults.

Series winners will be awarded a champion’s jersey and overall prize money. Your details will be distributed at the close of series scoring and be ordered within a specified window.

The following scoring schedule will be used for all races:

Place – Points

  • 1st 20
  • 2nd17
  • 3rd – 15
  • 4th – 13
  • 5th – 11
  • 6th – 10
  • 7th – 9
  • 8th – 8
  • 9th – 7
  • 10th – 6
  • 11th – 5
  • 12th – 4
  • 13th – 3
  • 14th – 2
  • 15th – 1

Overall points – Scoring beyond Wisconsin

Overall points are calculated in a somewhat esoteric manner by 2 different bodies. Both of these calculations can be used to position you against the entire world of cyclocross, all the way to Mathieu van der Poel the top. Cool! (But perhaps overkill.)

USA Cycling (USAC) is our official governing body and they provide permits and insurance for all our races. They take into consideration: your best 5 races, the field size, and the field quality (based on the 5 best riders from the top 10 finishers).

CrossResults glibly uses a different calculation: “an exciting combination of voodoo, internets, and linear interpolation.”

The UCI also calculates points in their own way, but only for world-ranked racers (which, until recently, included Wisconsin’s Kaitie Keough).

So who’s points are the most correct?

It depends on what your needs are. Because nobody raced in 2020, USAC ended up resetting all series points to 0. USAC also seems to have imploded through COVID, and their website is very disorganized and prone to bugs; it can be a frustrating experience. CrossResults, on the other hand, seems to be humming along efficiently and they simply transferred their points from 2019 to 2021 and called it good.

As a result, most participants seem to follow their scores (and their competition) via CrossResults and, as such, the WCA decided to use those same results to determine call-up positions, and track the overall going forward.

How call-ups work

Call-ups help organize riders at the start line based on past performance. Like Category separations, this ensures a more even level of competition within the race. The better your standing, the better your call-up will be.

If this is your first race, you don’t need to worry about call-ups. Just show up to your race about 10 minutes early and slot into the back of the start gate when your name is called.

Call-up priority

Call-ups for the opening day of racing will be based off of CrossResults overall points. In subsequent races:

  • The first 10 call-ups are based on 2021 series standings. Riders must be pre-registered.
  • Next call-ups are based on CrossResults overall points for pre-registered riders.
  • The last round of call-ups are based on CrossResults overall points for day-of registrants.

Upgrade points – Advancing through categories

USAC upgrade points are awarded in all qualifying races (where field sizes are large enough, etc.)

Upgrade Points are used to help you advance through the race categories and get you into stronger fields for better and fairer competition. Upgrade points are based on field size and your finishing position. The bigger the field, the more upgrade points are available to lower positions.

You can generally see your Upgrade Points on your CrossResults profile (scroll down and click Show Upgrade Points), though they also include unsanctioned or unofficial races, so they may be on the high side. If you’ve only raced in sanctioned events, it should be fairly accurate. If you’ve got 10 in the last 12 months, you’re due for an upgrade. If you’ve got 10 in the last 36 months, you can choose to wait, if you want.

You have to manually request an upgrade through USAC here:

If that doesn’t work, let us know.

Normally upgrade requests are pretty lenient (if you wanna race harder races, hey, it’s your funeral). Downgrade requests are more closely scrutinized.

Race day results

Day-of race results are posted as they are calculated, and posted after each race near registration. At the end of the day they are ultimately submitted to USAC and can subsequently be tracked via CrossResults.

More information regarding scoring can be found in the 2021 Wisconsin Cyclocross Racers’ Guidelines (PDF).