Revised 2021 Standards Tables

Revised Standards tables have been published for 2021. These tables reflect the incorporation of actual vets’ performances in 2019 and 2020 in our statistical model. They therefore reflect the most up to date position regarding comparative performances across all ages. The revised tables have been published in the Annual Handbook which has now been distributed by post or email to all members.

An Excel workbook of the tables, and a pdf version, are also available on Dropbox by following this link

The new standards are available on the website here  for solo bikes and here for tandems and are fit for use. There is a small discrepancy of a couple of seconds in the display affecting standards for people over 80 at distances up to 25 miles. Also tandem standard displays may deviate by 1 second at all ages. We are addressing these issues. The downloaded tables are correct.

Vets’ Handicap Tables

In addition to the Standards Tables there is now also a set of Vets’ Handicap Tables. These are based on what was termed the ‘Rudyard Method’ when initially presented at the 2020 AGM and in the March 2020 Veteran magazine. At the 2021 AGM it was proposed to trial this method in some events in 2021 including national championships. Groups are encouraged to try this method in one or more of their events this season.

The Rudyard Method is based on the Standards Tables but presents them as age adjustments which can be subtracted from a rider’s actual time to give a Vets’ Handicap Result. In the case of distance events, 12 and 24 hours, the adjustment is added to the actual distance.

A way of understanding the Vets’ Handicap Result is that it presents what each rider’s time would have been if they were a 40 year old e.g. a 60 year old rider effectively gets a 20 year adjustment. 

The general feedback has been that the Veteran Handicap Result is a more intelligible and comparable result for the typical rider than the plusses derived from the Standard Tables. The trial this year will help us decide how to proceed with this approach.