League events are divided into separate races for boys and girls, and split according to wheel size.
All riders normally use the League’s Islabike Beinn bikes, with either 26” or 24” wheels.
The exact number of races in each event depends on the number of schools participating, and the time available. We aim for each rider to have a minimum of two races per event. There will be usually be at least four race categories:
Children are allocated their bike wheel size at the start of each event, according to height. It is vital that riders do not use different sizes during the various heats and finals in an event.
In each individual race:
First across the line gets 10 points, next rider 9 points etc… All riders who finish a race get at least 1 point, no matter their position. Someone who crashes and is unable to finish will be marked DNF, as will a disqualified rider.
For the season:
Each school’s best scores are combined to give a total for the League table.
How many scores are included in the final standings depends on how many events are held:
8 events: top 6 scores used
6-7 events: top 5 scores used
5 events: top 4 results used
4 or fewer events: all results used
Where a particular event’s scores are significantly lower than usual (for example, when race has to be abandoned early, or there is a late start), we may adjust the scores of all teams by the same amount, to bring it into line with other events in the series.
The winning school is awarded the Haringey Schools Cycling League Trophy at the season finale at the end of the summer term.