With the British road racing season about to get underway, cyclingweekly.co.uk is delighted to launch the 2009 Super Team Challenge ? our competition designed to crown the most impressive squad over the course of the coming season.

The Bikeline Two-Day is the opening round of the Premier Calendar and also the first counting event for the Super Team Challenge.

We launched the competition last year and CandiTV-Pinarello were comfortable winners in the end, thanks largely to Russell Downing?s dominance of the home scene.

This year the competition is bigger and better in every respect. There are more races, and more teams able to compete, so we?ve broadened the Super Team Challenge to include more events.

Points will be on offer at every major British event from the Tour of Britain to the National Circuit Race Series and everything in between. At the end of the season, we?ll crown the best team of the year.

The competition is open to all riders representing a British-based team or club in one of the counting events.

So, we?ve issued the challenge ? who will rise to the occasion? Will CandiTV-Pinarello be toppled? Rapha-Condor, Halfords Bikehut, Plowman Craven-Madison and the others will hope so.

The competition’s points system is designed to reward winners, although teams that consistently place a number of riders in the top positions will be able to compete, ensuring a close competition. And the points have been weighted to reflect the relative difficulty and prestige of the events, so victory in a Premier Calendar race over 90 or so miles scores more points than in an hour-long criterium.

Hopefully the ranking will reflect the racing and reward the strongest, most consistent team ? and add a little extra spice and friendly rivalry.

Let battle commence at the Bikeline. We’ll update the standings after each counting race, allowing the table toppers to bask in their superiority until the next event.

2009 SUPER TEAM CHALLENGE

Points system and counting events

Open to all British-registered teams or clubs.

Tour of Britain

1st overall: 20pts

2nd overall: 15pts

3rd overall: 10pts

4th overall: 5pts

5th overall 3pts

Stage winner :10pts

Bonus for first eligible British rider overall: 6pts

Bonus for first eligible British rider on each stage: 2pts

National Road Race Championship and East Midlands Cicle Classic

1st: 16pts

2nd: 12pts

3rd: 10pts

4th: 8pts

5th: 4pts

All Premier Calendar races, National TT Championships, National Circuit Race Championships

Overall and one-day races

1st: 14pts

2nd: 10pts

3rd: 8pts

4th: 6pts

5th: 4pts

Stage winner: 5pts

Tour Series, National Circuit Race Series and Nocture Series races

1st: 10pts

2nd: 6pts

3rd: 3pts

4th: 2pts

5th: 1pt

2008 STANDINGS

1 CandiTV-Pinarello 111pts

2 Rapha-Condor-Recycling 49pts

3 Halfords Bikehut 48pts

4 Team 100% ME 14pts

5 Plowman Craven 12pts

Reigning Super Team: CandiTV-Pinarello

RELATED LINKS

British race calendar 2009

CW’s Bikeline Two-Day preview

Halfords to sponsor Premier Calendar series