With the domestic road racing scene stronger than it has been for several years, Cycling Weekly is delighted to announce the relaunch the Super Team Challenge – our competition designed to crown the most impressive squad over the course of the season.

We first ran the competition – which is open to all riders representing a British-based team or club in one of the events listed below – in 2008, and have updated it to take into account the busy calendar and importance and historical significance of events.

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 battle in the standings. The points have also been weighted to reflect the relative difficulty and prestige, so victory in a Premier Calendar race over 90 or so miles scores more points than in an hour-long criterium.

The points scoring starts at the opening Premier Calendar round – the Dengie Marshes Tour – on April 1, and we will update the standings after each race, allowing the table toppers to gloat constantly on Twitter until the flag drops once again.


The visibly-delighted CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta celebrate their 2009 victory

Points system and list of events

TOUR OF BRITAIN (UCI 2.1)
1st overall: 20pts
2nd overall: 15pts
3rd overall: 10pts
4th overall: 8pts
5th overall: 5pts

Stage winner: 10pts

Bonus for first eligible rider overall: 2pts
Bonus for first eligible rider on each stage: 1pt
Bonus for jersey classification winner: 2pts

NATIONAL ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
1st: 18pts
2nd: 14pts
3rd: 12pts
4th: 10pts
5th: 8pts

Bonus for first eligible rider: 2pts

CiCLE CLASSIC (UCI 1.2)
1st: 16pts
2nd: 12pts
3rd: 10pts
4th: 8pts
5th: 6pts

PREMIER CALENDAR RACES, NATIONAL TIME TRIAL AND CIRCUIT RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Overall and one-day races
1st: 14pts
2nd: 10pts
3rd: 8pts
4th: 6pts
5th: 4pts

Stage winner (Tour DoonHame): 2pts

TOUR SERIES
Overall and per round (team result only)
1st: 12pts
2nd: 8pts
3rd: 6pts
4th: 4pts
5th: 2pts

ELITE CIRCUIT SERIES AND NATIONAL A RACES

National A races: Hillingdon GP (May 27), London Nocturne (June 9), South Carrick David Bell Memorial (June 10), York Cycling City Races (August 19), Jef Schils Memorial (September 2)

Overall and per round
1st: 10 points
2nd: 6pts
3rd: 4pts
4th: 2pts
5th: 1pt

Previous winners
2009: CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta
2008: CandiTV-Pinarello

Related links
Premier Calendar 2012: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index
Tour Series 2012: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index
CandiTV win Super Team Challenge