A lot of people race Fifth Street Cross — we can’t stop what you do once you’re on the course — but technically FSX is a noncompetitive training event for licensed USA Cycling riders that runs weekly from early October to late December on a course that starts at the Emmaus, PA, Recycling Center on Kline’s Lane and runs around nearby fields and into the woods.
This is our first year doing the licensed thing, and we have no idea how it will go. In the past, fields have ranged from four to around fifty, and skill and fitness levels have ranged from the rank beginner to just about as good as you can get without pot belge. You all start at the same time.
Fifth Street Cross has hosted world champions, national champions, regional pros, and those magical sorts of plain old regular people who blow the doors off just about everyone they meet.
Technically, it’s a non-competitive training event, according to all the forms we had to fill out. Once the pedals are turning, in our experience, any bike ride in the world can become a race. We keep track of who finishes when, but from that meager starting point of reality we diverge quickly and cleanly from the limits of competitive ordinals. You might find yourself thirty-seventh in our General Classification and suddenly launched up to third overall by a whim of the judges. We award and appreciate the slow who speed up, those who impress the fans and, by dint of valor and intangible traits known only to those who know the unknowable, an overall champion each night. Let us say this: We have the best prizes for the worst performances ever.
Don't even try to comprehend how we rate your performance. If Albert Einstein made love to and was impregnated by Manolo Saiz, then their insane baby ate Malcolm Gladwell's brain and threw it up on Bill Gates, the resulting drug-resistant super-organism that sprouted in Gates's mucous membrane might have a chance of understanding the heart of the Fifth Street Cross scoring system, the G.C. Multiplier.
GC = General Classification.
General Classification = overall standings.
Overall standings are ranked by number of GC Points.
The number of available points in a race is set by the number of participants, with the guy we decide who won getting a +1 bonus. So if ten people race, the presumptive winner gets 11 points, second place gets 9 points, third gets 8, etc.
Your GC points are determined by multiplying all the points you earned in a night of racing by your spot in the GC. So if you were third in the GC and you scored twenty points in the night's two races, your GC points for the night would be 60 (20 x 3). Other things to know about scoring:
* Each week's General Classification leader will be wear the coveted Fifth Street Cross bumpersticker. Basically, it sucks, but that’s kind of the point.
* The women's cup will run concurrently separate from the main G.C. until the final week - in other words, because we believe that all humans equally share a capacity to be lousy, and because the GC Multiplier makes it possible for anyone to assume the overall race lead, there is no separate women's GC tally from week to week. However, the top woman finisher for each race does receive a fabulous prize and, at the end of the season, the women's-only GC is calculated and an overall estrogen champ is crowned.
* The GC leader has to endure whatever test is mandatory for the shortcut at the start line (or forfeit the banner).
* Weekly, we award a prize for Overall Champion, Fastest Slow Person and Fan Favorite. Plus some other stuff, we think, probably.
A cyclo-cross rider is allowed to change bicycles and receive mechanical
assistance during a race. While the rider is on the course gumming
up one bicycle with mud, his or her pit crew can work quickly to
clean, repair and oil the spares. Having a mechanic in the "pits"
is more common for professional cyclo-cross racers. The average
cyclo-cross racer might have a family member or friend holding their
spare bike. -from Wkipedia