BC Cup Virtual Race Series presented by Cobotix

Cycling BC, in collaboration with the Echelon Racing Promotions, is pleased to introduce the first-ever BC Cup Virtual Race Series presented by Cobotix.

The virtual BC Cup will provide a platform for riders of all levels to stay connected, committed, and will continue to build on the camaraderie of the cycling community.

The series will consist of four events between April and May on the RGT Cycling online platform and will be open to men and women at all levels including pro team riders and amateur cycling enthusiasts alike.

Riders are welcome to participate on a race-to-race basis, however, as a BC Cup, riders will have a chance to accumulate points based on their results after each race, chasing the opportunity to ultimately be crowned the BC Cup Virtual Race Series winner.

Race Fans - Livestream

Series information

Registration and Categories

Registration closes at midnight on each Thursday before the weekend’s race. All registration via CCNbikes.com

Pro Registration Pro / Cat 1 races are open to registered trade teams by invite only. Rosters of 4-6 racers are recommended and should be submitted 72 hours before race day. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Amateur Registration – register for the entire series here.

Pro races

Category Eligibility Entry price for licensed racers – including USAC members Price for non-licensed racers
Pro/Cat 1 Men Trade team invite only free N/A
Pro/Cat 1 Women Trade team invite only free N/A

Amateur races

Racers may seed themselves into the most appropriate category based on the eligibility criteria listed below.

Category

 

Eligibility Price for members

————  including USAC members

Price for non-members
Priority 1

License category

Priority 2

FTP

Priority 3

Zwift Category

Cat 2* Cat 2 Elite, Jr or Masters 3+ w/kg A free $5 per race / $15 for series
Cat 3* Cat 3 Elite, Jr or Masters 2.5-2.9 w/kg B/C free $5 per race / $15 for series
Cat 4* Cat 4 Elite, Jr or Masters <2.5 w/kg C/D free $5 per race / $15 for series
Open Women Open to any category Any w/kg E free $5 per race / $15 for series

*Amateur female racers have the option to race women’s open field or suitable category based on power output.

RGT Platform

RGT Cycling is a virtual reality cycling simulator that is available for PC, Mac, and Apple TV. It is used in conjunction with iOS and Android Apps and supported training hardware. Users from around the world are able to Go Beyond and connect, ride, race and train together in a virtual reality that creates the real-life cycling experience using advanced physics and better drafting.

RGT believes the future of digital cycling is as an open platform accessible to all cyclists. Therefore, using RGT’s basic features, including joining races and groups rides, is free.

Technical Support Links

RGT getting started guide (Apps and how to)

RGT compatibility

RGT system support guide (accessibility, resolution and connectivity issues)

Performance verification through ebiopassport.com

Prizing

  • Virtual series leader’s jersey will be made available for the overall point leader to wear during subsequent races.
  • Real life winner’s jersey for series winner (pro men/women only)
  • Cash prizes for pro men/women:
Pro Men Pro Women
1st $40 $40
2nd $25 $25
3rd $15 $15
Total race purse $80 $80
Total series purse $640

livestream info

All races and categories will be streaming live online with live commentating by Brad Sohner and guests.

Livestreamed via

Cycling BC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CyclingBC

Cycling BC Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu0Pg-WT91xv1slM9943Jfw

Echelon Racing Promotion Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXU_M_7fYfWYgCkGM_yVtA

Other resources

Race website –  https://cyclingbc.net/about/disciplines/road/bc-cup-virtual-race-series/

Results website – RBTDB.com

Photos – https://tlbvelophotography.pixieset.com/

Rider Interviews – https://cyclingbc.net/news/2021/04/08/meet-the-riders-of-the-bc-cup-virtual-race-series/

Series Schedule & Courses

Race Date Course Course Distance / Elevation
#1 – Road Race – register Saturday April 3 Paterberg 4.2km / 102m
#2 – Criterium – register Saturday April 10 Canary Warf 1km / 5m
#3 – Gravel Race- register Saturday April 17 Dirty Reiver 17.7km / 225m
#4 – Road Race- register Saturday May 1 TBD

Pro Registration Pro / Cat 1 races are open to registered trade teams by invite only. Rosters of 4-6 racers are recommended and should be submitted 72 hours before race day.. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Amateur Registration – register for the entire series here.

Race Day Schedule

Category Start time PDT Race Length in minutes Race #1 Laps Race #2 Laps Race #3 Laps Race #4 Laps
Pro / 1 Men 12:00pm 90min 8 40 3 (12:15 start) TBD
Pro / 1 Women 10:30am 60-90min 6 36 3 (10:45 start) TBD
Category 2 9:30am 60-70min 6 32 2 TBD
Category 3 9:30am 45-60min 6 32 2 TBD
Category 4 8:30am 45-60min 4 30 2 TBD
Open Women 8:30am

 

45-60min 4 30 2 TBD

*Amateur female racers have the option to race women’s open field or suitable category based on power output.

Contact Info

Position Name Contact
Chief Organizer Eric Hill [email protected]
Course Director Matt Usborne
Race Services Director Cory Ostertag [email protected]
Marketing Director Jerrick Barroso
Live Commentators Brad Sohner & Ryan Cousineau
Photographer TLBvelo

The BC Cup Virtual Race Series is brought to you in partnership with Echelon Racing Promotions