The More You Know: Last Nights Points Race Finish Explained

Last night's Category A Points race ended in a little confusion possibly frustration, so I want to explain what happened and why it happened that way.

For those not in attendance, it was a fast race. Toward the end, a solo rider went on the attack. It was obvious to everyone at the track, his goal was to take a lap. With 1.5 laps to go, the solo rider was up by about 290 meters (almost a lap). He did not give up, trying to earn the 20 points for gaining a lap.

The field crossed the line with 2 laps to go.
Almost immediately - the solo rider crossed the line - receiving the bell with 1 lap to go.
The solo rider rode into the field taking his lap. This happened in turn 1-2.

This is where the confusion comes in. As the solo rider takes the lap, everybody on the race is now on the same lap as him. He is, in fact, at the back of the field so the officials "back track" to find the leader on the the track. In this case - there were no chasers - so field became the leader on the track. Everybody has less than one lap to go, so the next time across the line is the finish of the bicycle race and the sprint for double points.

Had this been a Pro Race Series - the announcer would have been announcing that the rider had gained a lap. For weekly racing, I do not have the ability to communicate with the field. In general, I do try to point at the leader on the track, to help the field know where they are in relation to the home straight (and help the lap counter guy keep track of when to change the numbers).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

CR- Scott Patton