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League Rules & Information

April 7, 2018 Revision

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Overview & Summary

Prizes

Code of Conduct

Registration, Licensing & Names

Points & Scoring

Overview

The CVR World Cup League is:

  • GLOBAL – A Physical Esports™ virtual cycling tournament that spans the globe
  • ENTERTAINMENT – About viewers as well as racers
  • PROFESSIONAL – A serious league with large cash payouts each year
  • FUN – A fun league where people of all abilities can race and win prizes
  • GROWING – A phenomenon that is accelerating
  • EQUAL – Equal, men’s and women’s prizes and courses are the same
  • MORE – more than just a game; it’s a new professional sport

You can watch the league at https://cycleview.cvrworldcup.com.
You can join the league at https://cvrworldcup.com/cvr-league/.

Summary

Registration, Licensing, & Names

In order to participate in the League, and be eligible to win prizes, you must register at https://cvrworldcup.com/cvr-league/. You may register at any time, but if you register more than two weeks after the start of the season you will be at a disadvantage with regards to earning points. YOU MUST REGISTER AND RACE WITH YOUR TRUE NAME.

By registering you are granted a CVR World Cup Racing License. As long as you race fairly, with the appropriate telemetry and devices, and in accordance with the rules, including its code of conduct, you will maintain your license in good standing.  Failure to exhibit proper conduct, fairness, or adhere to the rules will result in warnings, license suspension, or your license being revoked. ONLY PEOPLE WITH LICENSES IN GOOD STANDING WILL SCORE POINTS.

Required Telemetry

You must have a ZwiftPower profile and appear in ZwiftPower results. In order to receive points for a race, the following telemetry for approved devices is required: power from an approved power meter or smart trainer, and heart rate from an approved heart rate monitor (HRM). Major brand power meters, smart trainers, and heart rate monitors are considered approved unless they appear on the list below.

Telemetry Devices With Potential Issues

Muin and Vortex smart trainers are known to have issues, especially when not set up properly.  Excessive power output, especially during periods of high power output, can be registered by these devices. If you are racing on these trainers and exhibit high power numbers you will be removed from the results. Failure to correct these power anomalies will result in your license being suspended or revoked.

Performance Verification

In order to maintain a license in good standing, you are required to respond to any queries by CVR World Cup Officials or ZADA regarding your performance with satisfactory evidence of your abilities. Satisfactory evidence is at the sole discretion of CVR World Cup and ZADA officials. All correspondence with regards to these queries is confidential. No public proclamation with regards to queries and investigations are made but the status of one’s license may be changed.

CVR World Cup believes in an affirmative race results system. To that end, CVR World Cup does not publish any lists of riders who are either in good standing or not. CVR World Cup’s Live Result System will only indicate through display elements who not to follow/draft in a given race. It will not display a public reason for the do not follow/draft indication. It will, however, display this information to the rider with the tag if they are logged into the CVR World Cup single-sign-on system and to CVR World Cup personnel with appropriate privileges. Please note, the do not follow/draft indication can happen for any number of reasons, some as simple as a malfunctioning heart rate monitor. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, you may not speculate on the reasons for a do not follow/draft indication and you may not disparage other riders by accusing them of cheating. If you have an issue, take it up with a CVR World Cup Official in an appropriate manner.

Pro License

Individuals who have accumulated more than $2,000 (USD) in CVR World Cup Cash Earnings (from live events, cheering, etc) in a single calendar year, or who had more than $5,000 (USD) in the previous year will have their license designation changed to a CVR World Cup Pro License. CVR World Cup Pros in good standing will have a special badge displayed in CVR World Cup lists, including CVR World Cup Live Results. CVR World Cup Officials can also designate a rider’s license as pro at their discretion.

Global Zones

You accumulate points only when you race in your designated zone and that zone is an active zone for your gender.

Zone Selection

The CVR World Cup League runs eight Zones (A to H) across the globe, meaning there is a race every three hours on Tuesdays.  PLEASE SELECT THE ZONE THAT HAS THE MOST CONVENIENT TIME FOR YOU TO RACE. YOU DON’T NEED TO REGISTER IN THE ZONE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS YOU WILL BE SHOWN ALL RACE TIMES IN YOUR TIMEZONE FROM WHICH YOU MAY SELECT.  For reference, you will find a timetable below detailing the race times in each zone from different major cities around the world.

Zone London Los Angeles New York Berlin Tokyo Beijing Sydney
A 07:00 23:00 02:00 08:00 15:00 14:00 16:00
B 10:00 02:00 05:00 11:00 18:00 17:00 19:00
C 13:00 05:00 08:00 14:00 21:00 20:00 22:00
D 16:00 08:00 11:00 17:00 00:00 23:00 01:00
E 19:00 11:00 14:00 20:00 03:00 02:00 04:00
F 22:00 14:00 17:00 23:00 06:00 05:00 07:00
G 01:00 17:00 20:00 02:00 09:00 08:00 10:00
H 04:00 20:00 23:00 05:00 12:00 11:00 13:00

Active & Inactive Zones

Zones that get sufficient registrants and regular race participants (an average of eight or more) by gender will be designated an active zone. All zones are designated as active for the first three weeks of the regular season. Only active zones will continue to accumulate points past the third week of the regular season.

Should a zone become inactive in any season you can switch to another zone via the registration page. You can switch your zone for any reason. Any points accumulated in the zone you are leaving will NOT transfer to your new zone. For zones and their associated race times see the section directly above. If you are unsure if your zone will have sufficient participation to be designated an active zone throughout the season we recommend you switch before the third week of the regular season so you can still score maximum points in your new zone.

Brackets

The CVR World Cup League is broken down into four performance brackets (“A” to “D”). People with the highest historical race performance race in “A”. CVR World Cup Brackets are NOT based on your FTP (w/kg). They are based on your historical finishing position.

Initial Assignment

When you register, Cycligent Rankings will be used to assign your initial bracket if it contains sufficient history of your race performance. If it does not contain sufficient information, you will be assigned to the “B” bracket. If you are a new racer and feel “B” is not an appropriate bracket for you, you can self-upgrade to “A” (any racer can self-upgrade at any time) or request that officials place you in a lower bracket after reviewing your petition for a lower bracket. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OFFICIALS WILL UPGRADE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CLEARLY IN A BRACKET BELOW HIS OR HER PERFORMANCE DURING THE SEASON. YOU WILL LOSE POINTS SHOULD THIS OCCUR. GIVEN THIS, YOU SHOULD SELECT THE HIGHEST BRACKET THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU.

Pens/Paddocks

Zwift is reducing clutter in the event list. They have, therefore, asked us to only use one event for both men and women per zone. As we will only be using a single event for both men and women, the pen/paddock designation for each race will be as follows. All pens/paddocks will race separately and will not see people racing from other pens/paddocks. Women will always race from the “E” pen/paddock. In zones “A”, “B”, “C”, “F”, and “H” men will all race from the “A” pen/paddock. In zones “D”, “E”, and “G” men in the “A” bracket will race from the “A” pen/paddock, men in the “B” bracket will race from the “B” pen/paddock, and men in the “C” and “D” brackets will race from the “C” pen/paddock. TO SCORE POINTS, RIDERS MUST RACE FROM THE CORRECT PEN/PADDOCK (viewable @ league.cvrworldcup.com).

Brackets vs Categories

CVR World Cup brackets are based on your performance in the league. THEY ARE NOT BASED ON watts per kilogram (w/kg). Do not use your w/kg based category when racing in the CVR World Cup League. You must start from the correct pen/paddock based on your CVR World Cup bracket (NOT based on you w/kg category) in order to score points.

Promotion & Relegation

At the end of each season, people will either maintain their bracket or be promoted or relegated to a different bracket based on their league performance. Average finishing position in the regular season is the basic metric that is used to promote and relegate. Typically, the top and bottom 5% of average finishing positions are promoted/relegated, but CVR World Cup Officials have full discretion on promotions and relegations. Only people with at least 3 races during the regular season are promoted or relegated. Remember, you can always self-upgrade your bracket even after you have been relegated. To change your bracket click here. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OFFICIALS WILL UPGRADE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CLEARLY IN A BRACKET BELOW HIS OR HER PERFORMANCE DURING THE SEASON. YOU WILL LOSE POINTS SHOULD THIS OCCUR. GIVEN THIS, YOU SHOULD SELECT THE HIGHEST BRACKET THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU.

Results

CVR World Cup League races are open events. As such, people not in the CVR World Cup League race them. As long as these people appear in ZwiftPower results and are of the appropriate category they are okay to follow/draft. It does, however, mean that CVR World Cup League races really have two result sets, the league results, in which only people with CVR World Cup Racing Licenses in good standing appear, and the general results, where everybody in the race appears on ZwiftPower.

CVR World Cup League Results

CVR World Cup League Results, which only includes CVR World Cup Licensees in good standing, can be found at https://cycledata.cvrworldcup.com. You can also view live results at https://cycledata.cvrworldcup.com/cycleData/client/live-results.

General Race Results

Results, including all people in good standing with ZwiftPower, can be found at www.ZwiftPower.com.

Protests & Appeals

All riders have the right to log protests (directly to ZADA or CVR Organizers) and, in turn, can appeal any decisions which have been made. Any appeal outcome marked FINAL is not subject to further appeal.

Code of Conduct

Each Licensee will treat other Licensees and individuals or entities associated with Licensees, such as Governing Boards, Officials, Protest Committee and Appeals Committee members (which may or may not be Licensees themselves) with respect in all interactions whether or not those interactions are or are not associated with the CVR World Cup League. Virtual Cycle Racing is a competitive sport. As a competitive sport, Virtual Cycle Racing can and will spark strong emotions. Rude or disrespectful behavior in any form (including, but not limited to, chats, posts, and audio or video), however, will not be tolerated and may result in penalties or sanctions including suspension or revocation of your license.

All communications associated or concerning Virtual Cycle Racing will be respectful. No excessive, abusive, disrespectful, foul or otherwise inappropriate communication, including but not limited to insults, foul or threatening communications, will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including license revocation.

As a sport, Virtual Cycle Racing demands sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is expected of all Licensees.

In-race Interactions

In addition to general interactions, racers will adhere to the following behaviors during races.

Power-Ups

Power-ups may be used from the start to the first banner. Generally, a rider’s power-up will be removed when passing under the first banner, if not used. IF THE GAME FAILS TO REMOVE THE POWER-UP IT STILL MAY NOT BE USED. USING A POWER-UP AFTER PASSING UNDER THE FIRST BANNER WILL RESULT IN RELEGATION TO A LOWER FINISHING POSITION.

Drafting

Deliberately following or drafting of riders tagged “Do not follow/draft” in CVR World Cup Live Results (https://cycledata.cvrworldcup.com) will result in the loss of points. If done with any frequency, it will result in sanctions up to and including the revocation of your license. Riders are tagged “Do not follow/draft” for any number of reasons, including but not limited to, they are not on a valid power source, they are not wearing a heart rate monitor, they are not in good standing with ZwiftPower, or his or her CVR World Cup License is not in good standing. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RACER TO KNOW WHO THEY CAN AND CANNOT FOLLOW (this is most easily done by using the CVR World Cup Live Results system which you may access at https://cycledata.cvrworldcup.com/cycleData/client/live-results.

Non-League Participants

It is fully anticipated that people who are not competing for League points will enter and race in the scheduled events; this is acceptable and we do not discourage the use of teamwork at any point throughout the League. Drafting of non-league riders or riders that are riding in the wrong zone, but are otherwise valid riders and who are riding at or above their assigned bracket or w/kg category, is permitted. CVR World Cup Live Results will indicate who you can and cannot follow.  It will also indicate to you who will appear in CVR World Cup League results and who will only appear in ZwiftPower results.

Communications with Officials

Contacting officials, regarding results, protests, appeals, or in any other official capacity outside of the normal communication channels established for such communications will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including license revocation.

Points & Scoring

Points for Finishing Position

You only score points when you race in the zone and bracket for which you are registered. Points are scored from 1000 for the winner of each bracket and descend in increments of two. There are eight races in a Regular Season and only your best six count towards your overall points.

Points for Streaming

As an esports league, media is central to CVR World Cup. We stream league races. People connect with people and so we encourage people racing to stream themselves. This encouragement comes in the form of points for streaming. Streaming can take different forms and different points are received for different forms. They become part of your score for the weeks in which you stream. As such, they only count for the season total when they are part of the six best weekly scores used to compute your total score for the season.

  • Five points are given to people who stream themselves riding live and with their game view in the dimensions specified by CVR World Cup so that their streams may be easily incorporated into a broadcast. The stream must meet the quality standards listed below to qualify for the full five points.
  • Four points are given to people who stream just themselves without their game view either at the dimensions specified for the five points version or at the dimensions specified for streaming from a mobile device. The stream must meet the quality standards listed below to qualify for the full four points.
  • Two points are given to people who stream just their game view. The stream must meet the quality standards listed below to qualify for the full two points.

THE NEW POINTS FOR STREAMING WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL THE THIRD WEEK OF THE 2018 SPRING REGULAR SEASON AT THE EARLIEST. CVR WORLD CUP WILL NOT MAKE THE TRANSITION TO THE NEW STREAMING POINTS UNTIL WE COMMUNICATE WITH EVERYONE IN THE STREAMING SUPPORT BACKLOG. IF YOU WANT ASSISTANCE SETTING UP YOUR STREAM PLEASE REACH OUT TO CYCLIGENT SUPPORT BEFORE TUESDAY APRIL 10TH. UNTIL THEN, ANYONE STREAMING WILL RECEIVE FIVE POINTS.

Quality Requirements for Standard Streaming

For all streaming, other than just streaming yourself streaming from your smartphone, the following quality requirements apply:

  • If you stream at 1080p 30fps with a bitrate of at least 3500 kbps and not more than 5000 kbps, with minimal frame drops, you will receive full points for streaming
  • If you stream at 720p 30fps with a bitrate of at least 2500 kbps and not more than 4000 kbps, with minimal frame drops, only a single point will be deducted from your stream points.
  • If you stream at lower resolutions, or bitrates outside of the given ranges, or if your stream suffers from substantial frame drops making it inappropriate for a professional broadcast, two points will be deducted from your streaming points. If you are unable to fix the issues after a number of weeks, CVR World Cup may stop giving you any points for streaming.

Quality Requirements for Mobile Streaming

If using the recommended mobile streaming app “Larix Broadcaster‘ use the default settings which are a 640×480 resolution and the bitrate set to  ‘Auto’. For any other apps use settings with at least this resolution or higher

a guide on how to set up the Larix broadcaster app is here: https://cvrworldcup.com/streaming-setup-mobile/

The app can be downloaded here https://wmspanel.com/larix_broadcaster

Tie-Breaker

In the case of a tie on total points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken in favor of the rider who has the highest scoring in the last race, or the race nearest the last race of the season in which at least one of the tied riders scored points that applied to their total points for the regular season.

Seasons

The CVR World Cup League uses seasons. Each season is separated into a preseason, a regular season, and a postseason.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Season Component Starts Ends
Preseason March 27 March 27
Regular Season April 3 May 22
Postseason Prep May 29 May 29
Postseason June 4 June 18
CVR World Cup Live Finals June 23 June 24

Preseason

The preseason is typically one week in duration. While preseason races are scored, points are zeroed at the beginning of the regular season. This means the preseason provides a familiarization and testing period for the upcoming season.

Regular Season

The regular season consists of eight weeks. Scores from your best six weeks are added together to produce your total score for the season. Racers with the highest point total in each zone and bracket are declared zone winners at the end of the regular season, with the following stipulation for those in the “A” bracket. In order to be designated a winner in an “A” bracket, you must accept an invitation to, and register for, the CVR World Cup Live Event associated with that season. Only by accepting the invitation, registering, and paying the associated entry fee, will the participant be formally recognized as the winner. If, for whatever reason, the points winner declines the invitation, then the racer with the second highest points will be invited. If they decline then the next person in line is invited, and so on and so forth. The first racer to accept will be named the zone winner and proceed to the live event.

While the regular season determines the winners for each zone, global winners are determined by the postseason.

Postseason

The postseason determines the female and male Global CVR World Cup Champion for the season, the global bracket winners for the season, and the next season’s CVR World Cup Wildcards. The postseason lasts four weeks. The first week is a prep week with open racing. The next three weeks consist of a head-to-head playoff tournament with the winner of each head-to-head competition advancing to the next week. The final weekend of the postseason is when the CVR World Cup Live Event for the season is held.

“A” bracket winners compete at the end-of-season CVR World Cup Live Event to determine the global champion. All other brackets compete in the CVR World Cup Postseason Tournament, a bracketed tournament across all active zones (typically eight), to determine the global winner for that bracket. Finally, the second place rider in each zone from the “A” bracket competes for a wildcard bid to the next season’s CVR World Cup Live Event.

Determination of Postseason Race Zone

The following method will be used to determine the zone that racers will compete in for their head-to-head competition in the postseason. Each week, each rider still in the competition will be asked to provide a list of zones, in priority order, in which they are able and willing to race. This list must be emailed to CVR World Cup Officials within 24 hours of the end of the regular season or winning a head-to-head competition in the postseason. The rider listing more zones will be given preferential treatment. Once the lists have been received from both riders, or after the 24 hour period has expired, the zone will be selected by CVR World Cup officials as follows:

  • If only one matching zone appears on both lists:
    • That will be the selected zone.
  • If more than one matching zone appears:
    • If one rider provided a longer list, the highest priority matching zone from his or her list will become the selected zone.
    • If both riders provided the same number of zones on their lists, a coin will be flipped to determine the racer with preference and then their highest priority matching zone will become the selected zone.
  • If no zones match:
    • If one rider provided a longer list, their first choice zone will become the selected zone.
    • If both riders provided the same number of zones on their lists, a coin will be flipped to determine the racer with preference and then their first choice zone will become the selected zone.

Drafting/Following Other Riders in the Postseason

It is fully anticipated that people who are not competing for League points will enter and race in the scheduled events; this is acceptable and we do not discourage the use of teamwork at any point throughout the League. Rules regarding drafting (following) of riders still do apply, with the exception of the restriction regarding following higher bracketed or categorized riders.

Global Bracket Winners

Excluding the “A” bracket, which determines the CVR World Cup Global Champion, other brackets’ global winners are determined through the bracketed CVR World Cup Postseason Tournament which pits each of the non-“A” bracket winners from each zone in a head-to-head playoff for the title of global bracket winner.

“A” Bracket Wildcards

The athletes finishing second in the “A” bracket in each zone also compete in a head-to-head playoff to determine the wildcards to the next season’s CVR World Cup. In order to compete in the postseason for a wildcard, bid racers must agree they are available to race, and will register to race, in the next season’s CVR World Cup and to adhere to the terms and conditions of CVR World Cup Live Events.

Global Champions

The CVR World Cup Global Champions come from the “A” bracket and are decided at the CVR World Cup Live Event at the end of the season. The CVR World Cup Global Champions are also the global bracket winners for the “A” bracket.

Prizes

Cheering

The cycleVIEW platform supports the monetary cheering of athletes. The cheering platform was employed at the CVR World Cups in Paris and Los Angeles. The cheering platform is now being expanded to all league events. 50% of the value of each cheer is paid to the athlete for which the cheer was received. In order to be eligible for cheering you must stream a view of yourself racing, must have a license in good standing, and must have a PayPal account registered for CVR World Cup payments. To setup a cheering account with CVR World Cup please register for cheering on cycleVIEW. Cheers are paid out once per month.

Weekly SWAG

Each week of the regular season, CVR World Cup will select eight riders (four men and four women) to receive SWAG.  For the first four weeks of the regular season caps will be awarded and for the second four weeks of the regular season, long socks will be awarded.

               

Zone Winners

“A” Bracket Winners

“A” Bracket winners receive a bid to the CVR World Cup Live Event where cash prizes are awarded to all participants who meet the terms and conditions of the event. “A” bracket winners also receive the iconic CVR World Cup Zone Winner’s Green Jersey.

“B”, “C” & “D” Bracket Winners

“B”, “C” & “D” bracket winners receive a CVR World Cup Team T (diamond fabric).

Global Winners

Global winners of the “B”, “C” & “D” brackets win the standard CVR World Cup Jersey shown below.

Global Wildcard Winners

Global Wildcard Winners receive a bid to the next season’s CVR World Cup Live Event where cash prizes are awarded to all participants who meet the terms and conditions of the event.

Global Champions

Winners of CVR World Cup Elite Events receive large cash prizes and the iconic CVR World Cup Global Champion Green Jersey.