The Grand Prox des 'Gentleman' The original format required that the event consisted of pairs of riders: a veteran (the Rider), of Masters age and another (the Pacer, who may or may not be a
The Grand Prox des ‘Gentleman’
The original format required that the event consisted of pairs of riders: a veteran (the Rider), of Masters age and another (the Pacer, who may or may not be a veteran). The Rider was timed according to the Age Standards table for the appropriate distance (usually about 30km or less). The Pacer actually took up position down the road from the start and joined the Rider after about 100m taking the front position with the Rider sitting in. The Pacer would then peel off from the front just before the finish allowing the Rider to cross the line alone.
Now both riders start simultaneously and for the Standards trophy, it is the Rider’s finish time that determines the placing but the Pacer should be at least in sight of the finish when the Rider crosses the line. Both partners may share the pace. If both riders are Masters the Rider is the one with the greater Standard entitlement.
To qualify for the Fastest Time trophy teams must still include at least one Masters-aged rider and the time is taken from the second rider to cross the finish line (as usual, judged by the leading edge of the front wheel).
In the case of teams of tandems, the rider with the greater Standard entitlement on a particular machine determines the Standard time for that pairing with the usual 5% penalty loading for tandems being applied. Both riders on the Rider machine should have veteran status but the Pacer tandem team may consist of riders of any age.
In all teams time trials the drafting rules which apply to individuals must be interpreted as if the entire team was acting as an individual.