F.A.Q. & Rules


MATTS 2024 Rules 


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a time trial?

A time trial is a race against the clock.  Racers are started in 30 second to 1 minute intervals. 


Is drafting legal?

No. Drafting is not legal in individual time trial events. Riders drafting in individual events will be disqualified. Drafting within a team is legal in Team Time Trial events.


How many events are on the 2024 schedule?

Nineteen (19)+.  Riders can choose from individual 5K, 10 mile, 20k, 30K and 40k events; and team trial events of multiple distances.


What types of awards and prizes can I earn?

MATTS promoters determine individual event prize lists.  There are typically cash awards for the fastest overall men and women.  (see individual event flyers for details).. Medals are awarded (5) five places deep for all categories at all MATTS events.  Unlike some series, if you are the only rider in your race class, you will receive an award on race day.


  1. What age groups and ability does MATTS offer, and how do I earn points towards MATTS yearly overall awards? 
  2. Please see a detailed description of age groups and points rules at the bottom of the F.A.Q. page for more information and See complete RULES for MID AMERICA TIME TRIAL SERIES, TOUR of ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN & RIDER of the YEAR at https://www.ambikerace.com/ftp/WI-IL%20Rules%202023.pdf


Can I race twice?

Yes.  It is best practice to inform the race director that you will be racing two races before the event.  Some promoters do not allow second race "day of" requests due to the time and logistics of the event. 


Riders can race twice in one age category or ability category (no racing down in age group or ability category).  Riders who race twice in one age or ability category are eligible for one award per category. A rider's fastest time in his or her age group or ability category will count towards awards and overall pointing.


If I start a MATTS event and I do not finish, does this race count towards overall awards?

Yes.  This race will count towards overall awards.  You will be scored (0) zero points for this event.


Can I race down in age group of ability category?

No. Riders are to race in his or her specific age and ability cagtegory.


How many points will I earn for participating the 2-Person team time trial?

Points for the team events are distributed the same as individual age and ability cateogories. 


What team time trial race class do we enter if my teammate's ability category is higher than mine?

Riders with different abilites must race in the class of the highest category.  For example, a Cat 4 rider racing with a Cat 1/2 rider would race the Cat 1/2 category for this event.  The Cat 4 rider in this instance would earn a maximum 5 points for this event for racing out of his or her ability class.

Can I race in a different class than my teammate(s) and be eligible for awards?

Yes, for grand masters riders (70-80+) competing in the team event, he or she can enter a different age class than his or her teammate. Riders must enter the age class of the youngest rider between 70-80+.  For example,  an age 70+ rider who races with a teammate who is 75 years old would enter the 70-74 age group, but finish points go into their respective category.  For example, a 70+ rider and a 75+ rider win the 70-74 age group.  The rider who is 70+ would receive 12 points for this event in the 70+ category, and the 75+ rider would earn 12 points in the 75+ category.  


How many races count towards yearly overall awards?

A rider's 10 best races will qualify towards overall trophies and cash awards.  Riders competing in at least eight (8) events will be eligible for trophies, but cannot place higher than a rider who completes 10 races. Riders completing nine (9) events will place higher than riders doing eight (8) events.


What is the procedure should I tie with another rider in overall points?

The rider participating in the most events would win the tie breaker.  Should both racers enter the same amount of events and tie in points, the racer who places the highest in the season finale would win the tie breaker.


Can I race down in age class or ability category?

No.  Riders are to race in his or her specific age group or ability category.


Is MATTS part of the Rider of the Year (ROTY) Series?

Yes.  MATTS is part of the ROTY Series. A rider's best (8) MATTS events count towards yearly ROTY overall points.  See complete RULES for MID AMERICA TIME TRIAL SERIES, TOUR of ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN & RIDER of the YEAR at https://www.ambikerace.com/ftp/WI-IL%20Rules%202023.pdf  


Is MATTS partnered with WISPORT?


Yes. We are proud to partner with WiSport. Following 4 events are MATTS and WiSport events. 

MadCity Velo's Badfish Creek 20-40k TT and Al Bl'uez 10 mile Hill Climb TT.
WBR Single Bong 20k TT and Double Bong 20-40k WI Championship TT.

Where do I go to find out about MATTS yearly overall points standings?

Please click on the MATTS points page for futher details. 




Individual Time Trial Categories:

Men Categories

Junior 14 and under, Junior 15-18, Cat 1/2, Cat 3, Cat 4, Age Group Categories: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

Women Categories

  1. Juniors 14 and under, Juniors 15-18, Cat. 1/2/3, Cat. 4, Age Group Categories: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+


Tandem and Recumbent Combined Category



Series Points:


Series Points for MATTS- each qualifying event will be awarded points to each class as follows:


10 deep for Masters 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ & 80+, 90+ All Juniors, All Women race classes and Recumbent/Tandem/HPV.  Points for these categories are as follows:

Points: 12 for 1st, 10 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th, 5 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th, 1 for 10th.


20 deep for Cat 1/2, Cat 3, Cat 4, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59 as follows:

Points: 25 for 1st, 22 for 2nd, 20 for 3rd, 19 for 4th, 18 for 5th, 17 for 6th, 16 for 7th, 15 for 8th, 14 for 9th, 13 for 10th,12 for 11th, 11 for 12th, 10 for 13th, 9 for 14th, 8 for 15th, 7 for 16th, 6 for 17th, 5 for 18th, 4 for 19th, 3 for 20th.












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