Platinum Designation

What is “Platinum” Designation?
  • professional cyclists
  •  highly ranked USA Cycling amateurs
  •  event participants who have earned the designation
  • “Platinum” is not an award
  • “Platinum” is for safety:  it groups fastest riders together
How to attain “Platinum” 
  • Finish a qualifying Perimeter Bicycling event within specified times (see chart below) within last 3 years
  • Hold a current USA Cycling/ UCI Professional, Cat 1 or 2 racing license for ROAD (track, cyclocross, mountain does not qualify)
  • Tandems: BOTH riders must have earned platinum designation either on a tandem or individually
  • Tandem cyclist to qualify as an Individual: both cyclists must have finished before the Platinum cut off time. If the tandem is a mixed tandem, the male must finish under the male Platinum cutoff time in order for the female to qualify as an Individual cyclist
Platinum passes
  • Required for entry into Platinum corral at events
  • Passes available at Platinum meetings at Expo: El Tour de Mesa, El Tour de Tucson and Viva Bike Vegas ONLY
  • Must attend Platinum meeting to acquire pass
  • Not available ride morning
  • No Platinum designation required for Cochise Classic 165 and 95 mile distances; however, these are qualifying event distances
  • Platinum corral closes 15 min before start of El Tour de Mesa and Viva Bike Vegas; platinum corral closes 30 minutes before start of El Tour de Tucson
All Platinum Meetings: Noon and 6pm at Expo/Packet pickup
Platinum Times
Perimeter Event Men Women
  Time under (hrs) Time under (hrs)
El Tour de Mesa    
70-mile event: 3:00 3:15
 Viva Bike Vegas    
 101-mile event:  5:30  6:00
Cochise  County Cycling Classic    
165-mile event:
8:00 8:30
95-mile event:
4:10 4:30
El Tour de Tucson    
104-mile event 5:00 5:30
Viva Bike Vegas IS a Platinum qualifying event.  Stated times takes into consideration the requirement to STOP at all STOP SIGNS and all RED LIGHTS.  Cyclists will NOT have the right of way. 
After discussions with the previous Platinum Director and the the platinum committee, it was determined that the 2013 El Tour de Tucson rain extension ruling is:  “Any cyclist whose platinum/VIP designation was due to expire with El Tour 2013 (Nov/Dec 2013) would be granted a one year extension to December 2014.  Platinum/VIP expirations after December 2013, and for any other event, would not be effected by the rain extension exemption”.
 
What is VIP Designation?
  • VIP cyclists line up in front of the Platinum Riders
  • Earned VIP designation expires 3 years after it is earned.  
  • VIP riders must attend a mandatory Platinum meeting.
  • Must satisfy the criteria listed below
  • Must apply by emailing platinum@perimeterbicycling.com
  • Perimeter Bicycling will not automatically assign VIP designation. 
  • For tandems, BOTH riders must have obtained VIP designation to be issued VIP passes. VIP designation must be applied for and granted prior to the Platinum Meeting 
 VIP criteria within the past 3 years:
  • An overall 1st through 10th place 107/111-mile El Tour de Tucson individual male finisher.
  • Captain and stoker of a 1st place through 3rd place overall 107/111-mile El Tour de Tucson tandem.
  • A 1st through 10th place 107/111-mile El Tour individual female cyclist whose time is under 4:45.
  • Any cyclist who rode in the Tour de France within the last four years.
  • 1st place overall individual male OR 1st place overall individual female finisher in the full distance El Tour de Phoenix/Mesa, the full distance Tour of the Tucson Mountains or the full distances (165 & 97 mile) Cochise County Cycling Classic.
  • Approval by Perimeter Bicycling Rules & Information Committee.
  • Email platinum@perimeterbicycling.com to request review. Submit copies of licenses and/or resume.
Updates to this site are in progress.  Please check back.  Questions? platinum@perimeterbicycling.com
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