At the start line for all Perimeter Bicycling cycling events (except Cochise County Cycling Classic), there is a special area cordoned off in front called the “Platinum” section. Individual cyclists in this area have earned “Platinum” designation by meeting the criteria and requirements listed below.
Mandatory Platinum Meetings for Upcoming Events
EL TOUR DE MESA!!!!!!!!!!
Friday April 5, 2013 12:00pm (Noon)
Friday April 5, 2013 5:00pm (Changed)
Due to the Twilight Criterium
Passes allowing entry to the Platinum section at the start line are issued only at the Platinum meeting at Expo/packet pick up before the ride. PICTURE ID IS REQUIRED. Qualified platinum cyclists must attend the entire meeting to receive the platinum pass. See below in section 5 Platinum Meeting for date and time and place.
You will find the following information below:
“Platinum Riders lead the way”
Cruising along at speeds up to 25 miles per hour at the front of El Tour de Tucson and other Perimeter Bicycling events is a tightly-packed group of cyclists now known as “Platinum cyclists.” They are a group of professional racers, highly ranked USA Cycling amateurs, and the fastest and most skilled of Perimeter Bicycling event participants who have earned the designation.
With the safety of all cyclists a priority, Platinum designation was officially created for Perimeter Bicycling events in 1998. This designation allows pace-line-experienced, super-fast cyclists to start at the front of the 5,000-plus cyclists who ride in the 100-mile plus El Tour de Tucson and the longer distances in other Perimeter Bicycling events. Starting these cyclists in front has proven to prevent problems that occurred when these experienced and faster riders would overtake slower riders who do not have the same speed, training and experience as those who have earned platinum.
Platinum cyclists must meet certain criteria, follow special rules during the event and MUST attend a Platinum Meeting at each event to pick up a Platinum Pass which is required for entry into the Platinum Starting Area on ride day.
Questions? Email: Platinum
The primary qualifications for Platinum Designation are individual overall finish time, distance and experience.
Once earned Platinum designation expires after 3 years.
To qualify, cyclists must meet one of the following requirements:
- Cat #1 or Cat #2 ROAD only not Mountain Bike licensed USA Cycling cyclist
Send a copy of your license to Platinum
- Finished any one of the Perimeter Bicycling events listed below under the specified time within 3 years of the event in which you wish to be designated as “platinum.”
- For a tandem to line up in the platinum section, BOTH riders must have earned platinum designation either on a tandem or individually.
- Provide a detail “Cycling Resume” with event results, including placing and event names, event distance and Internet Links to events and results.
- Starting in November 2012, in order for a tandem cyclist to qualify as an Individual both cyclist 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.
|El Tour de Mesa|
|70-mile event: 2013||3:00||3:15|
|Cochise County Cycling Classic|
|165-mile event: 2013||9:00||9:30|
|97-mile event: 2013||4:20||4:40|
|El Tour de Tucson|
|111-mile event 2013||5:00||5:30|
(3) 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. In order for a person to receive VIP designation, he/she must satisfy the criteria listed below. 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 during which the Platinum Passes and VIP Passes are issued. The following is a guide for requesting VIP designation.
A. Must satisfy Platinum Qualifying Criteria (See above.).
B. Must have satisfied at least one of the following criteria within the past 3 years:
- An overall 1st through 10th place 109/111-mile El Tour de Tucson individual male finisher.
- Captain and stoker of a 1st place through 3rd place overall 109/111-mile El Tour de Tucson tandem.
- A 1st through 10th place 109/111-mile El Tour individual female cyclist whose time is under 4:45.
- Any participant 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 El Tour de Phoenix/Mesa, the full Tour of the Tucson Mountains or the Cochise County Cycling Classic.
- Approval by Perimeter Bicycling Rules & Information Committee.
- Write Platinum to request review. Submit copies of licenses and/or resume.
(4) Qualified Platinum and VIP Cyclists List.
At the mandatory Platinum meetings, cyclists PICTURE ID will be checked against
the Platinum list posted below. Be sure your name is listed. Updates to the list are posted a few weeks before each Perimeter Bicycling event.
Please contact Platinum, or (520) 745-2033 with questions or corrections.
PLATINUM LIST UPDATED (Clink on the type of list you want to look at).
VIP MEMBERS MAY NOT BE ON THE PLATINUM LIST.
PLATINUM LIST (CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW)
VIP LIST (CLICK ON THE LINE BELOW)
Cyclist that are not on the Platinum list above can check this one time special Platinum list (link below). If you name appears on the list contract the Platinum director via e-mail (Platinum) for instruction on how to get a pass.
5-HOUR PLUS GROUP LIST (CLICK ON THE LINE BELOW)
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Note: once you are in the list, to find a name,
(5) Platinum Meetings
For each event attendance at one meeting is mandatory.
Doors close for each meeting at the designated time. BE ON TIME.
For address of Expo/Packet Pick Up,
please visit each event’s site at www.perimeterbicycling.com
El Tour de Mesa
Two meetings are held at Expo/packet pick up before the event:
Friday, April 6, 2013; 12:00pm (Noon)
Friday, April 6, 2013; 5:00pm
Cochise County Cycling Classic
There is no mandatory meeting for Cochise Classic.
However, it is highly recommended that all cyclists attend
the Pre-Ride meeting at Expo/Packet Pick-Up the day
before the event.
El Tour de Tucson
Three meetings are held on two days at Expo/packet pick up
in the Tucson Convention Center before the event.
Attendance at one is mandatory:
Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:00pm
Friday November 22, 2013 12:00pm (Noon)
Friday November 22, 2013 6:00pm
(6) PLATINUM SPECIFIC RULES
A complete set of event regulations other wise commonly known has the “event bible” will be issued at each event’s Expo/packet pickup.
These event regulations are for event participants that are trying to obtain platinum designation and for those event participants who have earned the platinum designation and are trying to continue it.
6.1: The finishing time listed on this page is the official finishing time (under) which an event participant must complete the entire distance of that event listed in the table in order to earn the platinum level and receive a platinum pass at future Perimeter Bicycling events.
6.2: Due to the fact that Platinum time may be listed in other areas i.e. rules booklet, Event Manual, map, fly-er, Tail Winds, Perimeter Journal or handouts and there could be a typographic error or misprint, inaccuracy or mistake this web page lists the definitive, and final Official Time for platinum designation. All other Platinum times will be un-official if different from this web page.
6.3: All participants MUST finish under the Official Posted Time on this web page to have earned the Platinum designation. The official timing company will be used as the official time. Posted UNOFFICIAL TIMES are just that UNOFFICIAL and WILL NOT be used to designate a participant as a Platinum rider. Personal device times such as Garmin, polar, sigma, Powertap, Avocet, Cateye, GPS devices will not be accepted.
6.4: Official start time is the “gun” time. This time can be a verbal “go” by either the President of Perimeter Bicycling or his designated person. The time an individual event participant starts or crosses the “start line” or their personal device time will always be UNOFFICIAL and will not be considered under any circumstance.
6.5: The final determination of the platinum designation is NOT the type of medallion you receive or the mark made on the rider number, it is the Official finishing time.
(7) ROUTE CONDITIONS
7.1: Any item on the official route that Perimeter Bicycle has no control over WILL NOT cause an exception to extend the Official Platinum time for all or any event participant.
7.2: Items that WILL NOT be considered for extending the Official Platinum time include and are not limited to:
Being stopped or held up for an Emergency Vehicle – Police, Fire or Ambulance;
Being stopped by a train at any of the railroad crossings;
Being held up or stopped for a any accident, bicycle or vehicular;
Getting separated from a group because of a bicycle accident or crash caused by another event participant;
Being stopped by an law enforcement officer(s) for violating a traffic law;
Flats or mechanical to a event participant;
Being separated “gaped” from a group by another event participant;
Being stopped or delay at a traffic signal – the course is not closed to vehicular traffic, it is the judgment of the law enforcement officer(s) to allow the event participants to travel through intersection without stopping or for safety reason to stop the individual or group.
Weather good or bad.
In other words you must finish under the Official time to earn the Platinum designation.
(8) MILEAGE OF EVENT/ROUTE
8.1: For El Tour de Tucson’s main event or the longest mileage the Official Time for Platinum Times will always be 5 hours for men and 5 hours and 30 minutes for women, regardless of distance changes due to construction or detours or extending mileage because the official start/finish line has moved or new roadway is being used.
8.2: History for El Tour de Tucson: the Official Platinum time was originally set at 5 hours for men. The distance over the past 14-year has fluctuated from a high of 113 to a low of 104. Each year the Official Platinum time remained 5 hours for men. It will continue to be the same!
8.3: Tour of the Tucson Mountains, El Tour of Mesa and Cochise County Cycling Classic Official Platinum times can and may be adjusted lower or higher depending or the distance and/or route and/or any other extenuating circumstance. Official time will be posted on this web page with a date of the posting.
(9) PLATINUM & VIP PASSES
9.1: Passes allowing entry to the Platinum & VIP section at the start line are issued only at the Platinum meeting at Expo/packet pick up before the ride. Hand written notes or e-mail will not be accepted at the start line. No exceptions.
9:2: No passes will be issued on ride morning. No exceptions.
9.3: Platinum passes EXPIRE 30 MINUTES BEFORE OFFICIAL START TIME. Access will not be given to late arrivals. BE ON TIME!
9.4: PICTURE ID IS REQUIRED to receive a Platinum or VIP pass. If an event participant qualified with a special case (see special case designation) then additional ID may be required i.e. USA Cycling license.
9.5: For a tandem to line up in Platinum Section BOTH cyclists must have a platinum pass.
9.6: For a tandem to line up in VIP Section BOTH cyclists must have a VIP pass.
9.7: Once earned Platinum & VIP designation expires after 3 years.
(10) PERIMETER BICYCLING EVENT RULES
10.1: All cyclists are responsible to have read the Perimeter Bicycling Event Rules in the Event Manual. All rules are in effect even though they are not listed on this web page.
(11) PLATINUM & VIP MEETINGS
11.1: Each cyclist must attend one of the mandatory meetings for him/herself. No representatives or agents will be accepted.
11.2: Qualified Platinum & VIP cyclists must attend the entire meeting to receive the platinum or VIP pass.
11.3: There is NO MEETING on ride morning.
11.4: Platinum & VIP meetings are the same meeting and held at the same time per the schedule listed above.
11.5: Doors close for meeting at designated time. (5 minute grace period)