The Garrett County Gran Fondo is not a race. However, timing chips are used and there are seven timed KOM climbs throughout the courses. In 2019 disposable timing chips will be attached to your bike number plate. Keep an eye out for signs announcing upcoming KOMs and for cones and timing mats in the road, which will hug the right side of the road so as not to impede traffic. You must cross both timing mats at base and summit of climb in order for the time to be registered. The KOM is a competition. Awards will be given to male and female winners overall and Masters (40+). Results for climbs 1-4 will be available by mid-afternoon and posted at the
Finish Line Festival. Results for Climb 5-7, and thus also for the overall KOM competition, will not be available until late in the evening due to its late location on the courses.

Climb Rides, Length Avg., Grade
1 - Overlook Pass 44, 63, 100, 125 =0.7 miles 11%
2 - White Rock Rd 44, 63, 100, 125 =1.0 miles 10%
3 - Sam Friend Rd 63, 100, 125 =1.4 miles 9%
4 - Bowman Hill 44, 63, 100, 125 =1.7 miles 10%
5 - Big Savage Mountain (Michael Road) 100, 125 =4.23 miles 8%
6 - Dry Run Rd 100, 125 =2.90 miles 7%
7 - Negro Mountain Rd to
Finish 25, 44, 63, 100, 125 Final =2.9 Miles 3%

Overall KOM Scoring Methodology at the Garrett County Gran Fondo

Male and Female Overall and Masters KOM champions are crowned at the GCGF. Eligible riders must have climb times in at least 5 of the 7 times climbs, meaning the Masochistic Metric riders (5 climbs) are eligible but Fabulous 44 riders (4 climbs) are not. Diabolical Double and Savage Century riders (7 climbs) who have a missed chip read or inadvertently miss a mat are still eligible so long as they have recorded times for 5 of the 7 KOM climbs. Chip read errors do happen on occasion, so Strava or RideWithGPS segment data can be used to replace missing climb times after the event upon request.

Overall KOM scoring is handled by averaging each rider’s percent of median climb time across their best six climb performances and the rider with the lowest score wins. For example, if the median climb time for a KOM climb is 20:00 and a rider completed that climb in 15:00, the rider’s score for that climb is 75%. This percentage is calculate for each climb for the rider and the average of the rider’s best (lowest) six percentages is taken to produce the rider’s overall KOM score. The rider with the lowest overall KOM score wins.

This approach of averaging percent of median times to generate an overall score has multiple benefits over summing up climb times of summing up finish places across each climb as a means of assessing overall KOM performance. First, the percent of median climb time is a fair measure of climb performance relative to others whereas finish place is not. A rider who climbs at 75% of the median time for two different climbs has performed identically for each, whereas a rider who gets 25th place in two different climbs could be 1 second off the winner for one climb and one minute off the winner for another. Percent of median is a better relative performance indicator than absolute place. Similarly, the percent of median approach treats all climbs with equal weight, whereas summing up climb times gives longer climbs greater weight.