About Hammer Series
In 2018, Mitchelton-SCOTT blazed a trail to ultimate victory when they were crowned Hammer Series champions after races in Norway, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
This year, the Hammer Series returns to those three countries on the following dates:
Hammer Stavanger, Norway, May 24-26
Hammer Limburg, Netherlands, June 7-9
Hammer Hong Kong, October 12-13
In Norway and the Netherlands, there will be a Hammer Climb, a Hammer Sprint and a Hammer Chase on consecutive dates. In Hong Kong, there will be a Hammer Sprint and a Hammer Chase.
Teams accumulate points in Norway, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The team with most points at the end of Hammer Hong Kong will be crowned the Hammer Series Winners 2019.
Points are awarded from each race as follows:
Is Hammer Series the same as a stage race?
No. Traditional cycling races have individual riders as stage and classification winners but the Hammer Series is all about team performance and crowning the best team in cycling. Each team is made up of seven riders, but only five riders race in each discipline.
The Hammer Climb and Hammer Sprint are points races in which riders will attempt to score points for their teams.
Each team’s finishing positions from day one and two are combined to determine their starting place on day three’s Hammer Chase, a team pursuit against the clock.
How does the Hammer Climb work?
It takes place over multiple laps of a short circuit. On every lap, riders will earn points for their teams depending on their position when they cross the line. The higher the position, the more points.
The team with the most points will win the Hammer Climb.
And the Hammer Sprint?
Again, it takes place over multiple laps of a short circuit and riders can earn points for their teams by placing as high as possible at the end of each lap. The team with the most points will win the Hammer Sprint.
And finally, the Hammer Chase?
This is the decisive race. It is a team pursuit over several laps of a circuit.
Participating teams will be ranked by adding together their scores in the first two races, so the higher a team is on the leaderboard after the first two days, the higher they are placed on the start line for the decisive day.
Teams in each group will set off at fixed time intervals decided by their ranking based on performance in the previous days' racing.
For safety, the Hammer Chase teams are split into two starting groups: the top half will go into Finalist Group, and bottom half will go into the Runner-up Group.
Teams in the Runner-Up Group can challenge for the Hammer Chase win, but not overall race victory. The team which completes the Hammer Chase in the fastest time will win the Hammer Chase regardless of the group they started in that day.
Teams in the Finalist Group challenge for victory in the race. The team which crosses the finish first in the Finalist Group will be the winner of that Hammer race.
The fourth rider over the line counts as the team finishing.
In the Hammer Chase, commissaires use a series of flags to control the race:
Yellow: first warning
Orange: final warning
Green: warning over
Who runs the Hammer Series?
The Hammer Series is being developed by Velon, which produces live rider data, videos and social media designed to increase engagement with professional cycling.
The goal is to grow the Hammer Series into a global series of city hub-based races that builds upon the appeal of premium professional cycling and serves as a communications platform for host cities to promote and demonstrate initiatives in active lifestyle, mobility and sports tourism.
For more information, please email:
Press, PR & Marketing: Mikkel Condé, Velon