Hammer Stavanger: The format explained

The Hammer Series is a revolutionary new cycling format, but what is it and how does it work?

Here is everything you need to know about Hammer Stavanger.

Hammer Stavanger in a nutshell

Hammer Stavanger is a three-day professional cycling event held in Stavanger, Norway, from May 25-27.

The event is made up of three races in three days: the Hammer Climb on May 25, the Hammer Sprint on May 26 and the Hammer Chase on May 27.

Fourteen teams of seven riders will take part, but teams can only field five riders in each of the three races.

Is it the same as a stage race?

No. While traditional multi-day cycling races have individual riders as stage and classification winners, Hammer Series events are all about teams.

The Hammer Climb and Hammer Sprint are points races in which riders will attempt to win points for their team.

Each team’s finishing positions from days one and two will then be combined to determine their starting place on day three’s Hammer Chase, a team time trial in which the first team over the line will be crowned Hammer Stavanger champions.

May 25: Hammer Climb - Sandnes 17:00 - 19:00

Neutral start at Stavanger Forum, with race start in Elvegaten Sandnes and finish at Skaarlia. The race takes place over nine and a half laps of an 8.48km circuit. At the end of every lap, the first 10 riders over the finish line will earn the following points for their teams: 100, 81, 66, 53, 43, 35, 28, 23, 19 and 15. Double points will be awarded at the end of laps three, six and 10.

The team with the most points will win the Hammer Climb and move to the top of the overall leaderboard.

The Hammer Climb profile
The Hammer Climb map

May 26: Hammer Sprint - Stavanger 16:15 - 18:15

Start & finish at Madlaveien outside Stavanger Forum. The race takes places over 10 laps of a flat 9.2km circuit. The first 10 riders to cross the line at the end of each lap will earn points for their teams (100, 81, 66, 53, 43, 35, 28, 23, 19 and 15), with double points available at the end of laps three, six and 10.

The team with the most points from the day will win the Hammer Sprint and results will contribute to the overall leaderboard.

The Hammer Sprint profile
The Hammer Sprint map

May 27: Hammer Chase - Stavanger 14:50 - 17:00

This is the decisive race. It is a team time trial taking place over three laps of a 16.23km course.

For safety, teams will be split into two groups: the top half on the leaderboard will go into Group 1, and bottom half will go into Group 2.

Start & Finish is on Madlaveien outside Stavanger Forum.

The Hammer Chase profile
The Hammer Chase map

Teams in each group will set off at fixed time intervals decided by their position on the leaderboard. The fixed time intervals for both groups are below.

PositionTime gapDifference

Teams in Group 1 can challenge for both victory in the Hammer Chase and overall Hammer Series victory. Teams in Group 2 can challenge for the Hammer Chase win, but not overall victory.

The winner of the Hammer Chase will be the team that completes the course in the fastest time. The winner of Hammer Stavanger will be the first team over the finish line from Group 1.

The Hammer Series points system

Teams accumulate points at Hammer Stavanger, Hammer Limburg in, the Netherlands and Hammer Hong Kong. The team with most points at the end of Hammer Hong Kong will be crowned the Hammer Series Winners 2018. Points are awarded from each race as follows:

PositionHammer StavangerHammer LimburgHammer Hong KongPoints