Rules, Scoring & Prize Purse
Selection into the Life Time Grand Prix℠
- 35 men and 35 women will be selected for the 2023 Life Time Grand Prix
- All prospective participants must fill out the application in order to be considered
- Athletes applying from outside of the US will be required to show that they have proper travel logistics (visas) in place to be in the US for all 7 events
- Participants must start 5 of the 7 events in order to be eligible for an overall prize
- Example – if you start only 4 events of the series, you are not eligible for Life Time Grand Prix prize money
- Athletes will be removed from the series as soon as they become ineligible for prize money, and will no longer be scored in the Life Time Grand Prix. Athletes who drop out, or become ineligible, are encouraged to participate in remaining events, but they will race in the Pro/Open category, not in the Life Time Grand Prix.
- The final event in the series, Life Time Big Sugar Gravel, will be mandatory for all and serve as a tiebreaker in the event of a tie on points
- All prize purse eligible athletes must attend the awards ceremony
- All athletes must attend a minimum of 2 fan engagement activations throughout the year
- Fan engagement activations are pre or post-race events such as a spin out ride or autograph session that enable an interaction between fan and athlete. This abides in our collective goal to build and foster fandom around cycling in North America.
- Athletes are eligible for overall prizes and awards at each individual event
Entry Fee Dues & Prize Money
- All athletes receiving payouts of greater than $600 will be required to fill out a W9
- Entry Fees for all seven events will be covered by Life Time
- No participant in the Life Time Grand Prix can be under a current doping ban
- All athletes are subject to random doping controls at Life Time Grand Prix events
Points will be allotted for all athletes following the conclusion of each event. At the conclusion of the Life Time Grand Prix, riders’ five best finishes from the seven possible events will be tallied, giving the competitors a choice to skip two events or ride all seven and take the points from their best performances. The riders with the most points at the end of the series will be the winners.
The final event in the series, Life Time Big Sugar Gravel, will be mandatory for all athletes and serve as a tiebreaker in the event of a tie on points. The tie breaker will be determined based on which rider places higher overall at the Big Sugar event.
The Life Time Grand Prix℠ will pay out to the top 10 based on highest cumulative points following the conclusion of the 7th and final race of the series. The total purse will be $250,000, split equally between men and women.
Note: 3 events within the series (Crusher in the Tushar, Cheq MTB Festival, Sea Otter Classic) have event prize purses. Life Time Grand Prix participants are eligible to receive these dollars should they land on the overall podium.
Applications for 2023’s roster have closed. Athletes will be notified of their acceptance status on December 15th.
The Life Time Grand Prix℠ will prioritize gender parity in the series, with 35 men and 35 women selected to compete. Riders will be selected based on a range of criteria including, but not limited to, their race resume and past race performances, their interest in becoming a part of the Life Time Grand Prix, and how the rider is helping to grow cycling in the U.S. through their activities.