KOM/QOM and SPRINT Competitions Coming to Your Neck of the Woods!
2019 marked the 9th edition of the King and Queen of the Mountain (KOM / QOM) cycling awards at Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
We love awarding these KOM and QOM jerseys because the winners demonstrate the #NeverGiveUp! spirit that cancer survivors need to have on their cancer journeys. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo also is one of our best fundraising programs and generates several thousand dollars each year to support cancer survivors.
We know that not everyone can make it to Virginia, so we brainstormed how we could bring inspiration, camaraderie, and joy across the country – while raising money for cancer survivors and promoting the benefits of exercise. Being Strava enthusiasts ourselves, the idea for Strava.com-based competitions took off, and we are now prepped and ready to sponsor 12 Strava-based competitions across the country in 2020! 6 competitions will be Strava Climb segments (as part of our KOM/QOM Competition) and 6 competitions will be Strava Sprint segments (as part of our SPRINT Competition).
COVID-19 Update (March 2020): We hope you and your loved ones are safe during this uncertain time. We’re here to spread some joy and healthy competition! In the coming months, we’ll be providing our cycling community with opportunities to train and compete, while complying with social distancing guidelines.
If you haven’t heard, our KOM/QOM and Sprint competitions are based on Strava.com segments that you can ride anytime (or multiple) times between June 15 and December 31, 2020. Registering for our competitions gives you the opportunity to put your training program to use, even though organized cycling competitions may be canceled through a major portion of 2020.
We hope that outdoor exercise will continue to be authorized by local and state officials if we adhere to appropriate social distancing protocols. Right now, cycling has been deemed as safe, as long as riders are at least 6 feet apart and in groups of less than 10 people. The good news is that our competition formats are individual in nature – so you should be riding these segments solo. Stay safe, and wear a mask!
Register for a Segment by Clicking the “Register” links below
Pre-register to compete in one of our Climb Segments below, or Submit Your Own Segment by July 15th to be considered for the 2020 Competition!
Climb Segment 1: Pillars to Rock Climb Pullout
Location: Golden, Colorado
Climb Segment 2: Cheaha 3 Mile Climb
Location: Delta, AL
Climb Segment 3: The Wood Burn Climb
Location: Leesburg, VA
Climb Segment 4: Loma Vista from Doheny Road to Top
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Climb Segment 5: HSG Cycling Hill Climb
Location: Dammeron Valley, UT
Climb Segment 6: Full Sawyers Uphill
Location: Richmond, England, UK
Competition Overview: You will be able to attempt a segment as many times as you would like until December 31st, 2020, in order to achieve your best time. The top male and female overall winners, from each Strava age group, will be mailed a CJF KOM/QOM jersey! (FAQs can be found at the bottom of this page)
Pre-register to compete in one of our Sprint Segments below, or Submit Your Own Segment by July 15th to be considered for the 2020 Competition!
Sprint Segment 1: Flying 500m
Location: Los Angeles, California
Sprint Segment 2: S Beach Road Blast
Location: Hobe Sound, FL
Sprint Segment 3: LCHS Final Sprint
Location: Leesburg, VA
Sprint Segment 4: Seminary Time Trial
Location: Mill Valley, CA
Sprint Segment 5: KC-5
Location: Tenafly, NJ
Sprint Segment 6: Hampton Court Drag – Light to Zebra
Location: Barge Walk, England, UK
Competition Overview: You will be able to attempt a segment as many times as you would like until December 31st, 2020, in order to achieve your best time. The top male and female winners, from each Strava age group, will be mailed a CJF Sprint Jersey! (FAQs can be found at the bottom of this page)
Rules and FAQs
How many times can I attempt a segment?
You will be able to attempt the segment as many times as you would like until December 31st, 2020!
How do I create my own segment?
Follow the guidelines (above) for creating a segment and send the URL along to us using the contact form (above).
When is the deadline to submit a segment?
We will be taking segment submissions until June 14, 2020. You may submit as many segments as you’d like!
When and where can I register?
You may register for a confirmed segment, or submit your own segment for consideration for the competitions, here.
What is the cost to participate?
The cost to participate in the digital competitions will be $10. This helps us cover the cost of the KOM/QOM jerseys and helps us raise money for our 2020 programs.
What will the winners receive?
Every male and female winner, from each Strava.com age group, will receive a special KOM/QOM or Sprint jersey* (depending on which competition was entered) and a hometown press release (with your approval)! Additionally, in the spirit of #NeverGiveUp!, we will also be sending out special Lanterne Rouge awards!
*Note: There must be at least three competitors in an age group to qualify for a jersey.