Saturday, January 20
After several weeks in Beta and with almost 8 million kms of riding already uploaded , the formula used to calculate our RiTMO ratings is about to be updated, making it better and more meaningful for everyone.
The boffins have been busy analysing the staggering amounts of ride data already uploaded to RiTMO and, in the next week or so, their first update to the RiTMO formula will be released. It’s a big change, involving some mind-bogglingly complicated maths but, in plain English, here’s what you can expect to see from the new formula…
When we head for the hills and especially the high mountains, RiTMO currently judges us too harshly. The new RiTMO formula makes a more generous allowance for climbing, especially when a great deal of climbing is involved. So for hillier rides, you can expect RiTMO scores to come down (or get better).
At the moment, it’s easier than it should be to get a good RiTMO score on flatter routes – it’s too generous if you like. With the new formula, the scoring will get tougher on flatter routes, so RiTMO scores on flatter routes are likely to go up (or get worse).
For most of us, RiTMO will probably feel tougher overall because most of us ride flatter routes more often than mountainous ones. So, it’s quite likely overall average RiTMO Ratings will go up (or get worse) for most people
At first, seeing your score go up may feel a little dispiriting. But, remember, if it does, you haven’t of course suddenly got worse at riding, it’s just the recalibration of the RiTMO scale, to make it better and more meaningful for everyone. Plus, we’re all in the same boat of course, which is what really matters.
Much as Chris Hoy and Chris Froome are at once ‘equally remarkable’ yet ‘entirely different’ cyclists, a RiTMO of 5 gained on a short, flat route should be an equal achievement to a 5 gained in the mountains. That’s the nub of what RiTMO does: it’s a way of comparing performances on different routes with different levels of climbing on one scale. This update will make RiTMO better at doing this, which we hope you agree, is a good thing all round.