The Proper Split - What to do when you're "in the money" - By Steve Lehman (reprinted from 1999

Today was a rather slow news day in the professional peleton, but I managed to stumble upon an article on Velonews on How to Split Race Winnings. Reading the Race is actually a good book, though based on the article title, you are probably a bit disappointed. This section of the book is more of a mockery of splitting tire levers and chamois cream, instead of any sort of an  idea on how to split race winnings between teammates. So, I went back into the archives and pulled an old article by the honorable Steve Lehman, on how to actually split race winnings. 

This is a common question among racers who are just starting out, and sometimes even higher category riders don't have it totally figured out. I like the suggestions by Steve because it's simple, is easily done just after a race, and doesn't require a spready sheet of formulas to work out how to take home 16.50 after 6th place in a Greentree crit. You can find what works for you, but I've always found the routine below to be helpful. 



What to do when you're "in the money" ...

Steve Lehman

June 14, 1999

Scenario #1

You just won the race or had a high placing. Was everyone behind you racing against you or were there teammates present in the peloton who contributed to your victory. What do you do?

Senario #2

You are feeling good today. If you attack you could win the race or have a high placing. If you sit-in your chances of a sprint victory are greatly improved. But you have a teammate up the road and with your help, and at the expense of your own race, he/she is almost assured of a podium finish. What do you do?


A "winner" will find and reward those teammates who blocked, disrupted the organization of adversaries, or those who "led them out". These individuals deserve a share as much as the winner. If you are a rider who has contributed to the ride of a teammate, you should let them know that you contributed. Sometimes riders get "caught up" after the race. So a reminder is appropriate. A successful team is served well by a proper split of winnings.

Next questions are:

How much and to whom?

Follwing is a minimum split standard. Each rider "in the money" is entitled to half of their winnings. The other half should go into "the pot". From this pot all riders who contributed should share equally. (Note: If you sat in, you deserve no share.)

Example: Rider A wins $80, rider B wins $40, rider C helped. Rider A keeps $40, rider B keeps $20, and the pot gets $60. Then Riders A, B and C each get $20 from the pot.


Steve Lehman