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New for the 2018 Series is the 10 mile U715 Course
The 2018 Club TT Series is nearly with us and before I provide details to competitors on the new U715 Course and changes to the League Tables and Rules, I wish to just recognize with thanks – John Pinfold for all his assistance in helping me with traffic counts, the new course Risk Assessment and helpers guidance notes, along with Graham Steer who gave early guidance on course measurement and the League table reviews, all of which helped enable the 2018 TT Series to proceed.
Gary Rickards – TT Captain.
Mobile – 07887 400239
League Reallocation Statement
The primary objective of running the leagues is to pitch riders of roughly equal ability against each other, in the spirit of providing healthy and fair competition.
With that in mind the League rules provide for a reallocation of riders to different Leagues after a limited number of races. Initially we had intended this to take place after 5 races when we should have had three races on the U706 – 10 mile course. This would have allowed us to compare riders’ times with their last season’s best in the 10 mile scratch league to validate their preliminary League allocation. Unfortunately with the continual roadworks on the U706 then this has hindered this objective. We, therefore, increased the number of races to 6 so as to include at least one 10 mile race.
Having taken account of all races to date and allowing for the pertaining race conditions we have reallocated riders to what we believe are their most appropriate leagues.
Any rider who believes they have been wrongly reallocated please contact me. Conversely anyone who believes they were initially allocated to the wrong league should do the same. In both cases you need to provide a convincing supporting argument.
In respect of League E, there are currently only a few riders in this League, which does not foster competition as intended by running the Leagues and providing prize money at the end of the season. Therefore, should this League not increase in riders over the next few weeks, then the League will be deleted and the riders in that League will move up’.
The 2018 TT Series will be different from previous years simply because all our main TT courses use the Toddington roundabout, and for the 2018 Series, we have had to find an alternative 10 mile course, because of the new housing estate development, which started December 2017 and will have roadworks and construction activities on the B4077 (and possibly the B4632 from Winchcombe) until September 2018! We already experienced roadworks along the B4077 during 2017 which affected the TT Programme, so this year, we expect disruption from the new housing estate and four new entrances they are forming off the B4077 onto the new estate (First House likely to be sold from May 2018) and have therefore, taken the plunge and had to develop a new alternative 10 mile TT course, so avoiding the likely construction activities associated with this new housing estate.
The new 10 mile course development, commenced in October 2017 and was conditionally approved by West DC mid December 2017 and they have allocated the Course Number U715
Due to the travel distances from Teddington Village Hall to the start of the new 10 mile course and from the finish, we considered the Teddington Village Hall was not suitable while competing on the new U715 Course, and therefore, we will be using the Dumbleton Village Hall (Post Code WR11 7TP) as HQ. We will continue using the Teddington Village Hall for our 5 mile TT course and for when we use the clubs normal U706 (10 mile course).
The new 10 mile U715 course will start at the Lay-By just north of the Beckford Road turning off the A46. Competitors proceed on the southbound carriageway of the A46 towards the Teddington roundabout for approximately 2.5 miles, and then just turn left at the Teddington roundabout onto the B4077 heading towards Toddington and then you turn left at ‘Black Sheds’ crossroads onto the B4078 towards Sedgeberrow. The finish line is approximately 160 metres south of the named ‘Sedgeberrow’ village signs. Two long steel pins have been driven into the ground, either side of the road in the verge, with white painted heads, to identify the finish point.
I provide below the course route and the Risk Assessment Rev 4, which ALL Competitors must read, understand and abide with, particularly the risks associated with being on the A46.
Further details are published under the ‘HQs and Courses’ and ‘Rules’ Tabs.
The calendar shows all the events for this year.
- We are kicking off the season with a 10 mile club TT race on Sunday 11th March with a race start time of 9.01 am on the new U715 Course with the HQ at Dumbleton Village Hall. This race is NOT part of the 2018 League Series, which starts on Thursday 12th April at 7.01 pm at Teddington Village Hall for the 5 mile U706B Course.
- Velo Vitesse organise events alongside our club as part of the league calendar. This we hugely welcome and we encourage any other clubs reading this to get involved also.
- We have interclub TTs with Gloucester and possibly Evesham Wheelers (yet to be confirmed) this year. Everyone is free to enter these, not just members of these clubs
- We have a calendar of flat events running until the 9th August
- Hill climb fortnight will commence from Tuesday 14th August and will consist again of 4 events in two weeks, finishing on the 23rd August.
- We have provisionally booked the Teddington Village Hall for a 10 mile TT Race on the clubs U706 Course for New Years Eve on Monday 31st December 2018 (Morning, time to be confirmed).
As usual, we need volunteers for all the events to help put out event signs and marshaling. All regular riders are expected to pitch in and help. Check out the event calendar and volunteer rota and email or text Gary to reserve your slot. To encourage helpers to come forward, to win either Prize money or a Trophy from the League, a competitor is expected to have helped at ONE competition in either the TT Flat or Hill series. Please refer to the League Rules for further information.
The league format has 5 Divisions, with competitors placed into a division based on their ability against the clock.
We hope this format promotes competition. Competitors of similar ability compete against each other, irrespective of their age or gender. If you are a 75 year-old who regularly does 27’s, you will compete against any other riders posting similar times.
The full league rules can be seen on the Rules page.
General Competition Information
- Check out the Courses tab for all the events. Please note, we use the Teddington Village Hall as HQ for 5 and 10 mile competitions and Dumbleton Village Hall for the new U715 Course ONLY – Dumbleton Village Hall HQ, Access and Parking (Final) Teddington Village Hall
- Entry is £5 per rider + £1 if you are not with a CTT affiliated club. Entry is on the night. You must be at least 14 years old and U18s must have a completed and signed the clubs parental consent form. See the rules.
- Sign-on opens at approx 6.00pm, closes at 6:40 pm for the Teddington Village Hall and all events start at 7.01pm for the 5 mile and 10 mile U706 Courses only. Currently the Sign-on at the Dumbleton Village Hall opens at 6:30 pm and closes at 7:10 pm, but this maybe pulled back once traffic counts are completed on the A46. The HQ is hired until 9:30 pm.
- The time keepers determine the number of competitors entering on the day on a first come / first serve basis and this will generally be based on the weather conditions and natural light levels- please respect their decisions. For the new U715 Course there is maximum entry level of 45 competitors during April, May and August, with this quantity extended to 60 during June and July only, based on natural Civil Twilight hours.
- Anyone can enter and race in our Events. If you intend to ride regularly, you will be expected to help run at least one event, and to qualify for Prize money or a Trophy, the competitor must have helped at ONE competition. See the rota to volunteer
- Information on the events is provided further down this page.
- A rear flashing red light on your bike is strongly recommended.
- When signing on to enter an event, please use CAPITAL LETTERS for your full name, so this is recorded and spelt correctly. Please ensure you have read and understand the course risk assessment Rev 4, which will also be available at the signing on desk. Any queries, please ask. In addition, the clubs First Aid Box will be at hand with an accident book, just so competitors are aware – hopefully it will never be used!
- When you reach the Lay-By for the start you must stay off the road and only stay within the Lay-By. When you start you only go onto the road when it is SAFE to do so. The Lay-By is long so you have time to manoeuvre.
- Competitors must ride on the left hand side of the road and try and avoid wandering into the middle and right hand side of the road unless overtaking or right hand turns. Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and MUST NOT ride in company (in a solo competition) or take shelter from other competitors or vehicles (commonly known as drafting) in accordance with CTT Regulations.
- Competitors are reminded that when they cross the ‘Finish Line’ they shout out their race number to the time keeper.
- After finishing the event, competitors need to return their race number to HQ and they can also obtain their time, once the time keeper has returned.
- Please note that the TT Race Captain will be regularly competing in these club events and therefore, if he is not around to help resolve a query or problem please ask for Graham Steer, who will try and help. Graham will also collate and pass on information to me, so I can later assist as necessary.
When you have finished your ride
DO NOT ASK THE TIME KEEPER FOR YOUR RESULT OR HANG AROUND THE FINISH AREA.
- Please return direct to the HQ.
- You can collect your result when you return your race number from the village hall, once the last competitor has finished or later from our website.
- These requirements are for safety reasons and to allow the time keeper to not be distracted.
Any questions? Contact Gary
A Marshals role is as follows:
- Their job is simply to have a presence on a roundabout to increase awareness for competitors and vehicle drivers.
- They should simply point the direction of travel to the competitor as they approach, using the red flag.
- It is up to the competitor to check whether the road is clear – do not rely on the marshal to do this for you.
- Marshals are not allowed to stop traffic or attempt to.
Check out the TT Calendar page tab for more information on helper tasks for each course.
10 Mile Courses
The HQ at Dumbleton Village Hall for the U715 Course
Check out the Courses Tab page for specific information on the course route.
The new U715 Course will be held at Dumbleton Village Hall, Dairy Lane, Dumbleton, WR11 7TP and vehicles can be parked in front of the village hall, on Dairy Lane (but only on the Right hand side of the road as going up) and on the Main Street. Turbo Trainers are permitted but please ensure they are close and behind the owners vehicle, away from the road, and do NOT block drive ways.
Parking for bikes is on the left side of the building. Just open the wooden pedestrian gate and you can leave your bike in this enclosed area. Once the building is open, then there is an exit door which can be used to access and leave the building to gain direct access to this area.
The main pedestrian access is to the right of the building and around the back, where there is a rear access door. This door is locked and there is a key safe on the wall (access code only provided to authorized club personnel or time keepers) to open and lock the door. Once in the premises (known as the ‘Campbell Suite’) then competitors have access to both separate Male & Female toilets, Kitchen, Signing on room with Kitchenette. Please do NOT use the main hall.
C&CCC will be providing Free Complementary Tea and Coffee for competitors, Time Keepers and club officials, but please keep the kitchenette tidy and put used cups etc. in the waste bag provided.
Below is an aerial Plan of the Village Hall and access routes around it. Please be respectful of the neighbours and also be aware that the Village Hall Secretary lives opposite on Dairy Lane, so any nuisance, he will hear about!
The Lab-By on the A46 for the race start is approximately 1.8 miles from the Dumbleton Village Hall and when you leave the village hall just turn left onto the Main Street and follow the road to the A46 junction. At this junction there is excellent vision in both directions and you must apply extreme care crossing the A46 (please ensure you have read the course Risk Assessment Rev 4) and just go north, past the start on the opposite side of the road, to the Lay-By on your carriageway. Pull in here and when safe cross the A46 and return south bound to the Lay-By and the start position is directly opposite the first Blue ‘No Tipping’ sign. ANYONE SEEN TURNING OR WARMING UP ON THE A46, WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION. Warming up can either be done from turbo trainers by the HQ or by turning right when leaving the HQ on the Main Street and using the ‘B’ roads.
Below is a map route from Dumbleton Village Hall to the start location, which also clearly shows the loop back from the Lay-By used to cross the A46.
The U715 Course is provided below, and must be read in conjunction with the Risk Assessment Rev 4, also provided.
When competitors finish the race, they return via the B4078 and turn right onto the unclassified road, sign posted to Dumbleton. Please ensure competitors when crossing the B4078, do not hinder competitors who are racing towards the finish line. Dumbleton Village Hall is approximately 2 miles from the Finish Line.
The HQ at Teddington Village (link to map) for the U706, U706B, U706R Courses. Please be very considerate when parking
- Only park in the green shaded areas on the map below
- Please leave passing spaces between the car in front of you when parking in the lanes – long lines of closely parked cars are awkward for passing traffic
- Please be considerate when getting changes in or near you vehicles – don’t put on a striptease! This is a serious request! The village hall is more than suitable for getting changed.
- Let the organiser know of any issues.
8 Mile Event
Remember NO ‘U’ turns on the B4077 on the course and at the start you form an orderly line on the estate road within the bollards, and you DO NOT move forward if a vehicle on the B4077 is in close proximity.
For further details please refer to the ‘Courses’ page tab.
25 Mile Events
Detailed map: https://goo.gl/BJFHMA
The HQ is at Isbourne Industrial Estate, off B4632 0.5 mile north of Winchcombe. Please park considerately on the roads of the estate.
Sign on opens from around 6pm. First rider is off at 19.01.
As is usual now, please head straight back to the HQ after you finish and do not bother the time keeper.
Check out the ‘Courses’ page for additional information
Reverse 10 Mile Course
The Reverse 10 runs from Toddington to Teddington and back (rather than the other way around).
Here is what you need to know:
- The HQ will be at Isborne Industrial Estate, the one we use for the 25 mile TTs. Do not go to Teddington Village Hall or the Orchard Industrial Estate.
- The start is just south of the Toddington Roundabout. There is not much room here and the waiting area is quite compact. Please don’t arrive at the start more than 5 minutes before you start time. There will be a marshal here to keep things orderly!
- You will do U – turn at the large roundabout at Teddington. There will be marshals present.
- The finish is on just after you pass the Orchard Industrial Estate, which will be on your left hand side
- As ever, please remember that it is you must obey all traffic laws and give way at junctions and roundabouts. The marshals cannot provide any assistance to you.
- Here is a link to the course: https://www.strava.com/routes
Check out the ‘Courses’ page for additional information
5 mile events
The start is outside Toddington Village Hall. The HQ is at Teddington Village Hall. Careful not to get these the wrong way around!
The finish is the same as the one for the 10 mile events – just before Teddington Hands Rounabout.
We will ask you to
- not perform any kind of U-turn near the start area. Please go up to the roundabout at Toddington to turn round and get to the start.
- not to warm up on the course once the event has started.
Check out the ‘Courses’ page for additional information