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The 2020 Series
I am pleased to announce that due to recent UK Government easement on Coronavirus Pandemic Covid – 19 restrictions being eased, and conditional consent being permitted from the CTT, we are now looking at holding our first club TT event on Thursday 16th July, with sign on from 18.00 hrs at Orchard Industrial Estate – GL54 5EB.
We intend using our U706 – 10 mile course. Please note that in order to organise this event and the remaining 6 events (please refer to our TT programme and rota) we need to follow CTT guidance to help protect the public, Marshals and riders from the possible transfer of Covid-19. These changes are now available and I ask everyone involved in each event to download the below document, and comply with it to the best of their ability. By working together and being respectful and considerate to others around you, we can run our events. If this proves not to be the case, then I will have to review with the club committee, and if necessary cancel further events planned. Our Covid-19 safe procedures for running our club TT events are provided below:
I hope the remainder of this series will be supported and prove popular, though we have the Covid-19 restrictions!
Our events are still open to C&CCC Club Members, Non Club Members but who’s clubs are affiliated to the CTT and Non members with their club not being affiliated to the CTT (they enter as a C&CCC Day Member). Further details are provided below.
Please note that as this event is Open to riders, with entry on the day, we may have to limit riders if there are more than 40 entries, depending on daylight hours and the weather. The time keepers will also make this decision based on safety grounds and their decision will be final. Entry is based on a first come basis and remember to social distance if there is a queue.
For the U706 Course information, please refer to the ‘Courses’ tab of follow this link: www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/time-trialling/courses/
Please ignore the details on Teddington Village Hall, as we cannot use this hall.
The approximate distance from Orchard Industrial Estate to the start line is 3.2 mile and riders should allow around 13 minutes to cover this distance at an average speed of 15 mph. Please turn safely and allow a good 100 metres from the start line, where vision is good and it is safe to do so, to cross the road and return to the start line. Due to social distancing we can only have a maximum of 6 riders at the start line, and riders are advised to target 4 minutes ahead of their start time.
A further option (my preference) is to extend the distance from 3.2 miles to 5.2 miles, by getting to the start line via Teddington roundabout, and that way you have a good warm up and take just over 20 minutes at an average 15 mph pace.
Due to there now being only 5 flat TT events available this season, we intend only offering 10 mile events. Please note that these events finish on the 13th August, and therefore, due to the finish line being in a westerly direction, we ask that riders use tinted glasses or visors as on bright evenings there could be sunlight glare, which could be mitigated by using such lenses. Though the season is short we will still offer prize money per Division. Placings will therefore be 1st £15, 2nd £10, 3rd £5. There will not be a prize money condition this season, to help at an event, but it is hoped that we will have a volunteer to marshal at each event (if not the event is cancelled!). Please contact me so I can add your name to the TT programme rota and provide guidance.
Please also remember to bring the correct change for your entry as we will have limited change available on the day. Entry fee’s remain as last season, which for a CTT Member (U18) £3, and CTT Member (Adult) £6, C&CCC Day Member £7. Please note that if you are a C&CCC member, then you are designated as a CTT member as the club is Affiliated to the CTT. This also applies to all other riders entering, who’s club is Affiliated to the CTT. Those not, must enter as a C&CCC Day Member and pay the entry fee of £7 (extra £1) and complete the Day Membership form.
Please also note, that the CTT have revised their Regulation 14, which states that ‘No competitor shall be permitted to start an event unless such competitor has affixed to the rear of their bike a working rear red light, either flashing or constant, that is illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users’. As the club needs to comply with the CTT rules, please ensure you have a working rear light, otherwise you cannot compete in our event.
I hope the remainder of this TT series will be well supported and look forward to seeing you all, and lets see what club records can still be broken, due to all that lockdown training!
Please all be aware that this will be my last season as club TT Captain and though my successor would be formally appointed at the clubs AGM in November, it makes sense that the person interested in taking on this role, contacts me early in the season and I can then show them the ropes, so the transition can be smooth and they take on the 2021 Series with a degree of confidence. That individual should ideally be a TT rider (though not a necessity), and be familiar with and understand the CTT Rules. The club is affiliated to the CTT and therefore, abides by their rules.
Gary Rickards – TT Captain.
Mobile – 07887 400239
2020 Calendar (NB. This is not updated to reflect the five TT races, so please just use the below information as general information only)
The calendar will show all the events for this year:
- Details of all our events are on our events page, so please review and familiarize yourself with the course and HQ location.
- Velo Vitesse will organise 3 hill climb events this season (TBC), alongside our club (3 hill climb events in total) as part of the overall calendar.
- We have organised two interclub TT events with Gloucester Cycle Club, this season. Everyone is free to enter these, not just members of these clubs. If you are not a member of a CTT Affiliated Club then for an extra £1 you can be a C&CCC Day Member for the event.
- We have a calendar of flat events running until the 13th August 2020.
- The 3 week Hill climb series will commence from Tuesday 11th August and will consist of 6 events over 3 weeks, finishing on the 27th August 2020. Please note that we offer £20 prize money to the winner of this series (Prize money split if equal points).
As usual, we need volunteers to help run the events which will involve putting out signs, marshaling and pushing off (though the pushing off can be done by a rider setting off last). All regular riders are expected to volunteer and help, and by doing this, they will then qualify for Division Prize Money (top 3 placings) and some selective trophy awards to be presented at the clubs annual award ceremony held in December (for these awards you need to be a C&CCC club member). Check out the event calendar and volunteer rota and email or text Gary to reserve your slot to help. Please note, that if we do not have these two volunteers by 18:00 hrs on the Wednesday before the event, then the event is likely to be cancelled, due to reasonable notice being required to the Time Keepers, Village Hall Secretary and avoid the TT Captains time, driving around the course to check no road works etc.
The league format will have 4-5 Divisions depending on entry levels, with riders 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 achieves 27 mins, 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 8 and 10 mile Events – Teddington Village Hall
- Entry is £6 per rider + £1 if you are not with a CTT affiliated club or need a Day Pass as a C&CCC member to enter the event. PLEASE BRING THE CORRECT ENTRY FEE AS WE HAVE LIMITED CHANGE! You must be at least 14 years old and U18s Parent, must have a completed and signed the clubs parental consent form, otherwise they cannot enter. 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 8 mile (K39/8) and 10 mile (U706) Courses only. Currently the Sign-on at the Dumbleton Club HQ opens at 6:15 pm and closes at approx 7:10 pm. The HQ is hired until 9:15 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 (not intended to be used for this season) 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 club events. If you intend to ride regularly (more than 3), you are asked to help Marshal at least one event, to qualify for the division prize money (top 3) and a Trophy. For the trophy, the competitor must have helped at ONE event, and be a C&CCC Club Member. See the rota to volunteer. Please contact Gary, who will add your name and provide information on Marshal duties. You can also help by just ‘Pushing Off’ and being the last rider in that event. Again you will be shown how to push off riders, if necessary.
- Information on the events is provided further down this page.
- A rear flashing or constant red rear light on your bike is required and mandatory (If you do not have one, you will NOT race on that day).
- When signing on to enter an event, please use CAPITAL LETTERS for your full name, so this is recorded and spelt correctly for the results. Please also just provide your ‘Year of Birth’ as DOB is no longer required. Please ensure you have read and understand the course risk assessment, 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 riders 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. please DO NOT warm up on the course, once the event has started.
- 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 do not stop and see the time keeper at the finish line.
- Please note that the TT 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 the TT Captain , so he 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.
- We offer complementary Tea/ Coffee/ Hot Chocolate & Biscuits, so please stay back and have a social chat and winners have bragging rights!
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 riders and vehicle drivers.
- They should simply point the direction of travel to the rider as they approach, using the red flag.
- It is up to the rider to check whether the road is clear – do not rely on the marshal to do this for you. Please follow the Highway Code.
- Marshals are not allowed to stop traffic or attempt to.
- All Marshals wear a tabard
Check out the TT Calendar page tab for more information on helpers and the task details are on the course details page.
10 Mile Courses (NB. We generally use the U706, unless otherwise referenced)
The HQ at Dumbleton Club for the U715 Course (NB this course is not intended to be used for the 2020 TT Series)
Check out the Courses Tab page for specific information on the course route.
The new U715 Course will be held at Dumbleton Village Club, Golden Hay, Main Street, Dumbleton, Evesham, WR11 7TH. Bikes and vehicles can be parked in their large car park. Turbo Trainers are permitted but please ensure they are close and behind the owners vehicle, away from the access road, and do NOT block drive ways etc.
The main pedestrian access is at the front of the building the building. Just enter the doors and turn left opposite the toilets into the room. We have access to the toilet areas and in the room there is table / chairs for signing on and hot water boiling facilities. There is also a bar for after the event should you need alcohol to dampen the pain!! Please do NOT use the main hall unless accessing the bar.
C&CCC will be providing Free Complementary Tea and Coffee for competitors, Time Keepers and club officials, but please keep the room tidy and put used cups etc. in the waste bag provided or leave at the collection point for the dishwasher.
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!
To be added
The Lab-By on the A46 for the race start is approximately 1.8 miles from the Dumbleton Village Club and when you leave the village club hall just turn right 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 Club to the start location, which also clearly shows the loop back from the Lay-By used to cross the A46. – To Be Added
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 K39 / 8, 2 x K39 / 8, 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.
- For specific course details, please go to the ‘Course’ Pages or use the following link: https://www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/time-trialling/courses/
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 (Not to be used for 2019 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