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Time Trialling

We run weekly 10 mile time trials every Thursday evening throughout the summer. These are inclusive events with women's and men's categories, along with categories for TT bikes and road bikes. Additionally, the club sometimes runs two-up time trial evenings. We encourage everyone of all abilities to give it a go. To provide a fair and fun competition, we place riders into different groups with prizes available for each group. 

Our local 10 mile TT course

The first half of the course heads west to east, with a gentle 0.5% gradient most of the way and 1.5% in the last meters to the turn.  After a U turn around the roundabout at Teddington, it is very fast downhill run back to the finish.  There are faster courses than this, but it is a good ‘honest’ venue which can be quick once you get the pacing right. Most riders gain 30-60 seconds after a couple of attempts at it.

 

Women’s course record

23 mins and 12 seconds by Sharon Laws on 12th August 2012.

Men’s course record

19 minutes and 49 seconds, set by Jonathan Shubert on 13th August 2020.

Other Courses

For more details about the other courses that the club uses including 5 mile, 8 mile, 16 mile and 25 mile courses, see the TT Courses page.

The main club course which we use for virtually all our events runs between Teddington and Toddington. The course has been in continuous use since the 1960s. It is on a generally quiet, gently rolling B road in a rural location. The surface is very good and free of pot holes.

Arriving at the event

Before arriving at your first event, please make sure you've checked out the club's TT league rules page.

Our race day HQ is Teddington Village Hall. For more information about parking and the village hall's location, click here.

On the day of the event, all you need to do is provide a signature and pay your entry fee.

You’ll then be given your race number and start time. These are allocated first-come-first-served with the exception that the first 10 spots (maximum, to be decided on the day) will be reserved for women so they can compete directly against each other. So the first female will start at 7.01pm and the first male rider will start at 7.11 pm at the earliest.

 

You should pin your number before you start. Place it as low on your back / derriere  as possible so the time keeper can see it when you cross the finish line.

 

Entry fees

  • The costs are £6 for adults, £3 for under 18s.  Adults pay an extra £1 if you aren’t a member of a CTT affiliated club.

  • The cost for adults have risen by £1 since we have moved back to Teddington Village Hall to cover the increased costs.

  • We now take card payments, but please bring cash as a back up in case of teething problems.

We may have to limit rider numbers depending on daylight hours and the weather, though this is very rare.

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Warming Up

Warming up is very important! Try and get in 30 minutes before your ride starts. Make it very steady riding with a few short hard efforts thrown in. You want to be sweating on the start line!

  • Make sure you have eaten during the day and are hydrated. You won’t need a drink during the race itself.

  • Please DO NOT warm up on the course once the event has started, though you can ride down the course to get to the the start line.

  • There are plenty of good side roads to warm up on.

  • You are free to use turbo trainers or rollers if you like.

Getting to the start

When you get to the start:

  • Please continue a good 100 meters past the layby and when it is safe to do so, cross the road and return to the start line. This way you’ll avoid disrupting anyone who is about to start.

  • You must stay off the road and only stay within the Lay-By (for limits please refer to the clubs Covid – 19 safe procedures document).

  • 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.

You must have a working rear red light at the start of your ride. CTT Regulation 14 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.

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Racing and pacing

Trying to find the correct pacing strategy is what time trialling is all about! The best general advice is to start very steadily and build your speed over the first mile. Then ride consistently, before emptying the tanks in the last mile. 

There is a short climb up to the turn – go slightly harder here but don’t go crazy! You can use the descent to catch your breath. If you start too ferociously, you’ll just go into the red zone and will suffer badly. It’s much more fun to finish strongly rather than be in agony for 9 miles! But you might decide this is the best route to success – it's up to you. Good luck!!

Please remember:

  • 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.

  • Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted. If another rider catches you, you must let them continue on and do not try and jump on their wheel.

  • When you cross the ‘Finish Line’  shout out your race number to the time keeper.

  • After finishing the event return to the HQ to give your number back and and get your time. Please do not stop and see the time keeper at the finish line.

After the race

Results are available at the HQ after the last rider has finished and then on the club website  (usually) later that evening. There is always Strava too!

In addition, the club's First Aid Box will be at hand with an accident book, just so riders are aware – hopefully it will never be used!

Please also note that the TT Captain for the event on the day will be Harry Walton, who you can ask for at sign on.

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