Cheltenham and County
Time Trial League
Weekly time trials every Thursday (and some Tuesdays). These are inclusive events that are open to members & non-members, young and old.
Essential information is also on the calendar page.
Scroll this page for detailed info on what to do.
New for this year:
Three Road Bike Team Time Trials following the super popular event last year.
You can race in teams of two or on tandems at any regular event and enter the leagues alongside solo riders
All the events and dates are on the calendar page
Register online before your first event of the season
Register online here anytime before arriving at your first event of the season.
Registration is free and you provide exactly the same details you would for a normal club time trial. Collecting the details in advance makes things much quicker on the night and means we can let you know about any last minute cancellations or changes.
You only need to register once for the whole 2022 season.
Regular riders (those planning to do 3 or more events) are asked to help at one event each. This is a prerequisite to qualify for any trophies or prizes. Helper vacancies are on the TT calendar.
Helping involves putting out some signs and waving a flag a the roundabout. All you need is a car and to arrive at around 6pm. Harry will be there on the night if you get stuck. Check out the courses page for what to do.
You must be at least 14 years old to enter. Under 18s need to provide a parental consent form You only need to submit this form once, at your first event of the year.
Click here for a copy of the parental consent form. Printed copies will be available on the day, but only if you have your parent/guardian with you to sign the form.
Lights and Helmets
You must wear a helmet and have front and rear lights in operation at the start of your race – this is a new requirement to increase road visibility and safety. No exceptions can be made.
Arriving at the event
HQ and Parking
Our race day HQ is Teddington Village Hall, GL20 8JA.
Please cycle there if possible – it is a good warm up. If you do drive, please only park in the designated areas. Do not park directly on the road in front of the hall to avoid blocking the road.
For more information about parking and the village hall's location, click here.
You can sign on / register between 6pm and 6.45pm, with the race starting at 7pm. There will be plenty of folk there to answer questions you have and show you what to do.
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. The first rider off is at 7.01pm
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.
The costs are £6 for adults, £3 for under 18s.
Card payments only!
We may have to limit rider numbers depending on daylight hours and the weather, though this is very rare.
Lights and Helmets
An additional reminder....You must wear a helmet and have front and rear lights in operation at the start of your race. No exceptions can be made.
Getting to the start
For our regular 10 mile TT course, the start is about 1 mile east of the Teddington Hands Roundabout (see the map below). If you are unsure, don't be afraid to ask on the night. We are always very pleased to help!
Leave around 10 minutes to get there if starting from the HQ.
Try not to get there too early! Having too many riders at the start can cause congestion and potential safety issues. You are much better to use the time to warm up!
You must be wearing a helmet, have a working rear red light and have a working front light at the start of your ride.
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!!
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
Catch your breath
Most folk head back to the HQ to swap notes on their rides and have a chat.
Its a short ride from the finish - simply turn left at the roundabout after the finish line and then left again at the junction to Teddington village.
Return your race number
You really must return to the HQ to give your number back. Please don't forget or the organisers will be after you!
Results are available at the HQ after the last rider has finished and then on the club website (usually) later that evening.
They also appear on our TT facebook page along with any event photos
There is always Strava too..
The events have an excellent safety record with zero accidents in the recent memory. But just to be sure, first aid is available at the HQ along with your emergency contact details.
Our club 10 mile Time Trial Course
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.
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, with a few rollers on the way. 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.
Course Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30628373
Strava segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/2307703
Risk Assessment: UC706-10m-2021 RA
Helper Information: 10-TT-Instructions-for-Helper (s)
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.