If there is one thing that all Rutlers are good at then it’s Time Trials. The event is often known as the Race of Truth because it’s just you and your bike against the clock over a set distance. Recently that Time Trials have been given a slightly bad press, coverage in the cycling press is down and when you go to events there are maybe not as many competitors as there once was but we should do our best to buck that trend right now!
The racing is very accessible and without doubt the easiest area of the sport to get involved with. It is also excellent value for money as there is no expensive licence fee to pay up front. You don’t need all the gear either as you compete to beat your own best time (PB) as well competing against the other riders.
In terms of age releated racing then there is plenty for the youngsters with their own categories to compete in and for the more more mature rider still brave enough to done the ubiquitous skin suit there are quite litterly loads of options with age categories and races “on standard” (Still not quite sure what “on standard” means but i’m sure the TT sec will see me right on a decent definition to replace this admission .
The organising body behind time trials, the recently rebranded “Cycling Time Trials” (RTTC to everyone else) has recently revamped their website and it now has all the info and events listed on there. So if you’re interested in taking part get yourself along and check it out www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk
Rutland also promote quite a few time trials throughout the year so these are a great place to start or a must ride for the more expeienced.
Season long Time-Trial competition 2012.
The JE James TT league is running again this year, with a few changes made which mean that there is now a team prize available – which it would be great for Rutland to win!
Last year Rutlers had a lot of success in the league, which is open to all riders from North Mids clubs. Danny Lowthorpe finished the season in 2nd place, with Nick Latimer in 3rd and Gavin Evans, Simon Keeton and lots of other Rutlers picking up points during the season. At the end of the season prizes go to the top 3 riders based upon their best 5 results in events that count. There are also medals for the top 3 teams, made up of the three riders from each club with the most points. We’re pretty sure Rutland would have won this prize last year, but we need more people riding TTs this year to pick up valuable points! Anyone who completes any of the races gets a certificate at the end of the season.
More details on the JE James TT league are here: http://www.sheffrec-cc.org.uk/jejamesttcomp/points_based_competition.html
This year the events that count towards the league are:
Sheffrec CC 2-up 25 mile TT – Saturday 3rd March
Doncaster Wheelers 10 mile TT – Saturday 17th March
Birdwell Wheelers 10 mile TT – Saturday 31st March
Birdwell Wheelers 25 mile TT – Saturday 28th April
Sheffrec CC 10 mile TT – Saturday 19th May
Fusion Dronfield CC 10 mile TT – Saturday 2nd June
Stocksbridge CC 3-up 25 mile TT- Saturday 9th June
Peak RC 17 mile TT (SPOCO) – Wednesday 20th June
Rossington Wheelers 50 mile TT – Sunday 15th July
Sheffrec CC 25 mile TT Saturday – 28th July
Rutland CC 10 mile TT Monday – 27th August