Time Trial

  • Here is the confirmed club time trial calendar. It's based pretty closely on the 2014 calendar, but has a few changes, such as some excursions to the Brogborough course. Here's a pdf version.

    We will use the same League table system as in 2014, but with the following categories:

    • Open League
    • NBRC League (points calculated by open places) - only open to NBRC First Claim members, prizes will be awarded
    • Open Veterans League (points calculated from placing on veteran standard)
    • NBRC Veterans League (points calculated from open event placing on veteran standard) - only open to NBRC First Claim members, prizes will be awarded
    • NBRC Handicap League (points calculated using placings on Bryan's magic handicapping system) - only open to NBRC First Claim members, prizes will be awarded

    Only First Claim members of NBRC are eligible for the NBRC Leagues (for which prizes will be awarded at the Club Dinner).

    Event entry is £2.50 (First and Second Claim NBRC members) or £3.00 (non-members).

    Two events have been designated "come and try it" events: the Astwood events on Saturday 21st March and Wednesday 17th June. We will alter the start/finish points for those events so we can use the Bike Bus cafe. Further details when the event details are announced.

    DATE

    TIME

    COURSE

    DISTANCE

    (miles)

    RIDERS

    Sat 7th March

    09:00

    F5u/10 - Stony 72” MG

    11.4

    40

    Sat 14th March

    09:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    40

    Sat 21st March

    09:00

    F5v/10(Rev) - Astwood (Come and try it event: uses revised course)

    10

    40

    Sun 29th March

    09:00

    F5w/20 - Hardriders

    20

    30

    Wed 8th April

    19:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    20

    Wed 15th April

    19:00

    F5v/10 - Astwood

    10

    30

    Wed 22nd April

    19:00

    F5u/10 - Stony

    10

    40

    Wed 29th April

    19:00

    F15/10 - Brogborough  

    10

    40

    Wed 6th May

    19:00

    F5v/10A - Astwood

    10

    40

    Wed 13th May

    19:00

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Wed 20th May

    19:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    40

    Wed 27th May

    19:15

    F5v/10 - Stagsden

    10

    40

    Wed 3rd June

    19:15

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Wed 10th June

    19:15

    F15/10 - Brogborough

    10

    40

    Wed 17th June

    19:15

    F5v/10(Rev) - Astwood (Come and try it event: uses revised course)

    10

    40

    Wed 24th June

    19:15

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Wed 1st July

    19:15

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    40

    Wed 8th July

    19:15

    F5v/20 - Astwood (2 Laps)

    20

    40

    Wed 15th July

    19:15

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Wed 22nd July

    19:15

    F15/10 - Brogborough

    10

    40

    Wed 29th July

    19:15

    F5v/10A - Stagsden

    10

    40

    Wed 5th Aug

    19:00

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Wed 12th Aug

    19:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    30

    Wed 19th Aug

    19:00

    F5v/10 - Astwood

    10

    30

    Wed 26th Aug

    19:00

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    30

    Sat 5th Sept

    09:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    40

    Sat 12th Sept

    09:00

    F5v/10A - Stagsden

    10

    40

    Sat 19th Sept

    09:00

    F5u/10 - Stony

    11.4

    40

    Sun 11th Oct

    09:00

    F5X/H Three Locks

    Hill Climb

    40

    Sat 31st Dec

    24:00

    End of One Year Time Trial

     

    1

    Fri 1st Jan 16’

    10:00

    F5d/10 - Stoke Hammond

    10

    40

  • To some, time trials are the “race of truth”. To others, a waste of time plugging along a road on your own! This is a brief introduction...

    Time trialling in England is governed by Cycling Time Trials, the CTT, which was originally the Road Time Trial Council, or RTTC. Standard distances are 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and the longer events, the 12hr and 24hr events (in which the aim is to cover as many miles as possible in the time given). Time trials are also held over other distances, most notably circuit events such as the Rudy Project time trial series, and hilly events (also known as Sporting Courses, or Spocos). In most events, the riders start at 1 minute intervals, and aim to cover the course in as short a time as possible, riding strictly on your own, without sheltering behind other riders or otherwise taking pace. The CTT have a useful beginners guide to Time Trials.

    Club Events

    Club events are relatively informal, and you can usually turn up on the night if you fancy a ride. They make an excellent introduction to the sport. You'll sign on, pay a small entry fee (currently £2.50 for NBRC members), and pin your number on: not very much time is spent sorting out the start sheet. At the start, you line up, then when your minute man has started, get ready to start. The timekeeper's assistant will hold you while you clip your feet to the pedals. After a brief countdown, off you go! Make sure you know the course beforehand – our club events aren't marshalled! You are expected to ride solo – if you are caught by a following rider, you must not take pace from him.

    Our 2015 programme of club events can be found here.

    Open Events

    Open events are rather more formal. Details are found in the CTT handbook. You enter by completing and sending an entry from to the organiser, who's details are listed in the handbook, usually no later than 10 days before the event. (Entry forms are available for download at the CTT website, though increasingly event organisers use Internet Entry). Entry fees vary, usually they are around £5 to £10. These events can have as many as 120 riders, and the field is seeded such that the fastest rider starts last. Generally the fastest riders are starting every 10 minutes (a more detailed explanation of the seeding process is to be found in the handbook). These events are marshalled, and often take place on fast flat roads. The course are referred to by cryptic codes, a system dating from when these events were held in secrecy! A brief outline of each course is found in the handbook but is often not much more than an indication of where the course is. A full course description is included on the startsheet, which all competitors receive before the event, and which lists the starting order, prizes on offer, where the race HQ is and what facilities are available.

    Time Trial Bikes

    While you don't need anything special to start time trialling, you'll no doubt spot some of the aerodynamic “funny bikes” some of the faster riders will be riding. These will will feature some or all of the following: aerodynamic handlebars (aka “tri-bars”, and possibly the most significant improvement you can make to the bike); aero wheels (deep rim front, and disc rear), aero seat pins etc. If you're new to the sport, don't worry about all this kit, remember you're riding to improve your best performance, not necessarily to win the event!

    Time Trials Abroad

    While there are opportunities for road racing abroad, the relative lack of overseas popularity for time trialling means there is less opportunity. One exception is the Duo Normand, which is a monster 2-up team time trial event with upwards of 350 two-person teams held in Marigny in Normandy. The Duo Normand home page is here. Over the years several NBRC members have competed in the event. In most years since 2003, Robert Saunders has ridden the Duo Normand and can offer copious advice! 

  • Tony Parks and Robert Saunders rode the Team Salesengine '10' on 4th April. A cold and breezy afternoon made it a little uncomfortable. Robert finished in 22:44 (31st place) and Tony in 23:00 (36th place). Full results here.

    Robert's write-up is at his blog, Flies & Bikes. Next outing is the Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club '25' on the F1B/25. Andy Wickham and Robert Saunders are both riding.

    Photos by Davey Jones