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Time Trial Mini Meldons
April 26 @ 7:00 pm
Time Trial FAQ’s
- How do I find out what events are on?
- The 2023 events will be posted on the club website along with the routes. https://www.peeblescycling.org/time-trials/
Q.How do I sign up for an event?
A. By mailing firstname.lastname@example.org entries open 1 week before the event. You must supply your name, mobile number and an emergency contact name and number.
- What is the minimum age for riders to enter and can I ride alongside my child?
- The minimum age is 12, and any rider under 18 must have their parents written consent. Parents can’t ride alongside but they can ride behind their children. Just ensure that you can keep up with them to avoid humiliation!
- I’m not a member of PCC, can I enter a TT?
- You can enter two TT’s to see if you like it but thereafter you must join the club.
- PCC is not my first-claim club can I ride a TT?
- Yes you can. The previous 1st claim ruling was changed in May 2022. For further details see https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/scotland/article/20220503-Scottish-Cycling-Club-Confined-TT-Policy-expanded-to-allow-2nd-Claim-Members-to-participate-0
- Do I need a TT bike?
- Not at all, you can use your road bike, with or without extenders.
Q. Is there a cut-off time for entering a TT?
A. Yes 24 hours prior to the event but please help the organisers by giving as much time as possible.
- What is the cost?
- There is no charge, it’s included in your membership.
- What personal safety measures can I perform to protect myself and others?
- It is strongly recommended that riders familiarise themselves with the courses leading up to the event especially given the number of potholes on our roads. Riders must also use a rear light.
- Does entry to a TT include personal insurance?
- Note that the riders themselves are not insured by the confined TT events. For personal insurance which we highly recommend see https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/personalaccidentinsurance
- Do I need to sign-on for the event?
No – the information provided by email upon registration will suffice.
- How do I find-out my start time?
This will be sent to you by email 24 hours before the event.
- How do I find out what my number will be and where can I get it?
You will find out what your number is by email along with your start time. Your number will be laid-out for you at the time keepers car.
- How soon do I need to be at the start line?
- Please be there around 5 minutes prior to setting off. Timing is crucial so please don’t be late. It’s really disrespectful to the time keepers and the riders behind you if you miss or are late for your slot.
- Will there be a riders briefing?
- Advice will be provided by email 24 hours prior to the event and updated if required at the start line.
- How do I find out my finishing time and times of other riders?
- Results will be posted later that evening on the club website.
- How do I find out if an event is cancelled?
- Due to the unpredictability of the weather it’s sometimes necessary to cancel an event. Where possible the decision is made as early as possible if the forecast is grim, but if the weather is very unsettled it’s made as late as possible (sometimes as late as 4pm). Riders will only be notified if the event is cancelled by text or email.
- What if I have to withdraw from an event?
- No problem – just use the same email you used to register but it would be appreciated if it’s at least 24 hours beforehand prior to the start sheet being compiled and the start numbers issued. However, life is unpredictable, and we all sometimes have to work late so if this happens contact by phone or email to say you are running late and we will try and accommodate you on the start sheet even if you need to be set off last.
- Where can I find further information?
Further information can be found at the following websites:
- How can I volunteer to marshal or help time-keep?
- There would be no events without you and your help is hugely appreciated. If you would like to help out please use the same email above for registering for an event.
- What are the rules in respect of the Highway Code?
- Riders must comply with the Highway Code at all times.
All competitors in, or in the vicinity of the event, must observe the law of the land relating to road use. In particular, but without prejudice to the general principles of this Regulation, competitors must:
(a) not ride in a manner that is unsafe either to themselves or to other road users;
(b) ride on the left-hand side of the road except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns;
(c) conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators;
(d) in making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.
The rules must be followed not only to protect ALL people involved but also to ensure that a responsible attitude is seen by the public.
- What are the roles of the marshals?
- Marshals are there to help riders by helping visibility particularly at road junctions. They cannot stop the traffic but they can advise where possible if the junction is ‘clear’. However, the onus is on the rider and it is their responsibility to ensure that they can negotiate a junction etc. safely without impeding traffic or other road users. If instructed by the marshal to stop, the rider must do so.
- What are the rules on drafting?
- Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and not ride in company or take shelter (commonly known as drafting) from other riders or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another must pass without receiving or giving shelter. The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaken.
N.B. Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and not ride in company or take shelter (commonly known as drafting) from another rider or vehicles.
If you should catch up another rider you should try to pass as quickly as possible and must not in any other circumstances ride close behind so that you take shelter from the wind.
You must set your own pace and not use another rider as a pace maker. The onus on avoiding company riding shall be on the rider overtaken.
Nor is it in order to ride alongside and even to ride a few metres behind for any appreciable distance. In the spirit of the sport, caught riders should not disturb the performance of the rider catching them by repassing and/or riding closely behind them, except when they can sustain that move. This is generally considered to mean that the caught rider should allow a reasonable gap to develop of some 30 to 50 yards/metres.
- What if I have a mechanical that I can’t fix or I have a medical issue?
- Riders should be self-sufficient for punctures etc. but sometimes the unexpected happens. Make sure you carry the essentials and a mobile phone with one of the marshals details and we will do our best to assist.
- Why would I want to do a Time Trial?
- Read this article! https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/articles/view/28
- I have never done a Time Trial before – what happens if I actually like it?
Come back next week and see if you can get further up the rankings.
- And what if I didn’t enjoy my first Time Trial?
Come back next week and see if it’s any better.
- I hear that I might actually win a trophy?
- There are a number of trophies available and are as follows:
Female Vet (40+).
Male Vet (40+)
Most Improved Rider (based on previous season).
BAR. Highest average speed over 2 courses – Stobo (10 miles) and Leadburn (25 miles).
Tour of Tweeddale. ‘Almost’ like the TDF – where each course is a ‘stage’ – the winner is the rider with the lowest cumulative time over the 5 courses that are used. Where riders have done the same course several times over the season the lowest time is used. If a rider misses a course completely, an average will be calculated for them.
Carl Lane Memorial Trophy. A new trophy introduced in 2021 and donated by Charlie Brindley. Using both age and gender as matrices, the winner is calculated according to a set algorithm.