2017 time trial series

Here are the times and dates for this year’s time trial series, which we’re running jointly with Scarborough Paragon. They’re most on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings from April to August, with the odd event on different night where it’s part of the interclub series.

As usual, it’s £3 per rider per event, payable on the night, and you need to sign on at least 15 mins before the start (the times listed below). You can take part on any roadworthy bike except a recumbent or an electric bike.

09.04.17, 09.00, Brompton 10, SPCC host
16.04.17, 09.00, Snainton 10, RCC host
23.04.17, 09.00, Hackness 10, SPCC host
27.04.17, 19.15, Snainton 10, RCC host
04.05.17, 19.30, Malton 10, SPCC host
11.05.17, 19.15 B’ton Flem’g 10, RCC host
18.05.17, 19.30, Malton 10, RCC host, interclub
25.05.17, 19.15, Irton 25, SPCC host
30.05.17, 19.30, B’ton Flem’g 10, Brid host, interclub
04.06.17, 09.00, Forge Valley Mt17, SPCC host
08.06.17, 19.15, Snainton 10, RCC host
14.06.17, 19.30, Malton/Slingsby, 10, MW host, interclub
22.06.17, 19.15, Irton 25, RCC host
25.06.17, 09.00, Wykeham HC 4, SPCC host
29.06.17, 19.15, Snainton 10, Clarion host, interclub
02.07.17, 09.00, Forge Valley Mt24, SPCC host
06.07.17, 19.15, Brompton 10, RCC host
13.07.17, 19.15, Snainton 10, SPCC host, interclub
16.07.17, 08.00, Irton 50, SPCC host
20.07.17, 19.15, Hackness 10, RCC host
27.07.17, 19.30, Malton 10, SPCC host
03.08.17, 19.00, Irton 25, RCC host
10.08.17, 19.00, Snainton 15, SPCC host
17.08.17, 19.00, Snainton 10, RCC host
24.08.17, 19.00, Dunslow 5, SPCC host
03.09.17, 09.00, Snainton 2-up 10, SPCC host
24.09.17, 14.00, Windings HC, SPCC host

There will be a number of competitions running throughout the season.

Handicap competition.
This will take place at the 7 solo events at Snainton (some of which are also interclub events). Everyone from RCC who competes will be given a handicap by me. That’s a time bonus (or occasionally penalty, if you’re really fast) based on your previous form on this course. The first five finishers, on handicap time, get points (5, 4, 3, 2 or 1). At the end of the season, the points are added up in your best five handicapped events. It’s worth doing all the events at Snainton that you’re able to if you’re going for the points, as even though only five will count, you can then afford to drop points in a couple. Having said that, it’s quite possible to win this competition with only four rides. It’s possible (although less likely) to win it with three rides. Note that because your handicap will also depend on your bike, you can win this series on a mountain bike, having never raced before. You’re actually more likely to do well if you haven’t raced before, as your times will come down faster as you improve. In the unlikely event that there’s a tie on points at the end of the season, the winner will be decided by the fastest 10-mile handicap time achieved.

Time trial champion.
There are three competitions – Overall, Women, and Junior (under 18). You’re eligible for any competition that you qualify for, so a junior woman could theoretically win all three trophies. This isn’t very likely, although it’s fairly plausible that a strong junior could also win the women’s trophy, or that a fit male junior could also win the overall. We’ll see. It hasn’t happened yet. All three competitions are based on average speed. Your fastest FIVE events will averaged out. Highest average speed wins.

There are some restrictions for counting events:
– at least one of them must be a hilly TT (which means Hackness, Burton Fleming, the Mt17 or the Mt24)
– for the Overall, at least one must be a 25
– no more than one counting event (although you don’t have to ride there at all) may be on the Malton/Pickering course (which is a bit faster)

So it’s possible to qualify for these competitions with just five rides, although the more rides you do, the more you increase your chances of doing a flyer. Last year the requirement was only four rides, but I reckon that the bigger calendar makes five rides a viable amount. All you need to do is ride five events, one of them hilly – and, for the Overall, one of them a 25.

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