Time Trial Events

Time trialling is the simplest of competitive formats: a race against the clock, with riders starting a minute apart. It’s known as the ‘race of truth’ because there’s nowhere to hide, no one to draft behind; just you and the bike.

The beauty of time trialling is that for most people taking part is simply about beating their own previous best personal time and so everyone, whatever level, can be competitive.

The events began historically when racing on British roads was illegal – staggered starts meant that those competing could claim to be “just going about their business” (as quickly as they possibly could). Participants often wore inconspicuous clothing, and courses were given codes, such as “H25/8” to maintain the secretive nature. Whilst the racing is now both insured and legal the use of codes still exist in recognition of the history of time trialling.

Most events are fixed distance, typically 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles. There are also fixed time events – 12 and 24 hours – with the objective being to ride the furthest you can. Courses are on public roads and are either ‘out and back’, using a roundabout to turn halfway, or circuits with consecutive left turns. You can take part on any roadworthy bike except a recumbent.

The minimum age for competitors is 12 years. It is essential that competitors under 18 know the law and the Highway Code, and are competent to ride on public roads alone. All riders under 18 years of age are required to have parental consent on the approved CTT forms. These only need signing once in the season- hard copies will be available at Midweek events or can be printed from the CTT website to save time https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/guardians

WFCRC organise a number of club Time Trial events throughout the racing season. These events are held every Wednesday starting at 19.00h and everyone is welcome no matter what level or ability you are. Cost is £3 for WFCRC members £4 for non-members.  Details are in the events calendar and the club currently use three different courses from week to week.  For 2018 the Midweek Championship awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Scratch
  • Handicap
  • Vets on Standard
  • Road Bike
  • Best under 18

In addition to the Midweek awards club riders can also apply to the club Short BAR (Best All Rounder) and Endurance (BAR).  The format has changed for 2018 and to be eligible riders must submit times at the following distances to qualify.

Short and Endurance BAR award

  • The Short BAR will be calculated from times recorded in any club and open events at 10, 25, & 50 miles. Veterans BAR calculated from average speed against standard
  • The Endurance BAR will be calculated from times recorded in any club and open events at 10,25, 50 and 100 miles. Veterans BAR calculated from average speed against standard

Club 10 Mile TT Championship

The club 10 mile TT championship will be awarded to the rider with best time on the Midweek TT event at Ryeland Lane on Wednesday 18th July 2018

Most local clubs hold similar midweek time trials and information is usually posted on their website and/or Facebook pages.  There are also a range of ‘Open Time Trial events’ that are run by clubs but open to applicants nationally and information on these long with loads of other useful information on time trialling is provided by via Cycling Time Trials –  the National Governing Body for time trials in England, Scotland and Wales. https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk

Wyre Forest is hosting its annual open time trial on the 14th July 2018 at 14.00h on the K46/10 course at Severn Stoke

K8/10T Ryeland Lane

SO 866710 HQ/Parking at Walton Road.  The course is an out and back mainly flat ride on A442 with the turn at the small roundabout at Hampton Lovett just north of Droitwich. Finish is just off the A442 some 200yds in the direction of Ryelands Farm.

K22/14 Pearl Lane

SO 797696 Start and finish on B4194. This hilly course uses the Astley circuit with riders going southwest to the Hundred House at Gt Witley, then a fast run southeast to Holt Heath then north on B4196 through Shrawley, up and over the hill , to rejoin the start by bearing left the B4194 at Astley to finish uphill.

K22/10 Great Witley

SO 757657 HQ/Parking in village hall car park, off A443 in Greatt Witley. This more technical course now has a new start point which is the same as the current finish meaning a tough uphill to begin on the B4197, very fast to Hill Side then left into the lanes, rolling and twisting, until joining the A443 ¾ mile west of Holt Heath. The final stretch then gradually rises all the way to Gt Witley to finish 100yds along the B4197.