Rules and Regulations


RIDING TIME TRIALS (excerpts from CTT and CCS full rules)  

 NOTE: before you take part in any time trial, whether it is an open event or a club event, it is important that you read the following and that you fully understand the rules and regulations. These notes are extracts from Cycling Time Trials Handbooks and Regulations, and CCS Rules. There are additional Regulations regarding Open events.

 1. TIME TRIALS. The minimum distance for a time trial is generally 10 miles, but shorter races are permitted for Club events. There are also 25, 30, 50, 100 mile and even 12hr. and 24hr events, as well as Special distance and Hill Climb events. All Open Events are detailed in the CTT Handbook.

Riders start at one minute intervals, or sometimes more, and cover the course as fast as they are able ALONE and without taking pace from other competitors or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another rider must pass without receiving or giving shelter. The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaking.

2. ENTERING TIME TRIAL EVENTS. For insurance purposes, you must be a member of CCS or another club which is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials. Entry to Club events; We have a pre-booking system; email after 6pm on Sunday and before 6pm on Tuesday before the time trial. On-line pre-payment required after your ride has been confirmed by email, and before the time trial. Please note we have a limit of 40 riders, with CCS 1st and 2nd claim riders taking precedence. If under 18 you must show the organizer a Parental Consent Form.
Entry to Open events is in advance before the closing date for the event (see CTT Handbook or website), either by post on a CTT entry form with the entry fee to the organizer, or on line via the CTT website.

3. MINIMUM AGE. The minimum age for competitors is 12 years. It is essential that young competitors know the Highway Code and are competent to ride on the roads alone, and have the authorization of their parents to complete ( if under 18 years of age) on a consent form, available at events’ signing on.

4. THE BICYCLE. This should be roadworthy. Triathlon bars with forearm supports, and equivalents, may be used. A solid disc wheel may be used at the rear of your bike but must not be fitted as the front wheel. Spoked and composite spoked (tri-spoked) wheels may be used. Use of breakable vessels for food or drinks is prohibited.

5. CLOTHING and HELMETS. Clothing is generally a short or long sleeved top or racing vest and shorts or training bottoms. Bright rather than dark clothing is recommended, for visibility. It is now compulsory (CTT Regulation and CCS rule) for all riders to  wear a hard shell helmet that meets international accepted standards. 

 6. SAFETY AND VISIBILITY. A cyclist is less likely to be seen than a vehicle by drivers of other vehicles, and drivers may think you are travelling slower than you actually are. Think ahead at junctions and roundabouts. Bright rather than dark clothing is recommended. To improve visibility from the rear (as well as identifying the rider) all riders are required to wear a bright fluorescent number on their rear. It is a CCS and CTT rule that all riders must have working front and rear lights, either flashing or constant, fitted to the bicycle in a position visible to other road users, and active while the bicycle is in use. In addition, if you ride in CTT Open time trials, the use of a working red rear light, either flashing or constant, visible to other road users, and active while the bicycle is in use, is compulsory.

 7. OBSERVANCE OF THE LAW. All competitors in or the vicinity of the event must:
Observe the Highway Code and the law.
Not ride in a manner unsafe to themselves or other road users.
Ride on the left except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns.
Conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators.
In making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.

8. COURSES. Whilst Marshals are appointed to assist riders to get round the course, it is the riders responsibility to make sure they know the route to follow in the race. Route maps are displayed at the event HQ.

9. RIDING ON THE COURSE. No warming up or riding on the course (including passing the start) by competitors is allowed once an event has started.

 10. U-TURNS.  U-turns will not be permitted on the course or roads adjacent to the start and finish areas. The rider should dismount, check the road is clear in both directions, then with the machine walk across the road.

11. HEAD DOWN RIDING. Riders must keep a proper look-out at all times. Head down riding can normally result in suspension.

12. DNS. (did not start) and DNF (did not finish). Riders must inform the start timekeeper if they are not going to ride for whatever reason. Riders who fail to finish the course must inform the timekeepers. Riders must not approach the timekeepers to ask for their times until the event has finished.

13. ACCIDENTS,  MEDICAL TREATMENT and DRUGS. If you have an accident during a race, even minor, you must report it as soon as possible. A person may not complete who is knowingly suffering from any disease, mental or physical disorder or is having medical treatment making it unsafe or undesirable to do so: or is receiving medical treatment which could include a proscribed substance.

(see CCS full rules)

 1. QUALIFYING EVENTS will be all the Thursday evening Time Trials organised by CCS in any one season, including Club Championships and Inter-Club competitions.

 2. RIDERS ELIGIBLE to enter the competition will be all paid up first and second claim members. All classes (Vets, Seniors, Juniors, Juveniles and Ladies) will compete in the same single competition.

First and second claim members are eligible for the medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The Evening Points TT Series trophy will be awarded to the highest placed CCS first claim rider.

3. THE WINNER OF THE SERIES will be rider with the higher number of points at the end of the season.  Points will be awarded to individuals as follows:
For each start = 5 points
For each finish = 5 points
For each one second improvement over his/her best time on each course = 1 point
For turning up, then event is cancelled = 5 points
Two-up riders will be awarded start/finish points, but not time improvement points.

4. BASE TIME. A rider’s base time for each year will be his/her fastest time on the course for the previous season increased by an allowance of 3 .5%. Where a rider has no recorded time for a course from the previous season, his/her first ride on each course will become his/her best time.  Base times must be set on reasonably competitive bikes. Base times established on non competitive bikes will be disallowed unless that bike is ridden all year without modification. Full details on the CCS website.

5. MARSHALLING. All CCS riders must marshal at least once minimum per season but twice may be necessary. CCS riders who marshal will receive 30 points for the first marshal duty, 40 points for the second marshal duty.  When a rider cannot meet his/her allocated marshal date he/she may swap dates, provided they tell the organiser first.

6. SIGNING ON. Riders must sign on 20 mins. before the start time.
Any rider arriving after the start sheet has been closed will not be allowed to ride.

7. ENTRY FEE. The following entry fees for the Evening Time Trial Series will apply.
Per season: To be ascertained when we know the length of the season
Per evening: CCs 1st and 2nd claim members:£5.