New Timekeepers Are Needed For The Club
With our schedule of Time Trials expanding again this year, we are looking to train up 4 more members as Timekeepers to give us more flexilbilty over the coming year and beyond. If this is something you would like to do, then please contact the website with your details and I will pass them on.
Looking forward to seeing all of you on Sunday at the Reliability Rides starting at Age UK, Paddock St., Wigston.
Can all Ratae members please bring cakes to help with the catering.
Many thanks - Zoe
Our First Cycling Event of 2015 - Reliability Trials - Sunday 1st February 2015
The Annual Reliabilty Trials over a choice of 20, 47 or 70 miles.
HQ is Age UK, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston. LE18 2AN.
Turn up and ride on the day. Entry is £5.00 per rider.
70 mile - Sign on 8.30am to 9.00am - Start 9.15am
47 mile - Sign on 9.00am to 9.30am - Start 9.45am
20 mile - Sign on 10.00am - Start 10.30am
Refreshment stop at Gilmorton Village Hall for ALL distances.
See the 'Upcoming Events' Section for full details
Organiser is Zoe Nelson-Judd.
Annual Subscriptions are Due
Please make arrangements ASAP for Zoe to receive your 2015 Club subscriptions. It is much appreciated, rather than her having to pursue them !
Cheques should be made payable to 'Ratae Road Club'. First Claim Membership - £14.00. Family - £21.00. 2nd Claim - £7.00.
Our exciting program of cycling for 2015 - 'Something for Everyone'
Starting on the 1st of February with our traditional Reliabilty Trials over a choice of 3 distances.
Continuing in March, with an increase to Four Early Season 10 mile Time Trials, on each Saturday morning throughout the month, on the Gilmorton circuit.
From May, through to the end of July, we carry forward our highly successful Evening Ten Series from last year, a total of six races, plus the Handicap Time Trial and a new Road Bike TT, to be called 'The Leveller'. - Eight evening races in all.
Going into August we have our Open '10' TT followed by the Open '25', both on our traditional A46, Six Hills courses.
In the first week of September we repeat the Ratae Rouleur with a choice of testing routes over 25 or 40 miles.
On three consecutive Sundays In late September and October, we will depart from the traditional single Hill Climb to create a new Three Event Hill Climb Mini-Series on three hills of differing aspects.
All this combined with our Club Rides throughout the year on Wednesdays and Sundays, our Chain Gang rides on Saturdays, Club Nights each Thursday, Individual Training Programs for members and much more, make the Ratae the Club to be with.
All the dates for the above events can now be found in the 'Events' section - Get then in your diary now !
So come and - 'Ride with the Ratae' in 2015 !
March 2015 - Early Season 10m. Time Trials - Gilmorton
For 2015 there will be 4 Saturday morning events, as against the 3 in previous years. 'Blow those cobwebs away'
Details are now in the 'Upcoming Events' section, together with GPS mapping.
Chain Gang - Next Saturday - the 31st of January
Meet at the Car Park, Crow Mills, Countesthorpe Road, South Wigston ( near the canal bridge ) at 9.00am.
( Now using the same route as last year, ie anti-clockwise. ) Should finish by 11.15am ( ish.)
If there are changes to times, routes or other arrangements, they will always be shown here, on Facebook and 'tweeted' to give plenty of notice.
'Ideas' Club Night - 30th October 2014
Many thanks to Alex Hewins for organising and chairing the evening which was very well attended.
The ideas put forward that drew most favour amongst those present were :-
1. A three event hill climb mini-series in October, to replace the existing single event.
2. A Charity Ride to be organised and held by the Club. Skegness was mentioned as a possible destination.
3. A Team Time Trial event on a closed circuit - Mallory Park being a possibility.
4. A 'Road Bike' Evening Time Trial to be held at Gilmorton - plans are already in hand for this.
5. An outing to the new Derby Velodrome.
6. A Treasure Hunt.
There was also discussion on :-
Providing Marshal's for the 2015 events. It is likely that there will be 9 evening TT's and 4 early season TT's at Gilmorton. A Rota system for marshalling is to be considered.
Sunday Clubs Runs - to ensure that there is structure to the Groups before setting off, so as not leave riders behind, and to give everyone a clear indication of the venue for that day and the route being taken.
Jim York informed us that the cost of 'Club Standards' entry for members will be revised for 2015. There will be a single cost of £1.00 for entry of up to 5 distance categories. ( This supercedes the £2.00 for each category set out in the item in green on this welcome page, which also describes how the 'Standards' work). It is hoped that this change will encourage more to participate with the aim of improving their abilities.
If anyone has helpful thoughts on these topics, you may still email the website, they will be gratefully received.
Any Club member who missed the 'Coaching Night' on the 16th of Ocober and wishes to avail themselves of a winter training program, may still contact Alex Hewins through this website.
Club Standards for Members
Each year, the Club organises a competition based on setting target times for individual time trial riders for the usual time trial distances, such as 10, 15, 25 miles etc.
The cost of entry is £2.00 for each distance entered and our Standards Secretary sets a time which is challenging, but perfectly possible for that rider to achieve during the season in either a club or open event.
At the end of the season, the riders who have reached or beaten their target times are awarded a medal. There is then a further challenge to be faced - when the times achieved are compared with the standards set for the individual rider, the Ladder Trophy is awarded to the entrant exceeding his / her standard by the greatest speed margin at any distance.
The Trophy is awarded annually at the end of the season.
Entry forms are obtained from the Standards Secretary, Bill Powell. He attends most of the Thursday Club Nights; otherwise he can be contacted through this website.
FORUM - Cycle Mart - New Category
There is a new Category Heading in the 'Forum' Section for Ratae members who wish to make other members aware of cycling items that they have for sale, or items they are seeking to buy.
This service is intended solely for the bringing together of persons who may have items they wish to sell to each other. Any transactions are to be carried out wholly between the parties concerned.
Note that any posts without a reply will automatically 'fall off'' after 30 days. If you want to keep it on, add a reply / update within that period to reset the clock
There is a disclaimer linked to the new category that absolves the Club from any responsiblity or liabilty arising from any such transactions.
Being a new feature to the website, the new category will be monitored to assess how well it is working.
Use The 'Forum' Page
Others Are ! - Make your Point, Post a Reply or Simply Speak with Others !
To gain access to the 'Forum' page on the website, you will first need to register.
Since the 19th of February 2014, the ability to 'self create' an account has been disabled.
See the 'News' item of that date for details and instructions.
Any queries or request to register - email us through the 'Email Us' facility.