Ratae - Saturday morning 'Chain Gang' Ride - See you again next Saturday, the 19th of April
9.00am. Crow Mills, Wigston - Countesthorpe Road, South Wigston. Between the canal and river bridge ( near Mill Lane ).
As from the 29th of March, we have changed the route at the end of the ride in order to finish in Wigston, closer to the start.
Instead of turning right at Little Stretton to ride past the Leicester Airport and finish at Stoughton, we will now carry on down Stretton Road into Great Glen, across the A6 and up into Newton Harcourt before taking Newton Lane back to Wigston.
Depending on who turns up on the day, we have the options of running one or two Groups. A steadier group can take the original shorter route through Bruntingthorpe to Shearsby, whilst a faster group can add in the Gilmorton loop before reaching Shearsby. From experience, both groups will then come together between Gaulby and Great Glen. These 'two rides in one' seem to work really well, giving riders two initial options, plus the opportunity to change groups at the 'catch'.
So, if you have had any trepidation about having a go with the main group there is now an option. Take the plunge and see how you get on. You know you want to try !
Any riders from other Clubs or non Club members are welcome to come and have a ride.
This is a great opportunity for those with sporting aspirations to develop themselves.
Any queries - contact Alex Hewins direct, or through the 'email us' facility on this website.
Early Season Time Trials - Number 3 of 3 - Took Place on Saturday the 22nd of March
All the results from the three very successful events can now be found in the 'Latest Results' section.
Our next events are the Evening 10 mile TT series which start at 7.00pm on Wednesday the 14th of May, on the same Gilmorton course. Full details are in the 'Upcoming Events' section and details of how the league will develop and points scored, will appear here in due course.
A big thank you to all who came and rode and to the organisers and volunteers, without whom it would not possible.
We hope to see you all again in May - get the dates in your diary !
Sponsored Bike Ride - Saturday the 26th of April 2014 - Countesthorpe to Rugby and Return - for 'Futures Unlocked'
Kevin Commons is organising a sponsored bike ride for his charity 'Futures Unlocked' which is concerned in the improvement of life opportunities for ex-offenders when they are released from prison.
An item with full details of the Charity and the Event is in the 'Latest News' Section.
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 on 0116 2207844.
Impsport Club Clothing - See 'News' Item on how to obtain our Club Clothing
From Bob Bragg - Time Trial League for 2014
To reply to all who have enquired about a TT league, I can assure them that this currently, is work in progress. We hope to run a number of events, as evening 10's, from May till August. The early season events (3) will still be run during March. We hope to get the details for the league completed by the new year and publicise it to attract riders from all clubs in our region. This will be a trial for 2014 and depending on support it will continue. As the events unfold we hope to learn how to improve the series. We will keep you updated on the progress of this project.
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.
A 'Link' to our Facebook Page is now available in the 'LInks' Section
After a suggestion by a Forum user we now have a 'link' to our facebook page. As it is a closed group the 'link' will take you to a log-in page. Anyone logging-in and being a member of the group, will be taken straight to our page - Ratae Road Club.
Have you had a go at leaving or replying to a post yet ? It is simple, useful, informative and fun.
Any queries regarding using it, then contact Susan Doram or Pete Moss.
Dates For Your Diary - 2014
10 mile 'Open Time Trial - Saturday 9th August 2014
25 mile 'Open' TT - Saturday 27th September 2014
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.