There are still members who have not paid their subscriptions for 2015. - Please let Zoe have them A.S.A.P.
Mike will be at the TT on Saturday, thus giving those attending the opportunity to pay him on Zoe's behalf.
If there is anyone not intending to ride in the March Early Season Time Trials and could offer their help at Gilmorton on any of the four Saturdays, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Sadie or email through the website.
See Amendment below to the 'Chain Gang' arrangements in March
It's Time To Race !
The Countdown is on - - 1 day to go !
Saturday Mornings 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March
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'
Ful details in the 'Events' Section.- HQ at Walton Village Hall - 10.30 Sign-on / 11.00am Start
Course here at : http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6511562
Impsport Cycle Clothing - New 2015 Catalogue
Impsport, our Club clothing supplier, have produced their 2015 catalogue, which includes a new section for 'Custom Clothing'.
We have a 'Link' to their website ( No. 2 on our 'Links' page ) and then the 'Custom Clothing' and 'Club Clothing' can be found on their top menu bar.
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 !
Chain Gang - Next Saturday - the 7th of March
Meet at the Car Park, Crow Mills, Countesthorpe Road, South Wigston ( near the canal bridge ) at 9.00am.
Because of the Early Season Time Trials on the four Saturdays in March, it is likely that fewer riders will be riding the Chain Gang on those days. For those who do want to ride it, it fits in very well with stopping off at Walton Village Hall near the end of the ride for refreshments and to watch the TT.
( 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.