A New Design for Club Clothing for 2016
It has been decided that there will be new design for our Club clothing for the 2016 season and a working party is being set up for this purpose.
It is likely that the colours will revert away from the lilac and back to the purple, red and white, which were the colours prior to the current design.
If anyone, particularly new members, wish to race in Club clothing but do not wish to purchase the current design, then contact the website and I will try to source an appropriate garment.
Our Next Events
The Ratae Road Club 'Evening Ten Series' - Time Trials at Gilmorton during May, June and July
Starts - Wednesday the 13th of May
Full details of the six dates and times are in the 'Upcoming Events' section.
NOTE - The HQ for the first four events will be the Gilmorton Chandler Primary School, Church Lane, Gilmorton. LE17 5LU, before then returning to Walton Village Hall.
The Series competiion is open to all riders, whether members of a Cycling Club or not. The cost of entry to each event will be £4.00 ( to include the CTT levy ). In addition, riders who are not members of a Cycling Club, affiliated to the CTT, will need to pay a one day club membership fee of £1.00, for insurance purposes.
There will be 6 rider categories, an award will be made to the winner of each category. The categories are for Senior Men, 18 yrs. (but not a 'Junior') - 39 yrs., Senior Ladies, 18 yrs. (but not a 'Junior') -39 yrs. Junior Men ( Those, up to and reaching 18 years of age during 2015 ), Junior Ladies ( Those, up to and reaching 18 years of age during 2015 ) and Vets. There are two separate Vets. titles, one for men and one for women.
Remember that the Events are open to all. If you just wish to challenge yourself or ride for fun - you are very welcome.
A points system from each trial will decide the category winners. Riders will have to compete in a minimum of 4 events to be considered for the Series titles. Anyone competing in more than 4 events will have their best 4 scores added together to make up their final total.
The points scored in the two Vets' Categories are adjusted for age against the VTTA 'Standard Times', in effect an age handicapping system. There is an article in the 'Latest News' section setting out how this operates.
The Rules and Terms of the Series are now in the 'Latest News' section.
Note that the wearing of Helmets is mandatory and the use of a rear light is strongly advised.
This promises to be an exciting, inclusive and prestigious local Series. We hope to see you in May - get all the remaining dates in your diary !
Is now open and available for 'taster' sessions and a Track League is in the process of being organised. There is an accreditation process to be gone through before a rider is allowed to race on the track.
The telephone number for enquiries and bookings is 01332 640011.
Their website is at : - www.derby.gov.uk/derbyarena
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 2nd of May
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.