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Resumption of Club Rides - Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Wednesdays and Sundays

 In line with the latest Coronavirus Tier 3 Guidelines, the Ratae R.C. will be restarting its Wednesday and Sunday Club runs, starting on Wednesday the 2nd of December.

 These are being organised both within the restrictions imposed by the Government and the terms of the Club’s own group rides insurance policy.  To ensure that our rides are run on a legal basis you must take note of the following if you intend to join a club run.

 As before these rides are only open to members of the Club and will be arranged through the same dedicated WhatsApp group.  Thus, any member wishing to participate must first apply to Peter Kott to join the Club’s Ratae R.C., 'Le Bon Wagon’ WhatsApp Group.

 All club runs will be posted by the day’s ride leader on this WhatsApp Group, usually two days in advance, and will include details of the departure point and the meeting time, both of which may vary depending on the number of members who wish to ride or any changes to local or national regulations.

 To take part in a ride you must notify the ride leader who has posted the notification. No one should turn up unannounced on the day as this is likely to cause a breach of the law on group meetings.

 Group size will still limited by law to 6 but we will, where possible, run more than one group. To ensure that the ‘Group of 6’ rule is complied with, if there are more than 6 riders on a particular day, you will be allocated to a named group. Once the riding groups have been finalised you will not be able to switch between groups.

 All riders must take personal responsibility for compliance with social distancing etc. and ‘test and trace’ registrations and should carry a mask for café stops. We recommend that you download the NHS COVID-19 test and trace App. for ease of registrations at cafes etc.

 Unfortunately, during the pandemic, Ratae R.C. Club runs will be open to Club members only. We apologise to any friends who have joined us as guest riders in the past and hope that before too long we can welcome you back to “Ride with the Ratae” again.

  Stay safe and keep riding!


Dennis Oram

It is with great sadness that the Club reports the death of Dennis Oram, one of the founder members of the Ratae Road Club and one of its early star riders. Dennis's father Fred was the first president of the Club when it was formed in 1950.

Dennis passed away peacefully on the 22nd of November at his home in Tewkesbury. He leaves his wife Joyce, three children and grandchildren.

It was Dennis's wish prior to his death that after his family, our Club should be next to be informed.

On a personal note, I met him once through my own family connections and what a pleasure it was to meet and speak with him.

I have asked Dennis's son Gerry about keeping the images of Dennis with this post and he told me - "Dad would have liked that "

Below are two images, one is a recent image of Dennis, giving his thumbs up to our Founder's Day kit and the second Dennis (far left), with Curly Pattison. Norman Yeadon and Ian Moore at the first outing of the original strip at a circuit race in Nottingham in the early 1950's.

Update - 24th November.  Dennis's funeral will take place at Cheltenham Crematorium at 11.00am on Monday the 7th of December.  Clearly in the present climate there may be restrictions on numbers or arrangements and these may change again prior to the date.  Anyone with an interest in attending would be best to either contact Gerry Oram direct or email me through the website and I will put you in touch.


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Club Membership Fees - Waived for 2021

Because of the current Covid situation and the consequential loss of much of the Club's cycling program for 2020, the Committee has decided to waive membership fees for 2021.

Thus, all those who are first claim or second claim members, as of the 31st of December 2020, will retain that status for 2021 without the need to pay a renewal fee.

We appreciate the support that our Members provide to us and hope that this goes some way to being an appropriate gesture of thanks.





'Link' to Their 'Live' Article :-

CyclingUK - 'Tips for Socially Distant Cycling' - can be found here :-

CyclingUK - 'Advice and Guidance for Group Cycling' can be found here:-


Our Original Statement re. Coronavirus - 17th March 2020

On the 17th of March, following our Government's advice, the Committee of the Club suspended all official Club activities for the foreseeable future.

This included Club Rides, Club Time Trials and Social Activities.

This decision will be kept under review and we look forward to resuming our activities as soon as the Government's advice allows.

Note - where our activities are governed by an official body, such as the C.T.T. for Time Trial Events, we will and must comply with their rules.

Below are 'guidelines' issued out by the government and other organisations for 'advice and guidance' only.

Until the Committee decide otherwise, there are NO official Club activities.  This of course has relevance to the Club's insurances and other liabilities.

Moreover, please keep in touch with one another during this crisis, the Club is known for its friendship and has good channels of communications between its members.  We encourage our members to make full use of these.

By continuing such contact we can retain the friendly ethos amongst ourselves and even flag up a situation where some support may be needed.

Stay Safe


Rider Insurance Guidance

As guidance for Members of the Club, we strongly advise that riders take out their own insurance for any claims that may be made against them.

The Clubs insurance will only cover injury or damage to a third party on Club or organised rides.

We review insurance issues on a regular basis and recommend that you read the item on insurance in our News Section.  This explains in detail the issues you need to be aware of and how Ratae Members may obtain beneficial premiums through our affiliations



The Leveller Trophies - 2020


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The Winners of The 2020 Leveller Trophies were :-

Lucy Sturgess and Kenny Cliffe

both of Leicester Forest C.C.

The Trophies were presented by Susan Doram, who has recently returned from a two and a half year solo cycle tour of the world.


Winners - Hill Climb Trophies - 2019


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 Left to Right

Peter Kott, Alex Whitmore, Ruby Summer Osborne, Mark Newton.


Personal Best Medals - as a mark of achievement in Time Trials

These medals will be presented to the recipients at the Club Dinner in December.  Because, for many the target in time trialling is to improve their own time against the clock, it is hoped that this new format will encourage both riders already taking part to improve, and also encourage those who have not yet ridden a competitive event, to participate.  See the item in the 'News' Section for full details.



Our  Program of Cycling for 2021 - 'Something for Everyone'

Looking forward to 2021 and hoping that the Covid situation has abated, it is anticipated that our program will be similar to previous years.  There may be changes or additions.

Below is our proposed 2021 program that will be the blueprint for our Events.

Starting on the first Sunday in February with our traditional Reliability Trials, over a choice of three distances 25, 45 or 75 miles.

Continuing in March, with two or more Early Season 10 mile Time Trials on Saturday mornings, using the Gilmorton circuit.  The 'Leveller', a road bike T.T. will be incorporated into one of these Early Season T.T.'s.

In May, June or July we will hold 10 mile Time Trials on the Gilmorton circuit on Wednesday evenings.  One will incorporate the Dave Grundy Trophy.

In this our 71st year, we may be able to celebrate our 70th Anniversary with a Founders Day event that was scheduled for 2020.  If the event takes place it is likely to incorporate a ride with a social function.

Moving on to September, we have our 'Open' 10 mile T.T. on our traditional venue, the A10/13, A46, Six Hills Course.

For our Hill Climb in September, we shall again likely hold our Club Hill Climb Championship over two short climbs, on the same day, based at Smeeton Westerby.

On a Sunday in October we have the Ratae Rouleur, a sportif type event, starting in Wigston, with a choice of testing routes over 25 or 40 miles.

All this combined with our Club rides on Wednesdays and Sundays, throughout the year, our Chain Gang rides on Saturdays, Individual Training Programs for members and much more, make the Ratae the Club to be with.

All the dates and details for the above events will be entered in the 'Events' section in due course.


So, come and ride with the Ratae in 2021.



How it used to be ! - Were these the 'Good Old Days' ?


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Paul Baulch, in the early 1950's, competing in the National 25 mile Time Trial on the A46, Six Hills.  On a wet day he turns at the marshal who is standing in the middle of the road !

No Hi-Vis, nor apparently much traffic in those days !


Club Clothing


The Club uses Kalas as the official supplier of our Club kit.

The kit is ordered on-line by an individual through the Kalas e-shop.  The e-shop is opened periodically when there is a perceived demand for the minimum order that Kalas will accept, to produce the custom kit for us.

The Shop is Currently CLOSED


New members can claim a 20% discount on their first order only by submitting a copy of their receipt to the Treasurer, John Fox who will send the refund directly to them.


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Then enter the password for the Ratae page -   rrc321

Any queries on clothing, contact Peter Kott or 'Email Us' through the website.







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