Open Events are time trials that are advertised in the CTT Handbook and website, and which attract cyclists from all over the country. Therefore Open Events require to have a higher standard of administration; this includes riders registering in advance so that a field may be set, and use of the most experienced timekeepers to officiate. There is also a tendency to run these events on the fastest courses available, and hence the field can be large and start times early. To find out more about competing in Open Events, and particularly the Clubs targeted events for the season, then contact our Time Trial Coordinator.
Beds Road Open Events for 2011
|17 April 2011
|9 July 2011
|14 August 2011
|25 September 2011
||1Z/15 N&DCA event
Typical Beds Road Open Events
Slowest 90 + Medium Gear 25 Miles
Open Events held on fast courses are typically restricted to the fastest 120 or 90 riders, historically this made it difficult for those new to the sport to successfully enter the event. This 25 mile event is held on a fast course on the A1, and it is unique in that it is open to the slowest riders. In addition there is a Medium Gear Competition which is open to riders on a machine with a single speed, and a free wheel is allowed. The medium gear riders are normally account for 30 of the 120 field.
Slowest 120 10 Miles
Open Events held on fast courses are typically restricted to the fastest 120 or 90 riders, historically this made it difficult for those new to the sport to successfully enter the event. This 10 mile event is held on a fast course on the A1, and it is unique in that it is open to the slowest riders.
This event was inaugurated during WWII when the profits were used to send Red Cross Parcels to Club Members who were being held in prisoner of war camps. More recently the funds have been given to the Sue Ryder Hospice at Moggerhanger. As a charity event there is no cash prize, and there are no individual winners. Teams of three are formed for the Gentleman and they compete for the Red Cross Shield, and teams of two are formed for the Ladies who compete for the Beatrice Haylock Memorial Trophy.
Every year the Club hosts this event as a part of the NDCA series. The course is on the A600 and is similar to the 1Z/20.5, however it extends only as far as the Esoo Grarage roundabout.
The Northampton & District Cycling Association
The Northampton & District Cycling Association (N&DCA) is an association of local cycle clubs who hold an annual time trial series. The series of 10 Open Events consists of short distance (under 17.5 mile) and medium distance (17.5 - 25 mile) time trials. These are typically held on summer Saturday afternoons, and on rural sporting courses - much like our own Evening League & SPOCO Series. There are awards for best rider, Lady, and a host of prizes for veterans too. The Club actively targets this series, Members have won cash for their racing prowess, and during 2008 the Club managed to come second overall in the association, largely due to mass participation.
The North Middx & Herts Cycling Association
The North Middx & Herts Cycling Association (NM&HCA) is an association of local cycle clubs who hold an annual time trial series. Every 5 years it is Beds Roads turn to organise an event for the NM&HCA.
How To Enter
Select the Event that you want to enter from either the CTT Handbook or website, fill out the entry form and post it to the event organiser along with a cheque for the entry fee (payable to the organiser). Make sure the form arrives not later than two weeks prior to the event. You will then receive by post or e-mail a start sheet for the event, on it you will see that you have a pre-allocated start time, details of the Event Headquarters, and the course description. Turn up on the day in good time, do a reconnaissance of the course, get to the start in good time, ride till you burst, hand in your number at HQ in exchange for a cup of tea, and watch the times go up on the results board. Don't forget to thank the Event Officials as you leave, they are all volunteers who work due to a love of the sport, or are family and friends of someone who loves the sport - without them these events simply would not happen. Shortly afterwards a result sheet will be sent on to you.
Doing Your Bit
Without volunteers to officiate these events they simply would not happen, and it is your duty as a Club Member to help out at one event a year (see the Membership Form). Helping is easy and instruction can be given, typical jobs include: marshalling on the course, placing and collecting the warning signs, maintaining the results board, number runner between results board and finish line, and running the cafe. Remember that you can provide a family member or friend to do this for you, or indeed the warning signs role will not interfere in your competing in the event. All members should contact an event organiser to register their intention to support as early as possible in the season.