Friction & Hydraulics Services Series Open TTs 2021

Best 12 Events from the series. These are Open Events and you need to register in advance.  Visit https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/

Coronavirus – Events can only be held if legislation, Government guidelines and CTT policy permit. Consequently events may be cancelled or re-arranged at short notice. Keep an eye on SCCA Twitter, e-mails from organizers for events you have entered and promoting clubs’ website and social media feeds.

The Series gets off to a belated start now time trialling can finally recommence, but owing to the potential for events to be limited in numbers or prioritised to specific groups; and rules being lifted at different rates on the Welsh courses those unknowns have seen an experimental feel to the construction of the 2021 programme. A record 20 events have been selected, and for the first time a significant number of the non-SCCA events run in Shropshire added. With the fluid situation due to Covid-19 some proposed rounds may potentially have to be dropped or rescheduled based on the law in force at the time. Points will be scored as always, with 100 mile and 50 mile events gaining bonus points. Each rider’s best 12 rounds count in Overall, Women’s, Veteran’s and Junior categories, with separate points awarded in each relevant category.

DateDayCourseDistanceStart TimePromoting Club
02/05/2021SundayD25/202509:00Nova Raiders 
09/05/2021SundayD50/45007:00Mid Shropshire Wheelers
16/05/2021SundayD30/113008:00WCTTCA & SCCA
31/05/2021MondayD100/210006:00Anfield Bicycle Club
02/06/2021WednesdayD310/101019:00Hafren CC 
06/06/2021SundayD25/23T2507:00 Chester Road Club 
13/06/2021SundayD50/3R5007:00WCTTCA 
19/06/2021SaturdayD10/23R1015:00Mid Shropshire Wheelers 
27/06/2021SundayD25/8E2507:00Birkenhead North End CC 
01/07/2021ThursdayD25/24R2519:00Shropshire CCA 
11/07/2021SundayD25/202507:30Mid Shropshire Wheelers
15/07/2021ThursdayD10/81019:00Oswestry Paragon CC 
25/07/2021SundayD100/610006:00SCCA & WCTTCA
07/08/2021SaturdayD10/23R1014:00Nova Raiders 
14/08/2021SaturdayD10/231015:00Wrekinsport CC
21/08/2021SaturdayD25/23T2514:00Fibrax Wrexham RC  
29/08/2021SundayD25/23T2508:00North Shropshire Wheelers 
12/09/2021SundayD315/11509:00Velotik RT 
26/09/2021SundayD25/23T2507:30WCTTCA 
TBCSaturdayK21/18e1814:00Wrekinsport CC

Courses for all events can be found here

Friction & Hydraulics Services Series – how to win

The Friction & Hydraulics Services Series pulls together all solo Open events run by the Association and its member clubs taking place in and around Shropshire. Open events have stricter entry conditions than club events, requiring pre-entry 11-12 days prior to the event at the latest. They often attract riders from outside the County and so the standard is usually higher, and it’s here that you’ll find the longest time trialling distances. Depending on organiser preference entry may be either online via the CTT website, or by post via a paper entry form, also available on the CTT website under the ‘Forms’ dropdown. Clothing regulations are stricter than for club 10’s, so if you are new to Opens a word with an experienced time trialling club mate who will know the regulations is recommended.

The field will normally be seeded, with a formal start sheet and result sheet issued. There’s usually prize money for the best riders in a variety of categories set out by club or organiser preference. The traditional format places the fastest riders on ‘0’ and ‘5’ numbers, whilst the ‘Championship’ format seeds riders from slowest to fastest based upon stated previous best performance over the previous three seasons. An HQ is almost always used, often a village hall or similar, with a good social gathering afterwards for tea and cakes.

Clothing regulations are stricter than for club 10’s, so if you are new to Opens a word with an experienced time trialling club mate who will know the regulations is recommended.

All riders from SCCA member clubs automatically qualify for points, whilst Shropshire-based riders of non-affiliated clubs can also join in by taking out private SCCA membership. For 2021 there are 16 rounds, with bonus points awarded for longer events to encourage riders to stretch themselves. Points from a rider’s highest scoring 10 rounds count towards cumulative positions in each category, with separate points awarded over four categories:

  • Overall
  • Veterans on Standard – for over-40 riders, based on how much a target time is beaten (or missed) by. Standards become more generous with age
  • Women’s
  • Juniors – 12-18 year olds (18 year olds are classed as Juniors for the calendar year their 18th birthday falls in)    

It is thus possible for a rider to meet the criteria to be ranked for different points in as many as three categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze County medals are awarded in each category, with the winners also holding an annual trophy each.

Points are awarded as follows:

  • Standard: 60 points for a win, 55 points for second down to 5 points for finishing
  • 50 miles: 70 points for a win, 65 for second down to 10 points for finishing
  • 100 miles: 80 points for a win, 75 for second down to 15 points for finishing

The Series also incorporates the Top Club Award, with all points from all rounds gained via the Overall category counting towards each club’s tally. The competition for this award is hot, and whilst the fastest riders often contribute big points every rider can assist their club’s cumulative score. For this purpose only points won by private members are excluded. 

Four of the events are County Championships at the ‘Standard’ distances of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, and additional Championship medals are awarded in the same categories shown above for these major events.

A tie results in both (or all) tied riders being awarded the higher points, so for instance two riders tying for runner-up spot in a 10 mile event: both receive 55 points.

Note that from 2020 a fixed or flashing red rear light is COMPULSORY when starting: no light, no ride due to need to comply with insurance conditions.

Guidance note on the CTT website.
https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/guidance