Midlands Time Trial Rankings

In the Midlands we have a way of ranking all the riders who take part in open time trial events. Every time you ride a Midland event (that is, on a course with a code starting with 'K') you are automatically given ranking points according to your placing. If you ride five events in any 12-month period you will be given a category much like British Cycling road race categories. Why not try to progress up the rankings or challenge your clubmates to beat you on points?

Visit the separate website for the latest rankings and for full information about the Midlands Rankings.

 (London East District have started a similar rankings system - see Le League )

 

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August sees three challenging Midlands TT events

A quiet month for open events but quality was there if not quantity...

In July the sun was hot……

.......... and there were five sizzling open events in the Midlands District.

Midsummer in the Midlands

June was a hectic month: seven events to ride from 10 miles to 50 miles.

Midlands Time-Trialling Action in May

The racing season gathers momentum with plenty of events on offer and several Midlands favourites...

Three spring events added to the rankings in April

The calendar told us it was spring but did it feel like it?...

2013 is off to a chilly start!

Snow in the middle of March thwarted the eager early-season riders...

That’s all folks! *

The 2012 time trialling season came to a conclusion in the Midlands with a very busy month in September. No fewer than eight events took place, spread widely across the district. Six of the events were 10s, promoted by Leamington C&AC, Echelon/VTTA, VC Sevale, Wrekinsport CC, Coventry RC and Team Midland. The other two events took place on the same weekend in early September – the classic 36-mile Mountain TT promoted by Speedwell BC and a Princethorpe 25 promoted by Banbury Star CC.

August in the Midlands

With the Worcester St John’s CC promoting a national Rudy Project event on the first weekend in August – a non-counting event for the rankings – that left just three weekends in August during which four open events took place. A pair of 25-mile events was promoted on the 11th/12th weekend: On the Saturday the Princethorpe course was used by the Coventry CC and on the Sunday the Walsall RCC promoted on the A38-based Alrewas-Burton course.

Six Sizzling Events in July

Time triallists in the Midlands had six opportunities to race in open events in July, five of them 10-mile events and the annual 25 promoted by Warwicks RC. The increasingly popular K33/10D course (which starts near Dunnington, drops down to Norton and then passes through Salford Priors before finishing at the Little Chef Island near Alcester) was used three times; by the Bromsgrove Olympique, Echelon Cycles and Birmingham University CC, while two versions of another course which is growing in popularity, the K11/10 on the A45 near Ryton, made up two events promoted by Coventry CC and Rugby RC.

The Birmingham University CC event was promoted as the Midlands TT Championships on a hot, blustery day with medals for all category winners. Congratulations to John Simpkins (Drag2zero), Helen Boatman (Team Milton Keynes) and Tom Ward (Team Echelon-Rotor) who were the Midlands men’s, women’s and junior champions for 2012.

Each month we note riders who have moved up a category because, once a rider has completed five or more events, moving up a category is a clear indication of improving performances. In July four riders have been promoted to a higher category for the first time:

Congratulations to two riders who have moved up from 4th-cat to 3rd-cat, starting with Matt Jones of Rugby RC who was very busy in July riding four of the five 10-mile events in the month. Very consistent performances, all of them ‘short 23s’, ensured that his ranking shot up from 113th to 72nd. Next came Samantha Anderson (Team Jewson) who is constantly improving and who rose up to 3rd cat thanks to her 6th place in the Women’s Midlands Championship.

Tim Hastie (Rugby RC) is a rider who moved from 3rd to 2nd cat at the end of the 2011 and has continued steadily on up the rankings, finally achieving 1st cat last month. 5th and 6th places in the Bromsgrove and Rugby 10s respectively sealed his promotion and his highest ranking ever of 14th in the district.

Finally, achieving the highest category of all, is Karl Moseley (Stourbridge Velo) who has been in the top three consistently in three events in July. He moves up to Elite and is now ranked 5th.

Each month riders also appear in the categories for the first time when they initially complete five counting events. Well done to the following riders who have just appeared in the categories above 4th-cat for the first time this season:

  • Simon Harradine (Team Echelon-Rotor) - Elite
  • Jonathan Sadler (Baines Racing Silverstone) – 1st Cat
  • Jeremy Pile (VC Sevale) – 1st Cat
  • David Dickerson (Team Echelon – Rotor) – 2nd Cat
  • Nick Green (Stratford CC) – 2nd Cat
  • Paul Haslam (Team Midland Racing) – 3rd Cat
  • David Warren (Keepthebeat Cycling) – 3rd Cat
  • Stephen Bull (Beacon Roads CC) – 3rd Cat

Note that every rider can be put into an age category so that they can compare their ranking to others of the same age – but this is only possible if we know your date of birth. Do take a minute to drop a quick message to Steve Lockwood to tell him your DOB if your age category is not already showing.  There is an easy link to do this from the age-category page.

Ruth Eyles

Lots of Change in June!

Six events at a variety of distances were on offer to cyclists in the Midlands in June. The month started with the Worcester St John’s CC 10 on the Seven Stoke course and then came the long-established Shirley 50, on a course which involved two laps from Alcester to Evesham and back. In the middle of the month came the Redditch R&PCC’s 10-mile event on the now-popular K33/10D and on the same weekend the Mercia HBM CC ran their 25 on the A38 passing Burton on Trent. Finally the Hinckley CRC double-header Challenge Weekend took place on the Wolvey 10 and 25 courses. Many riders were active during the month and a bumper crop of six riders have been promoted up a category in June:

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