Penge CC are running our now traditional club time trial series again this year. Entries are now open and you can take a look at the course details and previous results here.
Our club series is comprised of three events, all using the same rolling 9.5 mile circuit starting and finishing at Cudham recreation ground. Each event will start at 09:00 on these Sunday mornings:
14 May 2 July 10 September
Enter on line now to reserve your place for £5 per event.
The first rider will be launched at 9.00 am, so plan to be at the recreation ground in Cudham half an hour before to sign on, pin your number on and get in the zone. Most people will meet at the shop (SE20 Cycles, Penge) and leave at 7:30 to 7.45 or you can make your own way there.
You can still enter on the day as long as you are a member for the same £5 fee. Your own British Cycling membership covers you for 3rd party insurance to the start and back but during the TT we have to take out separate insurance which covers club members only.
For under 16s we would love to have you riding but we do have to insist on you being accompanied all of the way round by an adult. The course does take us on a short stretch of the main A21 which can be busy even on Sunday morning.
There will be marshals in high-vis jacket on the left turns – please pay attention to them and ride safely.
All time trials sanctioned by Cycling Time Trials use set courses referred to by a code that can be found in the Cycling Time Trials handbook. The one we are using is known as the QS/30 (Q = South East region, S = non-standard distance, 30 = course number, if you must know) from the days when competitive cycling was a clandestine pastime not wanting to draw the attention of the authorities.
The start/finish is adjacent to the Cudham recreation ground car park, just south of the Bricklayers Arms. It’s a rolling course starting with an uphill section. Look out for potholes here. The course takes the first left turning towards Knockholt. Take care loose gravel on the corner. Follow the road through Knockholt and descend Rushmore Hill. Watch out for cars turning right into the garden centre. Take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A21. Left again at the next roundabout to start the climb back to the start/finish in Cudham. Take a look at the route map and profile below.
We even made a video of the course recon ride, with music to take you back a few decades.
New to Time Trialling? Here’s what to expect
You must wear a helmet to take part in our time trial. A flashing rear light is also recommended. Bring safety pins to attach your number.
Please don’t drive if you can help it as parking will be limited. Groups will ride out to the start from SE20 Cycles and you’ll get the chance to have a warm up
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to sign on and collect your number. Fix your number to your shorts (not your jersey) as shown. It’s bright yellow to improve your visibility to motorists.
Riders will set off at one minute intervals. Each rider will be allocated a start time at sign on. If you miss your start time you will have to start after the last rider yet your time will still commence at your allocated start time.
The starter will call you to the start line 30 seconds before your start time. The starter will hold your bike, if you wish, to allow you to clip in. The time keeper will give you a 5 second count down to the start. The starter will warn you if any traffic is approaching and off you go.
When riding the event keep your head up to watch for oncoming traffic. Remember you are on open roads and must obey the Highway Code. Don’t take risks. Pass horses as you would on any other ride- call out to warn of your presence and overtake with plenty of room when it is safe to do so. Pay particular attention to approaching traffic at junctions. It’s a club time trial, not the World Championships. Ride responsibly and remember you are representing the club and our sponsors.
When overtaking other cyclists or the competitor in front call out to let them know you are passing. If you are caught allow the faster rider to pass you. Time trialling is an individual effort and pacing is not permitted.
At the end keep on riding through the finish area so as not to obstruct riders behind. Ride back to the start/finish area and hand in your number. Your time will be posted after the last rider has finished. Groups will ride back to Penge for a well-deserved coffee and cake stop at the Bluebelle Café on Maple Road.
We would love it if the experience encourages you to go on and wear the Penge colours in other time trials. Penge CC is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials, the governing body for time trials in the UK, entitling you to enter any open time trial organised by another club.
Take a look at these websites for more advice on time trialling
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