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Time trialling is a very easy way to start racing. No special equipment is needed, just a roadworthy bike. Time trial races are run over set distances (and some over set times) with riders set off individually at one minute intervals. They are timed from start to finish and the times can be compared afterwards or a rider can compare times from week to week over the same course to see if they have improved or not.
Races are open to riders who are twelve years or older. Riders between the age of 12 and 18 need to fill in a parental consent form with their parents signature giving them permission to race.
There are two classes of time trial race, club and open. Club races are open to all club members (you must be a member of a CTT-registered club). Simply turn up at the start, and sign your name on the list of starters. The time keeper will hand out a number to each rider which is pinned to your back.
Open races are listed on the Cycling Time Trials (CTT) website and are open to riders from any club. Open events usually cost less than ten pounds and have to be pre-entered at least two weeks in advance (six weeks for national events).
Events details and entry are available on the CTT website.
Nottingham Clarion run many club TT events between March and August. A full list of the club events for the season along with results can be found in Club Events
Road racing is a fast and exciting way of competing, testing bike handling, speed and tactical riding in a bunch. Events under British Cycling are categorised by ability, and British Cycling membership and a racing licence are needed (with the exception of 'Go-Ride' events which are aimed at beginners). Riders will start with a 4th category licence as a beginner. To move up categories you must acquire points gained in races. For those wishing to try out road racing, a day-licence can be purchased at some events. Race details and entry are available on the British Cycling website.
A number of club members compete locally and nationally. Our nearest closed circuits are Harvey Haddon Stadium, Nottingham; Mallory Park, Leicestershire; Darley Moor, south of Ashbourne. There are also a number of open road and closed circuit races across the region. An alternative to British Cycling events are TLI races, which stands for The League International, and more information is available on their website www.theleagueinternational.com
Turning left a lot, very quickly. Track riding and racing in the club has always been popular and never more so than now there is a velodrome in Derby. Accreditation is required to race and ride in velodrome-organised training sessions, but club sessions and 'give it a try' sessions are a great way to get started.
Track bikes have a single fixed gear and no brakes. They can be hired from the Derby velodrome + the club has a small number of track bikes that can be lent to riders wanting to get started.
There is a type of track racing for everyone, including bunch races, pursuit and sprints.
The club is very active in cyclo-cross and is well represented in the Notts and Derby Cyclo-cross league (NDCXL) and also in the National Trophy competitions. Riders of all abilities and ages are welcome at the NDCXL races, and can be ridden on a mountain bike if you haven't got a 'cross bike. Entry is on the day, and most venues are within easy travelling distances of Nottingham.
There are separate races for young riders giving them a chance to try bike racing in a safe environment and making cyclo-cross a family day out. The cyclo-cross season runs from about September to February, so be prepared for inclement conditions!
MTB cross country racing is popular in the club, with an increasing number of our members taking part in Mountain Bike events, such as the Midlands XC series which runs from April to August (dovetailing nicely with the cyclo-cross season).
Although not technically racing, sportive riding involves a mass start, a predetermined route, a number to pin on and a time at the end - which sounds like a race to us. Sportives include the well known Etape du Tour and Ride London (where us punters gets to ride some of the routes that the pro's do), but also many more in the UK and Europe.
Multisport events are popular with certain folk within the club, with a number of keen triathlete (swim > bike > run) and duathlon (run > bike > run) competitors.
The Club is not presently affiliated to British Triathlon, but that doesn't stop you racing in club colours and finding like-minded people to train and race with.