Introduction To Time Trials…

… by Anthony Bee (April 2019)

Come and join in Wigmore CC 2019 time trial events this season, there are so many opportunities to race during the week as the light evenings are now with us.

          The Wigmore TT series comprises of 17, 10-mile events being held every Wednesday evening from the 24th April through to the 14th August, these events start approximately at 7pm. They will be mainly held at the Iwade circuit course (5, two-mile circuits), in addition, a few events will be held at Harrietsham and also the Isle of Grain.

          In addition, for the more serious competitor, there are 30 open events, being promoted by various clubs throughout Kent (Wigmore hosting two of these events this season). These events will be held on Saturdays and Sundays all the way until mid-October.

          For those not familiar with Time Trialing, it is a very simple facet of cycle sport, in that you compete over a set distance (normally 10 or 25 miles, although a few longer events are on the calendar for the endurance specialist). Setting off at one-minute intervals, against the clock, then it’s just down to you to complete the set distance as fast as you can manage, with all the times of the competitors recorded and listed, with the fastest competitor’s time being declared the winner.

          In open events, for every year over 40 years of age you will be awarded a time bonus, set by the Veterans Time Trial Association, so regardless of how old you are, you can still be competitive with the younger riders when your time bonuses are added to your actual time.

          Although time trialling can be considered a solitary sport, it is still in my opinion very sociable, as for example after the evening 10s at Iwade, most riders that have competed that evening will meet up in the Woolpack public house for a well-earnt pint, and if your hungry a curry as well !!. This will then be your opportunity to discuss your ride in detail with your fellow competitors, ie, if it was not so windy on that back straight I would have been a minute quicker this evening, or when I bolt on my new race wheels next week I will definitely beat you !!

Any more information please call
Antony on 07775 922 056

2019 Weekly Time Trial schedule

DateFirst rider/start timeLocationCourseDistance
24/04/20196.45 pmIwadeQ10/2010
01/05/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
08/05/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
15/05/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
22/05/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
05/06/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
12/06/20197pmHarrietsham*Q10/2210
19/06/20197pmGrain (interclub vs Medway Velo)Q10/2410
26/06/20197pmHarrietsham*Q10/2210
03/07/20197pmHarrietsham*Q10/2210
10/07/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
17/07/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
24/07/20197pmHarrietsham*Q10/2210
31/07/20197pmHarrietsham*Q10/2210
07/08/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
14/08/20197pmIwadeQ10/2010
*Any issues with the A20 (e.g., road works, Operation Stack, excessive traffic, etc), the event will be held at Grain on the Q10/24 course with Gravesend on the proceeding Tuesday, starting at 19.15.
17 Events in total.
Best of 8 for Vets and handicap competition.
Best of 8 for Scratch competition.
Best of 10 for overall evening league.

Below are the meeting points for our Club Time Trials.

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Iwade, Sittingbourne [Weekly 10mile TTs]

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Harrietsham, Maidstone [Weekly 10mile TTs]

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Grain, Isle of Grain [Weekly 10mile TTs]

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Challock, Ashford [Open 25mile TT Event]