Official i-Team.cc CTT Standard Distance Club Records:
- Junior Male - David Sinclair : 21:42 : P881/10 : 29 Apr 2006
- Senior Male - Lindz Barrel : 21:22 F11/10 : 21 July 2011
- Youth Female - Caitlin Peters : 22:59 : P881/10 : 11 Jun 2016
To be established / claimed:
- Youth Male / Junior Female / Senior Female / Veteran Male / Veteran Female
- Senior Male - Matt Doe : 56:14 : P885/25 : 2008
- Youth Female - Caitlin Peters : 58:27 : P885/25 : 27 June 2016
- Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 59:03 P881/25 : 05 June 2016
To be established / claimed:
- Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Senior Female / Veteran Female
- Senior Male - Dan Cole : 2:00:02 : G50/50 : 29 June 2014
- Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 2:06:31 : P417 : 17 May 2016
To be established / claimed:
- Youth Female / Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Senior Female / Veteran Female
Please send a PM to Guy Watson if you have beaten any of the above times or have established a new club record in a CTT Event.
Interested in Riding a TT?
CTT time trials offer all abilities an easily accessible way of measuring your performance against others and against your previous performances - with a bit of research on the internet, you'll find that there are a suprising amount of events availble for you to take part in:
- Link For CTT South DC course and events, including all local club events
- Link for National CTT Open Events
- Training for Time Trials
What are CTT Time Trials?
CTT Time Trials are a uniquly British institution, the events began when racing on British roads was illegal. Staggered starts at 1 minutes intervals meant that those competing could claim to be “just going about their business” and participants often wore all black clothing to be as inconspicuous as possible.
What does 'P901 or G50/50' mean?
Because racing on a public highway was illegal until 1960, courses were given codes, such as “G50/50” to maintain a secretive nature, so only those 'in the know' would know where the event was taking place. Because the codes were never changed to be more user friendly, (e.g. 'A3 - Liss - Liphook - Liss') - an element of mystery still exists around where CTT events take place. Thankfully the courses are now listed and easily discoverable on the main CTT website and the excellent CTT South website
Where do I Start?
Many clubs organise a weekly evening club time trial during summer months. Club events are open to all including non-club members and are a gateway into the sport of cycling. Events vary offering something for every rider, from courses on quiet country lanes to busy dual carriageways. Weekly courses are often 10 miles long, riders just arrive at the agreed time, pay £3, before being given a number which signifies what time they will start their race. The day and time is usually stated on the promoting cycling club’s website - so do a google search of cycling clubs in your area. If you want to specialise in CTT Time Trails, there are also 'Open' events. For Open events. you need to be a member of a club that is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials and enter the event about 10 days in advance.
Do I Need a Special Bike or Special Equipment?
All you need to start with is a serviceable bike and a helmet. In it's purest form, a Time Trial is about beating your previous personal best time, or beating a rival, with an effort that was better what you have managed perviously. However, for the same effort, a rider can go faster with a more aerodynamic bike - so you will see riders with expensive bikes who are on a mission to see how much time they can save with aero lightweight equipment.
What's it Like to Ride a CTT Time Trial?
It’s best to arrive at the event HQ about 1 hour before your event – giving you time to change, get your number, and use the toilet (multiple times) – then get to the start. which may be a few miles from the actual H.Q. MAke sure you have a chat to the organiser and other riders - tell them you are new to the sport - everyone should be more than wiling to help.
Once the rider before you has been set off, you’ll be called forward and given the option of either being held up, with your feet in the pedals ready to go, or you can choose to start yourself.
A time keeper, (probably a rather elderly individual, who was once a lot faster than you are!) will tell you when you have 30 seconds before your start, then 10, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: GO! At this point – you’ll either push on the pedals, and go, or clip in and go. For about 30 seconds you will be full of adreneline and will probably be going a lot faster than you can sustain for the distance - this is normal for most people! You may get caught by someone who started behind you, or you may catch someone who started in front of you - whatever happens you must not draft behind another rider - that's cheating - this sport is all be about unassisted individual effort.
Make sure you keep your head up and look ahead, obey the highway code, and don't take risks on corners etc. that your skills cant match.
Once you’ve completed the course, try and shout your number out as you pass the finish the time keeper, then roll back to the event HQ – where, you'll have quite a bit in common with about 50 others who will have taken part.
You'll soon learn that Time Trials are all about pace judgement and maintaining as high a constant power output that you can over the distance - it takes practise!
CTT time trials are similar to the Olympic Time Trial discipline in many ways, but unlike being the 'Race of Truth,' you will discover that sometimes, the biggest factor in how fast a competitor goes is how busy the course is with traffic! Each car or lorry that passes a rider disturbs the air that the rider is trying to push through, this results in the rider going faster than they would if the road was traffic free.
Some competitors will actually travel many miles to seek out the busiest courses to set a 'traffic assissted' personal best time - this is a long way from the spirit with which the sport was founded, when legends like Frank Southall and Ray Booty set the standards - but it's an option open for you to explore if you like that sort of thing! The key thing to remember, if you discover that other riders finished an event with a PB that's faster than yours, it could be that they finished a long way down on the winner in a very fast 'traffic assisted' event.
Edited by Guy_Watson