Constitution, Rules and Regulations
as at February 2014
The VTTA is the National Authority promoting Time Trialling for cyclists who are 40 years of age and older.
All VTTA events are open to any cyclist of 40 years of age and older and shall be conducted in accordance with Cycling Time Trials (CTT) or the Scottish Cyclists' Union (SCU) Regulations.
2.1 The Association
2.1.1 The name of the Association shall be the VETERANS TIME TRIALS ASSOCIATION. Membership shall be open to all cyclists who are 40 years of age and older.
2.2 Management of the Association
2.2.1 The management of the Association shall be vested in an elected National Executive Committee (NEC) consisting of a President and Chairman, Treasurer, Recorder, Records Secretary, Awards Secretary, Editor and Adverstising Secretary, Webmaster, Membership Secretary, and up to five Committee members.
2.2.2A National Secretary may be appointed at the discretion of the NEC to manage the day-to-day business of the VTTA in accorance with the instructions of the NEC.
2.3 National Executive Committee Meetings
2.3.1 The NEC shall meet quarterly, or as required, to transact the affairs of the VTTA. Five members shall form a quorum. In the absence of the Chairman, an officer of the Committee shall be elected to take his/her place on the day. Any member of the Committee who is absent from three consecutive meetings without prior arrangement shall be deemed to have resigned from the committee who shall have the power to fill the vacancy.
2.3.2 Any VTTA member may attend and speak at NEC meetings, but may not vote. (The Chairman may decide that agenda items are not appropriate for open discussion and these items will be taken in private session with only NEC members in attendance.)
2.4 Powers of the National Executive Committee
2.4.1 The NEC shall have the power to appoint/dismiss a National Secretary and to determine the renumeration required. The National Secretary shall be co-opted as a member of the NEC and have full voting rights but need not be a member of the Association.
2.4.2 The NEC shall have the power to co-opt additional members in order to carry out tasks necessary for the smooth running of the Association. These members will have the same voting rights as other NEC members.
2.4.3 The NEC shall have the power to appoint sub-committees that shall prepare minutes of their proceedings. These shall be read at the next meeting of the NEC and duly recorded in the books of the VTTA.
2.4.4 The NEC shall have the power to take such steps as may be deemed necessary to carry out the programme of events for the current or following season.
2.5 NEC Expenses
2.5.1 NEC members may claim reasonable expenses (as agreed by the Committee) for attending meetings.
2.6 Duties of National Officers
2.6.1 The National Secretary shall take, or cause to be taken, minutes of all National meetings. The National Secretary shall carry out the duties defined in the National Secretary Job Description. The contents of the National Secretary Job Description may be ammended as necessary by the NEC.
2.6.2 The National Treasurer shall keep, or cause to be kept, proper Accounts of the monies of the VTTA. Such monies shall be kept in the name of the VTTA in a Joint Stock Bank. No monies shall be withdrawn except with the sanction of the NEC. All cheques must be signed by any two of the current officers as follows: the National Treasurer; the National Secretary; the Chairman; the Editor.
2.7 Financial Year
2.7.1 The VTTA's financial year shall commence on 1st November and end on 31st October, after which date the National Treasurer shall prepare a Balance Sheet and Accounts for the year. An Auditor elected at the previous AGM will audit these. The Balance Sheet and Accounts shall be submitted to the NEC for approval and subsequent presentation to the AGM for ratification.
2.8 Formation of Regional Groups
2.8.1 The VTTA shall be divided into Groups as may be necessary.
2.8.2 The minimum number of members to form a Group shall be ten. The NEC shall have the authority to sanction the formation of a Group with fewer than ten members if they consider the circumstances are justified.
2.8.3 A member shall have the right to choose the Group to which he/she wishes to be attached. A member wishing to change from one Group to another shall give one month's notice to the National Membership Secretary who shall advise the Group Secretaries concerned and the change shall be effected as soon as possible.
2.8.4 All Groups shall affiliate to their local District Council of CTT, except for the Scotland Group which shall affiliate to the SCU.
2.8.5 Each Group shall elect its own officials for the purpose of local administration and the observance of the National Rules and Regulations.
2.8.6 All Group officials shall act in accordance with the instructions of the NEC.
2.8.7 Where Groups are not self-supporting the NEC may, when it is deemed necessary, afford financial support.
2.8.8 Each Group shall be run as a club, hold an AGM and make such extra rules and arrangements for the running of the Group as may be considered necessary, provided they do not conflict with the National Rules and Regulations of the VTTA.
2.8.9 Each Group Committee shall have the authority to suspend and/or expel a member for conduct considered detrimental to the VTTA. Such suspension/expulsion to be confirmed or reversed by a subsequent general meeting of the Group Membership.
2.8.10 Copies of the Minutes of all meetings (signed by the Group Chairman and Secretary) shall be available for submission to the NEC.
2.8.10 Each Group shall consider the Agenda of the National AGM, as issued by the National Secretary, in order to mandate its delegates on proposals on the Agenda.
2.9.1 The annual subscription shall consist of two parts, payable together.
- A National subscription which shall include the cost of The Veteran and will be determined annually at the National AGM.
- A Group subscription which will be determined annually at the Group AGM.
2.9.2 The combined subscription for any member is payable on election and on 1st January of each year thereafter, except that new members elected after 30th September in any year will be entitled to the privileges of membership until 31st December of the following year.
2.9.3 An applicant for membership must complete the prescribed form and submit it with the appropriate subscription to the Secretary of his/her chosen Group or using the VTTA website. If the applicant is not elected, the subscription will be returned.
2.9.4 Where one member of a household is a member or Life Member, other members of the household may join at a reduced rate to be determined annually at the National and Group AGMs as appropriate. Such members will have the same rights and privileges as other members but will not receive personal copies of VTTA publications. This will be referred to as 'joint membership'.
2.9.5 A member who has not paid his/her subscription by 31st March in any year shall forfeit all rights and privileges of membership.
2.9.6 Within four weeks after the end of each quarter, the Group Treasurer shall forward to the National Treasurer all National subscriptions received during the quarter together with a statement of accounts. For the purpose of these Rules, quarters shall consist of the three-month periods ending 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
2.9.7 Where the National Treasurer has received any Group subscriptions in the previous quarter, he/she will prepare a statement of account detailing the Group subscriptions received and forward these to the Group Treasurer within four weeks after the end of each quarter or within two weeks of receipt of the items specified in Rule 2.9.6, whichever is the later.
2.10 Categories of Life Membership
There are three types of Life membership: Life Membership; Honorary Life Membership; and Distinguished Life Membership.
2.10.1 Life Membership
A member who has completed ten years' continuous membership may apply to his/her Group for Life Membership of the VTTA.
The fee for Life Membership for individual members will be £50. The fee will include the cost of an annual Handbook, but will not include the cost of The Veteran which, if required, will be charged at a rate determined annually at the National AGM.
Joint members applying for combined Life Membership shall pay the same as a single member plus one third of the appropriate fee.
Twenty-five per cent of the Life Membership fee shall go to the member's Group, the rest to the National Treasurer.
2.10.2 Honorary Life Membership
Honorary Life Membership will be granted to any member over 80 years of age and older who has been a member of the VTTA for over 25 years and will include receiving copies of The Veteran free of charge.
Where the Honorary Life Member holds a joint membership, the other partner may remain a member in his/her own right for an annual individual subscription less the cost of The Veteran as charged to Life Members. They will not receive an additional copy of The Veteran.
2.10.3 Distinguished Life Membership
Distinguished Life Membership may be awarded to members who, in the opinion of the NEC, have rendered singular and meritorious services to the VTTA. Distinguished Life Members will receive copies of The Veteran free of charge.
Where the Distinguished Life Member holds a joint membership, the other partner may remain a member in his/her own right for an annual individual subscription less the cost of The Veteran as charged to Life Members. They will not receive an additional copy of The Veteran.
2.11 National Annual General Meeting
2.11.1 All VTTA members are entitled to attend the National AGM where they may speak, but they are not entitled to vote unless they are delegates for their Groups.
2.11.2 Those entitled to vote at the National AGM shall be:
- two delegates representing each Group plus a further delegate for every 100, or part of 100, members in excess of 200; and
- two delegates representing the NEC.
2.11.3 Voting at an AGM shall be by a show of hands unless the meeting demands that a ballot is taken. The Chairman shall have only a casting vote.
2.11.4 When a Group is not represented, any proposal tabled by that Group on the Agenda will be withdrawn by the Chairman.
2.11.5 The National AGM shall elect annually a President, who may hold office for not more than five years. Nominations must be submitted to the National Secretary not later than 21st November for inclusion in the Agenda and publication in The Veteran. The AGM shall also elect the NEC for the ensuing year.
2.11.6 Not less than 14 days' notice of the AGM shall be given in The Veteran, on the website and sent to Group Secretaries who shall furnish the names of their delegates to the National Secretary as soon as they have been appointed. A copy of the agenda of the meeting shall be published in the current issue of The Veteran and also sent to Group Secretaries and delegates. Fifteen delegates and/or ex-officio members shall form a quorum.
2.11.7 Motions for the National Annual General Meeting can be submitted only by:
- the NEC; and
- Groups – providing the motion has been agreed by a majority at the Group AGM.
Such motions must reach the National Secretary not later than 21st November of the respective year.
2.11.8 Any matter not on the National AGM Agenda may be brought forward without notice provided that it does not involve the alteration of any rule or regulation and subject to the consent of two-thirds of those present and voting.
2.11.9 A special meeting may be called by the NEC or, alternatively, by the National Secretary on receiving a request signed by 25 members. All members entitled to attend shall receive 14 days' notice of the special meeting with a copy of the agenda stating the special business to be transacted.
2.12 Alterations to Rules and Regulations
2.12.1 No alteration or addition to these Rules shall be made except with the consent of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting at the AGM or at any special meeting for this purpose. Alterations or additions to Regulations at such meetings will be decided by a simple majority.
3.1 Time Trials Regulations
3.1.1 All VTTA time trials shall be run in accordance with the rules and regulations of CTT or the SCU. VTTA time trials will be Type A events: either "Open", "Semi-open" or "Association", as defined in the CTT regulations.
3.1.2 Any member wishing to enter a time trial shall submit to the Event Secretary a standard CTT (SCU in Scotland) entry form, properly completed.
3.1.3 In all VTTA events, only VTTA members will be eligible for any of the awards made on Standard.
3.1.4 Only first-claim members of a club are eligible for team awards in events promoted by the VTTA.
3.1.5 Overall prizes in all VTTA events shall be decided on the basis of the official VTTA Standard Tables. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organiser.
3.2 Regulations for Standard Awards
3.2.1 Standard Awards will be awarded for rides at 10, 15, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles, 12 hours and 24 hours based on the VTTA Standard Tables. 12 hours and 24 hours distances shall be shown to two decimal places.
3.2.2 Any VTTA member may attempt to gain VTTA standard medals in any Open, Semi-Open or Association event authorised by CTT or the SCU. Events that are eligible for Standards shall also be eligible for Records, Best All Rounder Competition (BAR), Three Distance Competition, Short Distance Competition and Trophies.
3.2.3 Applications for standards may be made as follows:
- A single attempt at any distance or time on one type of machine (i.e. bicycle, tricycle, tandem bicycle or tandem tricycle) in a nominated event.
- Any number of attempts in the same season at any one distance or time on one type of machine.
- Any number of attempts per season at all distances or times on one type of machine.
3.2.4 Riders making any type of attempt listed in Regulation 3.2.3 must give notice direct to the Group Recorder. This notice, which must be accompanied by the appropriate fee (see Regulation 3.2.5), must be received by the Group Recorder at least two days before the date of the event. Riders who have paid bulk fees as per Regulations 3.2.3 (b) and 3.2.3 (c) need not notify the Group Recorder of their intention to ride in a particular event.
3.2.5 Each Group shall be allowed to determine its own standard ride entry fees. Payment of one fee does not cover two types of machine.
3.2.6 Only one award for a ride at each distance will be made during any one year, but there is no limit to the number of attempts that may be made.
3.2.7 Claims for Standards must be submitted to the Group Recorder at the end of the racing season or not later than 31st October. A rider must have a minimum of four medals to qualify for a plaque in lieu.
3.2.8 Each VTTA Group may elect to have either Standard or Actual times engraved on Standard Medals/Plaques.
3.2.9 Once a rider has gained a Standard Award, the rider must improve their previous best plus or minus against Age Standard in order to obtain another award in a later age group. However, a rider may elect not to count any rides done more than three years before if they have not received a Standard Award on that machine at that distance during that period.
3.3 Regulations for Age Records
3.3.1 Road record rides will be recognised only when achieved in events authorised by CTT or the SCU, timed on watches complying with the requirements of those bodies and run in conformity with their regulations.
3.3.2 Record Certificates are awarded for rides at 10, 15, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles, 12 hours and 24 hours to riders of solo bicycle, solo tricycle, tandem bicycle or tandem tricycle (Men, Women and Mixed) in any Open, Semi-Open or Association event authorised by CTT or the SCU.
3.3.3 The VTTA also recognises Indoor and Outdoor Track records on solo bicycle and tandem bicycle at the following distances: 5, 10 and 25 miles; 1 hour; 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 km. Records in the VTTA Handbook are as at 31st October of the previous year.
3.3.4 A claimant for any records must be a paid-up member of the VTTA at the time of the ride.
3.3.5 No record will be considered if a better time or distance has already been achieved by a record holder of a greater age.
3.3.6 Claims for records will be for the period from 1st November to 31st October and must be made to the National Records Secretary not later than 31st October of the current year giving full details of the event together with a printed copy of the official result sheet or an electronic version of the result sheet. In the event of a discrepancy between a printed result sheet and an electronic copy, the printed result sheet will take precedence.
3.4 Regulations for National Championships
3.4.1 National Championships will be promoted on behalf of the NEC at 10, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles, 12 hours and 24 hours. The dates of all National Championships will be published in the VTTA Handbook.
Note added at the Annual General Meeting in 2015:
'The National Committee will promote the Association's National Championships at 10, 25, 30 and 50 miles.
Championships at 100 miles, 12 hours and 24 hours to be promoted by Groups or in conjunction with events listed in the CTT calendar and at the behest of the National Committee.'
3.4.2 To be eligible for Championship awards, riders must be paid-up VTTA members at the closing date for entries. Riders who are aged 39, but who will be aged 40 by the day of the Championship, may apply to the National Membership Secretary for their membership to commence on their 40th birthday. If their application is accepted, they will be eligible for Championship awards.
3.4.3 Each of the seven Championships will incorporate men, women, bicycles and tricycles. Where the event is run by a VTTA Group and it is oversubscribed, acceptance of entries shall be in order of best on Standard with preference given to VTTA members.
3.4.4 The rider with the biggest plus overall will be declared the National Champion.
3.4.5 Medals will be awarded to the first three riders overall on Standard. The first on Standard will receive a gold medal and a Championship jersey. The second on Standard will receive a silver medal. The third on Standard will receive a bronze medal.
3.4.6 Teams will consist of three first-claim members of the same club. The Team with the biggest cumulative plus on Standard will be the Championship Team and a medal will be awarded to each member of the team.
3.4.7 Tandem Championships will be run in conjunction with the solo Championships and the pair with the biggest plus on Standard will be the Tandem Champions and will receive VTTA gold medals.
3.4.8 All VTTA awards will be made regardless of the number of entries and irrespective of any prizes given by the promoting Group.
3.5 Regulations for the BAR Competition
3.5.1 A Best All Rounder competition is promoted annually by the VTTA and is open to all its members. Eligible rides must be done in events authorised by CTT or the SCU and shall be over 25, 50 and 100 miles and 12 hours.
3.5.2 The closing date for eligible events to count will be 15th October.
3.5.3 The BAR competition will be based on the rider's cumulative plus from all four events. The rider's plus or minus times for 25, 50 and 100 miles will be calculated from the Standards Tables.
Each rider's 12 hour distance will be converted to a 'plus or minus time' equivalent to completing 200 miles using a Standards table for a 200 mile event that is based on the same principles used for the other new Standards Tables.
The plus or minus times for the four events will be added together proportionately, i.e.
- the plus or minus time for 25 miles;
- the plus or minus time for 50 miles divided by 2;
- the plus or minus time for 100 miles divided by 4; and
- the equivalent 12 hour 200 miles plus or minus time divided by 10.
The rider with the greatest combined plus or minus will be the winner of the Best All Rounder Competition.
3.5.4 Claim forms, supported by printed copies of official result sheets or electronic versions of the result sheets, must be sent to the Group Recorder for verification. The Group Recorder will then send the verified claim form to the National Recorder to arrive not later than 31st October of the current year. In the event of a discrepancy between a printed result sheet and an electronic copy, the printed result sheet will take precedence.
3.5.5 BAR Certificates shall be presented to all riders completing the four distances. Tandem riders who complete all distances with the same partner are eligible for certificates, but not for any other awards. The winner of the BAR will receive a VTTA gold medal, the second will receive a VTTA silver medal and the third will receive a VTTA bronze medal.
3.5.6 Club teams shall consist of three first-claim members of the same club. Group teams shall consist of six members of the same Group. Certificates will be awarded to each member of the winning teams.
3.6 Regulations for the Three Distance Competition
3.6.1 A Three Distance Competition will be promoted annually over 25, 50 and 100 miles.
3.6.2 The Three Distance competition will be based on the rider's cumulative plus or minus from all three events.
Each rider's plus or minus times for 25, 50 and 100 miles will be calculated from the Standards Tables.
The plus or minus times for the three events will be added together proportionately, i.e.
- the plus or minus for 25 miles;
- the plus or minus for 50 miles divided by 2 and
- the plus or minus for 100 miles divided by 4.
The rider with the greatest combined plus or minus will be the winner of the Three Distance Competition.
3.6.3 All other conditions of qualification to this competition shall be those of the BAR Competition. Awards shall be the same as for the BAR Competition.
3.7 Regulations for the Short Distance Competition
3.7.1 A Short Distance Competition will be promoted annually over 10 and 25 miles and shall be twice over 10 and 25 miles, giving four events in total.
Each rider's plus or minus times for 10 and 25 miles will be calculated from the Standards Tables.
The plus or minus times for the four events will be added together proportionately, i.e.:
- the plus or minus time for the fastest 10 multiplied by 2.5;
- the plus or minus time for the fastest 25 multiplied by 1.0;
- the plus or minus time for the second fastest 10 multiplied by 2.5; and
- the plus or minus time for the second fastest 25 multiplied by 1.0.
The rider with the greatest combined plus or minus for the four events will be the winner of the Short Distance Competition.
3.7.2 All other conditions of qualification to this competition shall be those of the BAR Competition. Awards shall be the same as for the BAR Competition.
3.8 Entry to, and Claims for, the BAR, Three Distance and Short Distance Competitions
3.8.1 There are no entry fees for the BAR, the Three Distance and the Short Distance Competitions. Claims for one, two or all competitions must be made on the current National BAR, Three Distance and Short Distance Claim Form.
3.9 Meritorious Award
3.9.1 The C. W. Cooke trophy is awarded annually to the rider whose performance is considered by the NEC to be the most meritorious during the season. Nominations from Groups should be received by the National Secretary no later than 21st November.
3.10 Bricknell Memorial Award
3.10.1 This award created to prepetuate the memory of former President Ted Bricknell and provides for the presentation of an annual prize, new each year, in recognition of outstanding services to the VTTA. Nominations from Groups should be received by the National Secretary no later than 21st November each year, following which the NEC shall decide the name of the recipient.
3.11 Return of Trophies
3.11.1 Should there be a time when a trophy or trophies is/are no longer required for presentation (e.g. the demise of the VTTA or abandonment of events at specific distances) then all reasonable measures will be taken to return them to the original donors or their heirs.