Midland VTTA has a Challenge to Suit You
There are three different ways you can choose to compete with the Midland Group, and this season guide shows you how you can take part in 2018.
No matter what your age and ability, there is something to challenge yourself on with the VTTA. All you need to do is to join the Midland VTTA.
Your Guide to the VTTA Midlands 2018 Racing Season
Below we set out a guide to the events, competitions, awards and trophies open to members of VTTA Midlands for 2018 to help you plan your season. There is something here for all riders so please read through and identify some events and awards you could use to target and motivate your cycling this year.
Standard Times and Pluses
Our events, competitions and trophies are often based on ‘standard times’. Experienced VTTA members will be familiar with Standards. For those who are new they can be something of a mystery! Very briefly, Standards are a carefully designed handicap system which provide a level playing field for vets of all ages and for both men and women. Your actual time is compared to your ‘standard time’, which depends on your age and sex, to give you a ‘plus’ time. Results ‘on standard’ are then based on riders’ pluses (or minuses, in some cases). The winner with the biggest plus will be ‘Best on Standard’ (BOS).
There is quite a helpful guide on the VTTA national site at http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/Standard-Awards.php
The Standard Tables can be found at
VTTA MIDLANDS EVENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES
VTTA Midlands Trophies for 2018
Here is the list of trophies we will be awarding for 2018 in our championship events
Trophy Awarded for Event Course Date
Williams Rose Bowl BOS men VTTA 10 K48/10 21st April
Bart Cup BOS women VTTA 10 K48/10 21st April
Billy Steer Cup BOS men Walsall RCC K48/23 20th May
Bricknell Cup BOS women Walsall RCC K48/23 20th May
Wells Cup BOS men Mids CTT K33/50 15th July
Victory Cup BOS women Mids CTT K33/50 15th July
Stokes Cup Actual fastest Mids CTT K33/50 15th July
Birks Cup BOS Coventry CC K11/10T 11th Aug
Note: BOS = Best on Standard
VTTA Midlands Open Events
Please support the two open events we are organising this year:
Joint VTTA/LVRC K47/16 7th April
Our annual ‘match’ with the LVRC for the Welland trophy.
VTTA Midlands 10 K48/10 21st April
As there is no VTTA Open 25 event this year the counting event for the trophies associated with that will be awarded in Walsall RCC 23, on 20th May.
SEASON LONG SERIES
VTTA Midlands Points Series
The Points Series is sponsored by Echelon Cycles – with our thanks to Tim Wood.
To qualify for the series you have to ride a minimum of 4 open events on Midlands ‘K’ courses. Points are awarded according to your placing ‘on standard’ in each event adjusted by the number of riders in the event. So riders of all ages and both men and women are competing on a level playing field in the Points Series. Your best 4 results count towards your total for the competition. Prizes will be awarded to:
Steve Lockwood kindly compiles the Points Series results for us and these will be published regularly on the CTT Midlands site and on our own VTTA Midlands site.
Featured Midland VTTA Events
We have 4 events which are featured in this year’s VTTA racing calendar: VTTA Mids 16 (7th April), VTTA 10 (21st April), Walsall RCC 23 (20th May), and Mids CTT 50 (15th July).
Ride all 4 events and your cumulative standard times will be entitle you to enter these competitions, depending on your age
VTTA MIDLAND BEST ALL ROUNDER TROPHIES
The following trophies are based on performances over the season.
Trophy Awarded for
Cyclo Shield Best All Rounder – men and women Best All Rounder (BAR) – BOS performance across any open 25, 50 and 100 miles
Bayliss Cup Women’s Short Distance BAR – BOS performance across any two open 10 mile and any two open 25 mile time trials
Godiva Cup Men’s Short distance BAR – BOS performance across any two open 10 mile and any two open 25 mile time trials
Claims for the Bayliss Cup, Cyclo Shield and Godiva Cup must be made at the end of the season and submitted to the Competitions Secretary. There will a claim form on the website and in the Standard Times.
NATIONAL AWARDS AND COMPETITIONS
1. Have a go at achieving Standards Awards.
A brief introduction to the standards system was given above.
First time claim: If it is your first attempt at a Standards award you WILL get it! All you have to do is:
2. Have a go at a National Competition – AND be part of a Group team
There are three national competitions and they are all based on your total plus against standard for the distance. They don’t cost you anything and you are given a National position at the end of the year!
a) Short Distance Competition: Your best results for the season in two open 10s and in two open 25s.
b) Three Distance Competition: Your best times in open events at 25, 50 and 100 miles.
c) BAR (Best All Rounder): Your best results in an open 25, 50, 100 miles and a twelve hour.
For each of the three National competitions the best 3 Midlands performances are totalled and each VTTA group is awarded a position. The best three in the Midlands VTTA are also awarded a plaque in each of the three competitions.
For these three competitions, at the end of the season you send your best results for each competition on a claim form with the results sheets to Steve Jenks - closing date is 18th October. (If claimants want their results sheets returned, they should include a stamped self-addressed envelope.) The claim forms are found on the National site at http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/forms.php
Even if you do not get the results you wanted, if you enter any of the three competitions above, you may well make up the three that we need to be recognised and given a position as a Group nationally.
Midlands VTTA Age Records
There are men’s and women’s records for all ages from 40 on for 10, 25, and 50 miles (and 100 and 12 hour if any are run on K courses).
The criteria for an age record claim are:
Members putting in applications for Standards, BAR, Short Distance or Three Distance competition will automatically have their times compared to existing records and the record updated as appropriate.
This means that they may achieve a record mid-season but it may be superseded before these applications are sent to me at the end of the season. To avoid this, if any member wants a record considered DURING the season, they need to send a record claim form to Steve Jenks together with a result sheet. This can be done by post or by email with results attached. The claim forms are on the Midlands site. The updated records will be on an excel spreadsheet and, again, will be on our site in the near future.
See further updates on these competitions and records on the VTTA Group Midlands facebook page.