The Veterans’ Time Trial Association (VTTA) was established 75 years ago this year for the express purpose of promoting time trials for the ‘mature’ participant in the sport. Divided into groups across the country, the Midlands Group offers riders over 40 a set of challenges for their racing season.
Uniquely, the VTTA has created a set of age related standards that mean competitions can be created for riders over 40 regardless of age or gender. For all distances, ages and gender there will be a standard time, from which your actual race time is subtracted. The resulting number (hopefully a ‘plus’!) is then used in a variety of competitions to find winners and improvers. The result is that despite growing old gracefully, you can still compete against people of all different ages and gender. Revised extensively in 2012 and modified slightly at the end of 2018 in time for the new season, the standards have proved remarkably successful at giving a level playing field with which to compare sporting performances.
A Challenge to Suit You
There are three different ways you can choose to compete, and this season guide shows you how you can take part in 2019.
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 2019 Racing Season
Below we set out a guide to the events, competitions, awards and trophies open to members of VTTA Midlands for 2019 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.
Please support the three open events we are organising year:
Joint VTTA/LVRC K47/15 6thApril (Our annual ‘match’ with the LVRC for the Welland trophy)
VTTA Midlands 25 K16/25 28thApril
VTTA Midlands 10 K33/10D 14th September
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. The winner with the biggest plus will be ‘Best on Standard’ (BOS).
There is quite a helpful guide on the VTTA national site at:
The Standard Tables can be found at:
VTTA MIDLANDS EVENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES
Here is the list of trophies we will be awarding for 2019 in our championship events
Trophy Awarded for Event Course Date
Williams Rose Bowl BOS men VTTA 10 K33/10D 14th Sept
Bart Cup BOS women VTTA 10 K33/10D 14th Sept
Billy Steer Cup BOS men VTTA 25 K16/25 28th April
Bricknell Cup BOS women VTTA 25 K16/25 28th April
Wells Cup BOS men Mids CTT K33/50 15th Sept
Victory Cup BOS women Mids CTT K33/50 15th Sept
Stokes Cup Actual fastest Mids CTT K33/50 15th Sept
Birks Cup BOS Stafford RC K48/10 18th May
Note: BOS = Best on Standard
VTTA Midlands Points Series
The Points Series is sponsored by Echelon Cycles – with our thanks to Tim Wood.
To qualify for the series, riders have to compete in 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 that riders of all ages and both men and women are competing on a level playing field in the Points Series. Your best 6 results count towards your total for the competition. Prizes will be awarded to:
Featured Midland VTTA Events
We have 4 events which are featured in this year’s VTTA racing calendar:
VTTA Mids 15 (6thApril)**
VTTA 25 (28thApril)
VTTA 10 (14th Sept)
Mids CTT 50 (15thSept)
**The VTTA Mids 15 will also include tricycle entries and it will be a counting event (for tricycles) for the Tricycle Association National Time Trial League.
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 Davies 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.