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.

  • Season long series
    • Best All Rounder Competitions
      • Best on standard over 25, 50 and 100 miles
      • Best on standard over two 10 and two 25 mile time trials
    • Echelon / VTTA Points series
      • Your best four place rides on Midlands’ (or ‘K’ listed) courses during the season
    • Best placings in the 4 VTTA featured events.
  • Personal challenge of beating your ‘standard time’ over any standard distance
  • Set an age related record

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. 

You can join on line at www.vtta.org.uk or, alternatively e-mail margaret.colburn@martley.orgto get your membership form and to join. 

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:

https://www.vtta.org.uk/content/0-standards

The Standard Tables can be found at:

https://www.vtta.org.uk/standards

VTTA MIDLANDS EVENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES

Here is the list of trophies we will be awarding for 2019 in our championship events 

Event Trophies

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:

  • The top 10 riders in the series on classification
  • The best improver in terms of increased points scored over their total for the 2018 season
  • Team prize: best club team of 4 riders in terms of cumulative points scored
  • Les Lowe Trophy: Furthest distance ridden in open events on ‘K’ courses taken from a rider’s events recorded on the CTT Midlands Points System.

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

    • Massie Cup      Awarded to the rider BOS aged 65 and over
    • Jones Cup         Awarded to the rider BOS aged 50 to 64  
    • Nomads Cup    Awarded to the rider BOS aged under 50

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.