We are frequently asked if it is possible to just turn up and ride without being a member. The answer is yes, just sign-on as a private entry, pay the entry fee and ride. Often people are apprehensive about their ability, enquiring as to the "standard". No problem here, as we cater for all abilities and no one will be critical. Sympathy and advice is always available.
How do time trials work?
Massed start cycle racing is not permitted on public roads, except with special provisions, so time trialling is the only competitive cycling event generally available. Even so police approval has to be obtained and certain procedures have to be followed. Riders start at one minute intervals and the start time is taken into account when calculating the actual time taken. Riders are issued with a number and this should be pinned to their clothing at the back, ideally below waist level. If you wear it too high (like a footballer) it can't be seen when you're bent over the bars. Riders should keep well apart as 'drafting' is against the rules. When being overtaken allow the faster rider to get away, even drop back if necessary. At the finish continue past the timekeeper for a short distance. It also helps to call out your number as you cross the finish line.
We accept new members from the age of 12. We are aware of child protection issues and therefore insist that children be accompanied by an adult. That adult should decide whether to accompany the child on a ride, or whether the child is competent enough to ride alone. We suggest the adult rides with them, ideally just behind, but not pacing him/her. The adult doesn't have to enter as part of the event. It is also necessary for a parent or guardian to sign a "Parental Consent" form which is available at the start, or can be downloaded from our website.
Keep well to the left unless making a right or U-turn at a roundabout, in which case move across with care. Do not obstruct traffic and ignore any abuse from other road users - remember you are riding in an officially sanctioned event and no one wants to bring the club into disrepute.
A hard shell helmet to an approved standard is recommended. This is compulsory for under-18 competitors.
A rear-facing red LED light
is highly recommended, whether flashing or constant, as In shady or poor conditions
motorists can sometimes miss seeing a cyclist. The club has a few rear lights
which can be temporarily attached to the bike and these are available for loan,
free of charge.
If you travel to the event by car please consider local residents and through traffic when parking. Again, complaints could lead to us losing courses. Also please don't park your car at the finish where the timekeepers need to be. The timekeepers have to synchronise watches at the start and then move to the finish, which is where riders expect to find them.
Many of our events use sections of the A45. Contrary to common opinion this is relatively safe, as the road is straight and motorists can see a rider every 300 yards or so. Winding country lanes are not ideal for time trialling.
Private entries pay £3 per ride, members £2.50. Of this fee £2 per rider goes to our national association, the CTT, mainly covering 3rd party insurance. We charge juniors £1 per ride as we effectively subsidise youngsters in order to encourage them. We have a booking system where members can reserve a number through our club website.
Membership of Rugby RCC costs £10 per year, non-waged (students, OAPs, etc.) £5 and under-18s still in education pay £1. Fees are due in January, but for anyone joining in September onwards we have a rule where this also covers the following year's membership. A membership form can be downloaded from our website.