Vet on Standard explained
Those familiar with time trialling, especially those of a certain age, will know how Vet on Standard works. For those new to it, here's a brief description.
Years ago the Veterans' Time Trials Association (VTTA) devised tables of age-related times over standard distances, ie 10-miles, 25-miles, 50-miles & 100-miles. This is because we all slow down as we get older, but it's possible to have a target whatever your age. The standards for women originally used the same tables, but with an 8 year adjustment applied, eg a woman of 40 had the same standard time as a 48 year old man, etc., through the age range. There are even standards for tricycles, tandems and tandem trikes. Results are shown as the amount of time a rider beats his or her standard (+) or is behind the standard (-), thus allowing a comparison to be made in an event, irrespective of age. At their 2012 AGM the VTTA decided to revise their standards, so it's now harder to gain a 'plus', while the womens standards are separately derived and no longer have the 8-year offset.
We use the VTTA tables to calculate Vet on Std results in our club events where the distance is 10 miles or 25 miles. This means that we can have a Vet on Std competition in approximately 18 of our evening TTs. We have an award each season for the best Vet on Std overall by adding together the + or - times from the best 4 x 10-mile TTs and the best 2 x 25-mile TTs.