Otley Cycle Club Open 10 – eligibility to ride

As you may be aware, our Open 10-mile Time Trial on Saturday 15th April is over subscribed – see ‘Bumper field for Otley CC Open 10-mile TT Saturday 15th April‘.

To have a full field is fantastic news and testament to the hard work Christine Bell, the event organiser, has put into publicising the event along with support from others in the club including Trevor Hatib and Liz Hills.

The tremendous interest in the event has resulted in some entries being returned including to Otley CC members. Where possible, reserve places have been offered and those reserves may be able to ride in place of a selected rider if that rider does not attend on the day.

Some Otley CC members who entered the event but had their entries returned have understandably mentioned their disappointment and also commented that priority should have been given to club members. Unfortunately, this is not allowed under the Regulations of Cycling Time Trials, the governing body for Time Trialling in the UK and under whose Rules & Regulations the event is being held, as the fastest riders who enter the event must be chosen first.

The CTT Regulations can be found here but the relevant Regulation, 26. Limitation of Entries states:

‘Unless otherwise declared in writing to the District Council, when applying for the event*, selection of riders shall be on the fastest performance recorded during the current and past three years at the relevant distance. Selection by “first entries received” is not permissible’.

This of course applies not only to our Open 10 but also to our Open 25, Open 50 and Open Hill-climb should they be over subscribed too.

Priority to club riders cannot be declared as a condition of entry. Club 10-mile Time Trials are held on the same course during the year as part of the Triangle Series, including the club 10-mile championships. Information on these and the other Triangle Series events can be found on the website here and the list of events here.

John Barnett, Honorary Racing Secretary