Nearly Triangle Time

It’s nearly time for the annual Triangle Time Trial series to start. This is a series of cycling time trials run by the club throughout the summer. It’s a great opportunity for both novice and experienced riders to test themselves against the clock over a series of courses around the local area in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Anyone in the club (or guests from CTT affiliated clubs) can ride; just turn up about 30mins before the start, sign on, collect a number, and then ride as hard as you like. No need for a TT bike; any road legal bike is allowed. Events are £4 per ride for OCC members, £5 for guests. Under 18s will require signed parental consent forms (https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/guardians).

A handicap competition runs throughout the season, rewarding those who show consistent improvement, with a trophy for the most points after the 30mile event.

All events are marshalled, and approved by Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and local police forces. We request that anyone who does race also volunteers to marshal at a few events throughout the season.

Important note: From the 2022 season CTT require all competitors to affix both front and rear lights to their bike, and to be wearing a helmet during the event.

I hope to see a good turn out, and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the club, or the event organiser (liammealey@hotmail.com).

Courses

Triangle 12.5 mile – Start on the A659 100 yards west of the (currently closed) Wharfedale Hotel. Proceed Eastwards to Harewood Bridge. Left onto A61 at Traffic Island turn left onto A658 passing over Pool Bridge into Pool village where left onto A659 to finish at the same point as the start.

Hilly 14 Start 0.25 mile East of Farnley Hall on the Otley to Leathley road. Continue to bottom of hill then turn left at Leathley onto the B6161. Continue until 0.25 miles before Beckwithshaw then turn left to Bland Hill then left to Norwood Edge. Turn left at the end of the road to finish at the same point as the start

Walshford 10 – Start at entrance to Rabbit Hill Country Store.  Proceed South to 1st Roundabout at Walshford.  Encircle roundabout, and head North.  Proceed past start location and finish just past turning on left signposted to Arkendale.

Walshford 15 – Start at entrance to Rabbit Hill Country Store.  Proceed South along A168 to 1st Roundabout at Walshford.  Encircle roundabout (3rd exit), and head North.  Proceed past start location to Roundabout at Boroughbridge.  Encircle Roundabout (4th exit), and return South along A168 to finish by start.

Walshford 25 – The Walshford 15mile + the Walshford 10mile above.

Walshford 30 – 2 Laps of 15 mile course above.

Dates

Day

Date

Course

Distance (mile)

Time

Thu

5

May Walshford (V212)

10

1900

Thu

12

May Walshford (V212)

10

1915

Thu

19

May Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

26

May Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

2

June Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

9

June Hilly

14

1930

Thu

16

June Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

23

June Triangle

25

1930

Tue

28

June Walshford (V235)

15

1930

Thu

30

June Hilly

14

1930

Thu

7

July Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

14

July Hilly

14

1930

Thu

21

July Walshford (V212)

10

1930

Thu

28

July Triangle

12.5

1930

Tue

2

August Walshford (V235)

15

1930

Thu

4

August Triangle

12.5

1930

Thu

11

August Triangle

12.5

1915

Thu

18

August Walshford (V235)

15

1900

Thu

25

August Walshford (V235)

15

1900

Sun

11

September Walshford (V235)

30

‘0900

Handicap System

So how does this handicap and points system work? A good question, I’m pleased you asked. After each race 10 down to 1 points are awarded to the fastest ten riders on handicap. A handicap and points system was devised over 40 years ago and the same system is still running strong today.

Whichever rider scores the most total points is crowned the triangle time trial champion and receives the Triangle Trophy. On your first ride of the season you will ride scratch and from your time you will receive a handicap. Handicap times are based on 25 MPH which equates to a 30-minute ride around the triangle. For example if you record a time of 32min 45 seconds your handicap allowance the next time you ride will be 2 -45.

If you score any points you will loose 2 seconds per point you score (so if you score 5 points you would lose 10 seconds and your new handicap would be 2-35). If you improve your time i.e. go faster in subsequent rides your handicap will be reduced. For example if you were to record a time of 31-55 and scored 6 points your new handicap would be reduced to 1-55 less 12 seconds for the points you scored making a new handicap of 1-43. So the faster you go the less handicap you receive and you will loose handicap when you score points, so it becomes even harder to score points. Handicaps are adjusted for the 10, 25 and 30. If you are super fast and record a time under 30 minutes you will owe time.

Organiser Contact

Liam Mealey

liammealey@hotmail.com

07855 106 072