A GUIDE TO THE TRIANGLE!
The races are organised:
* Cycling Time Trials have granted permission.
* West and North Yorkshire Police have been informed of when and where the races take place.
* Sponsors have agreed to back the events.
Championship events for 10, 25, 30 and Hilly 14 are included in the Triangle series. Championship events need to be entered three (3) days in advance by contacting organiser. Club Events Points Championship – Points awarded 20 (winner) down to 1 (20th) in all club championship events with more than ten entries.
Points awarded 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 for events with less than ten entries.
Where championship is part of an open event (see CTT Handbook), inform race secretary as soon as start list published. All championship entrants to be first claim paid up Otley CC members.
All Junior/School-age riders to have consent form completed by guardians/parents – available from the CTT here
Club CTT & Triangle Secretary – Liam Mealey (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
For riders who intend to ride Triangle Championship events (10, 25,30 and Hilly 14), preferably inform event secretary 1 week in advance, so enable me to work out handicaps etc. I will endeavour to accommodate entries up to 3 days in advance, but please make it easy for me!
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.
Triangle 25 – 2 Laps of 12.5 mile course above
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 30 – 2 Laps of 15 mile course above.
VERY IMPORTANT – Start at Arthington. No U Turns in the vicinity of the start/finish. The road rises immediately after the start/finish area under the railway bridge creating a potential blind spot beyond for traffic behind you!!!!!
Handicap System (as explained by Sheldon)
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 lose 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 lose 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. Now if a thicko like me can get his head around this you should, take it from me it’s a great system and a lot of thought went into devising it.
Veterans Challenged to beat their Triangle standard times. Yes standard times come to the Triangle and there will be a prize for the fastest vet on standard (but don’t ask me to do the maths). The competition will be for 12.5 times only 10,25 and 30 times not to count.