Update 8 April: This event will be held on 18 April 2021 in line with current guidance issued by British Cycling & CTT, whereby events are permitted from 29 March.
This event will be run in line with guidance from British Cycling & CTT regulations & subject to local and national restrictions regarding COVID-19.
Competitors should take into consideration government guidance around travel, sharing vehicles and overnight stays before entering the event.
All athletes, staff, volunteers & officials must complete the BUCS COVID-19 Health Questionnaire prior to arrival at the event.
Due to CTT restrictions, we will only be accepting 120 entries into the competition.
Please note: The timetable is subject to change depending on entry numbers.
11:30 Car Park opens
13:01 First rider starts
15:01 Last rider starts
14:00–16:00 Riders return to HQ for sign out & leave
17:00 Event finish
- Event Headquarters are at the Ellesmere Centre, Stetchworth, near Newmarket. The HQ will be open at 11:30am. Please aim to arrive only as early as is needed for your start time, no more than 1 hour before is recommended.
- Signing in will be in the marquee & will be operated one person at a time with queuing if necessary, at 2 metres. The use of face masks is compulsory during signing in, unless medically exempt.
- Riders should bring their own pen for signing in & out, disposable numbers will be laid out individually and riders should handle their own number. If they haven’t brought their own pins, these will be provided.
- Please make use of the provided hand sanitiser before signing in & collecting your number.
- There will be no refreshments at the HQ.
- The start is nearly 3 miles from the event HQ, allow plenty of time if you are riding from the HQ.
- In the interests of your own safety, Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and the event promoters strongly advise you to wear a hardshell safety helmet that meets an internationally accepted safety standard
- You must have a rear facing red light fitted to your machine. No light, no ride
- The start is nearly 3 miles from the event HQ, allow plenty of time if you are riding from the HQ.
- No more than THREE riders are allowed to queue at the start, so time your arrival accordingly.
- There will be no pusher-off; any clothing, bottles etc left are the start will NOT be returned to the finish for HQ.
- On finishing the race, riders should not stop at the finish and should not loiter at the HQ or parking areas, but sign out promptly and leave the race as soon as possible.
- There will be no results displayed at the HQ, results will be published on the relevant websites once all are confirmed after the event. Do not approach timekeepers
- Riders should be aware that there is another time trial event using the same course the day prior (Saturday 17th April) and that it will not be possible to recce the course on this date as it would interfere with this event.
- No riding with your head down, any rider observed riding dangerously will be disqualified from the event and reported to the CTT District Committee for further disciplinary action.
- No 'U' Turns are allowed within sight of either the start or the finish area.
- No cars to stop or park at the start or finish areas.
- No warming-up by competitors is allowed along any part of the designated course other than going to the start, after the event has started.
- People are reminded that they should NOT be socialising with others in the car park and should upon leaving their car, get their bike out and go straight out onto the road to warm up.
Individual Championships (Men’s and Women’s)
Individuals will automatically be entered into the team competitions, provided there are enough eligible individuals from that institution to comprise a team. Please note the following team compositions:
Men’s Overall Team – The team placing shall be determined by the fastest cumulative time for three riders from the same institution.
Women’s Overall Team – The team placing shall be determined by the fastest cumulative time for two riders from the same institution.
- If you have any problems on the day, please contact Event Secretary James Quigley on 07532249288
START half-way along lay-by (marked Police only) on the A1303, situated 650 yards south-west of the Stetchworth roundabout. Proceed on the A1303 towards Cambridge, continuing to Dunsley Corner (5.18m) (M&C) TAKE CARE SHARP CORNER were left to follow lane to Six Mile Bottom (8.83m) (M) where left TAKE CARE TRAFFIC FOM THE RIGHT onto the A1304 towards Newmarket to Stetchworth roundabout (12.39m) (M&C) where left onto the A1303, to finish first circuit at the start point (12.76m). Proceed onto second circuit via A1303 to Dunsley Corner (17.94m) TAKE CARE SHARP CORNER, lane to Six Mile Bottom (21.59m) where left TAKE CARE TRAFFIC FOM THE RIGHT A1304 towards Newmarket to FINISH at ‘White Direction Board’ which is 70 yards north of lay-by and 300 yards south of Stetchworth roundabout. (25.00m).
Course records – Male 48:50 John Archibald (2020) Female 55:02 Emily Meakin (2020)
At no time must riders & helpers gather in groups of more than six. Social distancing must be obeyed at all times, around the HQ area, at parking areas & at the start.
Covid Marshals will be in place to ensure that the Rule of 6 is followed at all times and break up any groups that are seen to be, or could be, forming. Social distancing must also be maintained whilst racing, so please keep a 2m distance between yourself and other participants. It is important that you do this, even if the person you are racing with is in your bubble - this is because others will not be aware of any bubbles and can report incidents, which we are keen to avoid.
Competitors will have to as mentioned wear face masks/coverings in certain areas, these are:
- When registering at Race HQ – Race HQ is outside under a marquee.
- When not racing around the HQ & in the toilets.
- When signing out at the HQ at the end of their ride.
Hand sanitiser will be available at the following locations:
- On entry to the venue.
- At Race HQ.
- At all toilets.
No changing facilities will be available at the HQ.
Separate toilet facilities are available for men & women but only one person at a time are allowed in the respective room. Access is via the lobby next to the main door of the centre – a steward will direct you & a mask must be worn inside & in the queue.
In line with our Covid-19 Measures presentations will not be carried out at the event. No results or prizes will be awarded on the day, these will be released and distributed remotely after the day of the event. All medals for Top 3 finishers (Individual & Team) will have their medals posted to them.
If you place in the Top 3 please email Luke Gallen ([email protected]) with a postal address. If there are multiple winners from the same university and medals can be posted together, please let us know.
What are we doing to ensure your safety?
What’s new for 2020-21?
Like always, we are taking safety at our event seriously. After careful consideration during the off season regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic, the BUCS team have implemented the following measures to promote the health and wellbeing of competitors, officials, volunteers and all support staff.
We created these measures by:
- Seeking advice from local authorities and National Governing Bodies regarding the current Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations
- Collaboration with the host venues
- Following of UK Government and NHS advice
- Consultation with BUCS Chief Medical Officer
- Event Disclaimer updated to include specifics around Covid-19
- Entries may be limited to adhere to venue capacity restrictions & adherence to guidelines
- Event day format adjusted to enforce all safety protocols such as social distancing
- Designated times for arrival and departure (further information included in Event Guide once entries close)
- Staff members and volunteers interacting with competitors will be wearing appropriate PPE/face coverings
- Competitors will be required to have a temperature check on the entry into transition
- Covid-19 questionnaire completed on arrival, or in advance of the event
- Access to hand-washing facilities, or hand sanitiser
- Increased signage on hand washing
- No handshakes, high-fives and spitting
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and facilities
- We will be operating on a restricted access policy and no spectators will be permitted
- Unfortunately, no presentations will take place and all medals will be posted to you after the event
- Competitors must depart promptly after their element of the competition finishes
What’s expected of competitors:
- Event competitors should stay home if they have any Covid-19 symptoms, live in the same household with someone with Covid-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with, or suspected to have, Covid-19 in the past 14 days
- Competitors should stay home if they have been instructed to quarantine due to international travel restrictions or by NHS Track and Trace
- Competitors should stay home if they are living in an area with local lockdown restrictions and where non-essential travel is not permitted outside of the area.
- Competitors must follow direction from event staff, venue staff and volunteers.
- Competitors must comply with temperature checks if carried out at the event. Any competitor failing a temperature check will not be permitted to compete
- Competitors must complete Covid-19 questionnaire before competing
- Competitors should always follow social distancing guidance
- Competitors should ensure they are following hand hygiene practices at all times
- Competitors are encouraged to wear a face covering when indoors and moving about indoor facilities
- Competitors should not share equipment at this time unless permitted within NGB guidance
- Follow the guidance and safety procedures outlined for the event you are attending. These can be found in the Event Guide (released after entries close)
- To download the track and trace app prior to the event and check in via the app on arrival at the venue.
Despite all these extra measures we have implemented, it is impossible to fully remove all risk. Please carefully consider your options and make sure you are completely comfortable with the risks involved, before attending this event. Please contact the event lead for any questions.
CTT has issued two PDF documents, a Covid-19 Risk Assessment and “Putting on a Cycling Time Trials Event during COVID19”. If you haven’t already read them please download them from the CTT website here: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/organisers , and read them carefully.