COVID-19 updates


Update: 3 December 2020

Updated British Cycling guidance confirms that club runs can now resume, subject to some restrictions detailed in the guidance.

Update: 30 November 2020

Having studied government guidance for Tier 3 and Tier 2 that will apply once national restrictions end on 2 December, we are resuming club runs from Sunday 6 December. As in the autumn, riders will need to sign up on the message board in advance, and club runs will be limited to six participants each. Café stops are not permitted at present. Please see this post on the message board for full details.

Update: 4 November 2020

Updated British Cycling guidance confirms that, for four weeks from 5 November, people should only ride alone, with others from their household/support bubble, or with one person from another household.

Update: 3 November 2020

British Cycling is asking for small-group rides and coaching for young people to be exempt from the new national lockdown rules that will come in on Thursday, but in the absence of such a decision, we are suspending club runs again for the time being. We have also been advised that the Beacon Academy coaching planned for Wednesday should not go ahead, and have issued refunds to all who had paid for places.

Update: 28 October 2020

We are now in a position to be able to restart some Beacon Academy events, commencing 4 November.

Update: 14 October 2020

Following an update to the restrictions applying in Birmingham and elsewhere that means that people living in areas at the high COVID alert level can no longer meet with other households in indoor hospitality venues, we have issued updated club run rules. We are encouraging non-stop Beacon Burst rides, but if there is a café stop, outdoor seating must be available.

Update: 15 September 2020

Having consulted the frequently asked questions published by Birmingham City Council and with British Cycling West Midlands officials, the committee is satisfied that the new local restrictions allow for club runs to continue, subject to the sign-up system and limited group sizes that we already have in place. We would, however, ask all members intending to participate in club runs to read our updated instructions here.

Update: 11 September 2020

Members of the Beacon committee are studying guidance on the Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull local restrictions that will come into force on 15 September. We are awaiting updated advice from British Cycling, including on the implications for club runs, before making a further announcement.

Update: 11 August 2020

Unfortunately, the organiser of our Autumn Rivers, From Clee to Heaven and Beacon Burns audaxes, which were scheduled for 3 October, has had to cancel due to access issues at the Belbroughton event HQ posed by COVID-19. Any entries that have already been made will be refunded in the next few days. Please watch this space for news on possible stripped-back audax events, and remember that the Montgomery Madness permanent audax remains open for entries.

Update: 23 July 2020

British Cycling has announced that there will be a further easing of restrictions on sanctioned club activity and events from 1 August, allowing some racing to start. The maximum size of a club run will remain at six riders.

Update: 8 July 2020

At a virtual meeting on 7 July, the Beacon RCC committee agreed to initiate a phased return of organised club activities, following updated advice from the relevant governing bodies. This decision will be continuously reviewed and activities will be suspended again if we judge activities to be unsafe or if advice from government and from cycling’s governing bodies changes. The initial plan is as follows:

  • Club TTs will resume on Wednesday 15 July. A list of events is available here. To make this possible and to ensure rider safety, a number of adjustments to usual practice will be made, including: payment should be made by PayPal here (no cash will be accepted); riders and marshals should observe social distancing at all times; there will be no push-offs at the start; results will be posted online following the event but not announced in person at the finish.
  • We aim to re-start club runs on 19 July, with a new system limiting group sizes to a maximum of six, which is explained here.
  • We will aim to restart Beacon Academy coaching in August, with new dates to be advertised here shortly. Numbers will be strictly limited, with a new online sign-up system in operation. Academy racing events are cancelled for the rest of the season.

Club members are reminded to renew their subscriptions before participating in any club activities, if they have not already done so.

Update: 26 June 2020

Cycling Time Trials has further extended its suspension of club events by a week, until 12 July, pending greater clarity about applicable government guidelines.

Update: 8 June 2020

Cycling Time Trials has extended its suspension of club events until 5 July, but anticipates that it may be possible to allow events to take place after the issuance of updated government guidelines in early July.

Update: 3 June 2020

Reflecting updated government guidelines that people in England can now meet up in a group of six providing that two-metre distancing is maintained, Cycling UK has updated its guidance, noting that the guidelines “appear to confirm that up to six people can now cycle together in a socially distanced group, though cycling in a group is not specifically mentioned in the guidance”. As a club, we are not re-starting any official club runs yet, due to the potential of larger groups turning up and the lack of open cafés.

Update: 27 May 2020

British Cycling has provided an update on its suspension of sanctioned cycling activity. The suspension of club activity is extended to 4 July, the suspension of regional racing and of non-competitive events such as sportives to 1 August, and the suspension of national racing to 1 September.

Update: 12 May 2020

British Cycling has issued an update to its FAQs document, noting that from 13 May, people in England can now exercise outside more than once a day, that exercise with one person from a different household is now permitted, but that cyclists doing so still need to maintain a two-metre distance from anyone from outside their household.

Update: 16 April 2020

British Cycling has issued an update to its FAQs document.

Update: 31 March 2020

Cycling Time Trials has extended its suspension of events until 30 June, which means the cancellation of the 2020 Sigma Sports Classic Series. Our Little Mountain Time Trial was to be part of this series, but was already cancelled.

Update: 23 March 2020

Updated government guidelines, initially in force for three weeks, specify that people can undertake one form of outdoor exercise a day, including cycling, but that “even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household”.

British Cycling has extended its suspension of all activity that it sanctions until 30 June. The announcement notes that “riding a bike is a great way to aid your physical and mental health, provided that guidance on social distancing is followed. British Cycling would urge all cyclists to only ride on routes you know well, that are close to home and that are well within your ability level – this is a time for calm recreation, not for challenging yourself”. An accompanying FAQ document is available here.

Update: 20 March 2020

Cycling UK has published a further explanation of the advice to cancel all group rides.

Update: 17 March 2020

Based on government advice, British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials have now announced the suspension of all sanctioned activities. Audax UK has suspended recognition of all audax rides, including permanent and DIY events. Cycling UK is advising the cancellation of all group rides and activities. Further advice, including on cycling alone, is available from Cycling UK here.

Update: 16 March 2020

Following this afternoon’s government advice that we should all avoid non-essential travel and social contact, and after consulting our event organisers, the Beacon RCC committee has decided that we have no other option than to suspend all club activities with immediate effect.

This means that:

  • All club runs are cancelled until further notice;
  • The club time trial season, which was due to start this Saturday, will not begin until government advice changes;
  • This year’s Little Mountain Time Trial, scheduled for 26 April, is cancelled;
  • If it cannot go ahead as planned, the Janet Kelly Memorial Open 10 TT, currently scheduled for 11 July, will be moved to the autumn if possible;
  • All Beacon Academy events are cancelled until further notice;
  • The Kidderminster Killer audax is cancelled and other audax events are postponed until October, situation permitting.

We have taken this decision in an attempt to avoid incidents that may require emergency services, and because, for all that we love cycling, our organised events are non-essential in the great scheme of things.

The club website will be updated in the coming days to reflect these developments.

We hope you understand our decision and the reasoning behind it.

Club time trials 2020


NB: We resumed club time trials on 15 July. Please click here for all COVID-19 updates.

A list of club time trials being held in 2020 is available below. Newcomers are welcome to take part in club TTs, as are guests from other clubs. We also run two open events, which need to be entered in advance (see links below).

Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time in order to sign on. The entry fee for a club time trial is £4 including the £3 Cycling Time Trials (CTT) levy, payable here. From 2020, CTT regulations require that all riders have a working red rear light.

No.Date/timeCourseNotesLinks
1Sat 21 March 10:00K33/10SCancelled
2Sat 28 March 10:00K33/10SCancelled
3Sat 4 April 10:00K32/20 Cancelled
4Sat 11 April 10:00K34/25 Cancelled
Sun 26 AprilLittle Mountain Time Trial
5Wed 6 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Cancelled
6Wed 20 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Cancelled
7Wed 27 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Cancelled
8Wed 3 June 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Cancelled
9Wed 17 June 19:00K32/20Club Handicap Championship
10Wed 24 June 19:00K33/10SClub 10 Mile Championship
11Wed 1 July 19:00K34/25Club 25 Mile Championship
Sat 11 JulyJanet Kelly Memorial 10
12Wed 15 July 19:00K33/10S Result
13Wed 22 July 19:00K33/10S Result
14Wed 29 July 19:00K33/10S Result
15Wed 5 August 19:00K33/10SReplacement 10 Championship Result
16Wed 12 August 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Abandoned (extreme weather)
17Wed 19 August 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Result
18Wed 26 August 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps) Result
19Wed 2 September 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Result
20Sun 13 September 11:00KH12Club Hill Climb ChampionshipResult

For most up-to-date information on these events please visit the TT section of the club message board. Further details of relevant CTT regulations are available on the time trials page of this website.

Beacon Academy 2020 events


NB: Beacon Academy events were suspended this year due to the COVID-19 situation. We had planned to resume coaching sessions in November, but with the new national lockdown announced and on the advice of British Cycling, had to cancel the 4 November event. We will resume coaching as soon as it is judged to be safe by the government and British Cycling. Please click here for updates.

The Beacon Cycling Academy, the club’s youth coaching section, will be putting on some coaching and racing sessions at both Rowheath and Holders Lane this year. Please see below for the events scheduled to date. Aside from the Beacon RCC Track Championships, the racing events are open to members and non-members alike.

Rowheath/Holders Lane coaching sessions:

1 Thursday 20 February 11:00-13:00 (Holders Lane)
2 Wednesday 4 March 18:15-19:15 (Holders Lane)
3 Wednesday 1 April 18:15-19:15 (Holders Lane)
4 Wednesday 6 May 18:15-19:15 (Rowheath)
5 Wednesday 3 June 18:15-19:15 (Rowheath)
6 Wednesday 1 July 18:15-19:15 (Rowheath)
7 Wednesday 7 October 18:15-19:15 (Holders Lane)
8 Wednesday 4 November 18:15-21:00 (Holders Lane; entry page)

During 2020, the Academy will be offering some coaching sessions at Rowheath Playing Fields in Bournville and at Holders Lane, near Cannon Hill Park. Keep your eye on the Facebook feed for details of any additional sessions. These sessions take place in a traffic-free environment and are led by qualified coaches who introduce riders to skills used in different forms of cycle sport and include some racing, with the emphasis very much on fun. Sessions cost £2 for members and are free for first timers (membership costs £10 for the year). If weather conditions are bad, please check the Facebook page for cancellations.

Beacon Academy Go-Ride sessions are aimed at young people who can already ride a bicycle and have sufficient co-ordination to stay safe in a group. Riders should wear a helmet at all times, have a well maintained bicycle, a drink and bring appropriate clothing and gloves.

‘Give it a try’ racing:

Friday 8 May 13:00-14:00 (Rowheath; British Cycling event page)

We’re putting on some grass track racing as part of the Rowheath Pavilion Community Fun Day. The races will be suitable for children age five to 12 and are open to non-members. Riders will need a working bike and a helmet, and gloves are advised. The course is suitable for mountain or cyclo-cross bikes. Smooth road tyres are not suitable. This event is open to Beacon members and to non-members.

BSCA West Midlands Championships:

1 Saturday 4 July 13:00-16:00 (grass track, Rowheath; entry form)
2 Saturday 1 August 13:00-16:00 (cyclo-cross, Holders Lane; entry form)

We’re hosting two of the three British Schools Cycling Association West Midlands Championship events this summer: the grass track competition at Rowheath and cyclo-cross at Holders Lane. There will be categories for U7s, U9s, U11s and U13s in both events. These events are open to Beacon members and to non-members.

Club Track Championships, Halesowen:

Saturday 20 June 13:00-16:00, with a pre-event coaching session starting at 12:00 (postponed until further notice)

There will be a full programme of junior races at this year’s Beacon RCC Track Championships, held at the outdoor track in Halesowen, as well as a pre-event coaching session. The Track Championships are open to Beacon members only.

For more information, see the Academy’s webpage and Facebook page.

2020 Little Mountain Time Trial


26/04/2020

NB: The 2020 Little Mountain Time Trial has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Beacon RCC’s flagship time trial event is back and in 2020 will be staged on the K22/39 course for the first time in 4 years, with the event headquarters reverting to Great Witley Village Hall. The event will take place on Sunday 26 April 2020.

The Little Mountain Time Trial will again be part of the CTT’s Sigma Sports Classic Series. It’s a sporting course of 39 miles featuring the climb of Stanford Bank, the rolling Bromyard Downs and the testing Ankerdine ascent, with the finish line just a few hundred yards away from the event HQ.

The Little Mountain Time Trial typically attracts a wide field, featuring everyone from novice club riders to fully fledged TT specialists, on a wide array of machines – everything from winter road bikes to full-on TT rigs. Everyone is welcome and there is no better way of testing your early season form and fitness, against a backdrop of some of the finest countryside in the UK.

Entries are now open, until 7 April. Links to the entry forms for each category are available on the event page.

Beacon Academy autumn 2019 events


Following on from a successful summer of events, the Beacon Cycling Academy, the club’s youth coaching section, will be putting on some coaching sessions this autumn. The event details are available on Facebook, via the links below.

Autumn 2019 Rowheath/Holders Lane coaching sessions:

1 Thursday 3 October 17:45-18:45
2 Wednesday 30 October 11:00-13:00
3 Tuesday 26 November 18:00-19:00

During the autumn, the Academy will be offering some coaching sessions at Rowheath Playing Fields in Bournville and at Holders Lane, near Cannon Hill Park. Keep your eye on the Facebook feed for details of any additional sessions. These sessions take place in a traffic-free environment and are led by qualified coaches who introduce riders to skills used in different forms of cycle sport and include some racing, with the emphasis very much on fun. Sessions cost £2 for members and are free for first timers (membership costs £10 for the year). If weather conditions are bad, please check the Facebook page for cancellations.

Beacon Academy Go-Ride sessions are aimed at young people who can already ride a bicycle and have sufficient co-ordination to stay safe in a group. Riders should wear a helmet at all times, have a well maintained bicycle, a drink and bring appropriate clothing and gloves.

For more information, see the Academy’s webpage and Facebook page.

2019 Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation


Image may contain: tableMembers, their partners and guests are warmly invited to the Beacon RCC Annual Awards Dinner at Hillscourt Conference Centre on Saturday 7 December, starting 6pm.

The Dinner is the highlight of the club’s social year, when we celebrate the achievements of club members and the club as a whole. Whether you’re a newbie or an old hand, a racer or a pootler, you’re an important member of the Beacon family, and the Dinner is meant for you.

The evening starts with a welcome drink in the bar, followed by a three-course dinner, and coffee to finish. The meal concludes with an inspiring talk from our guest speaker, the adventurer, endurance rider and motivator Katie Butler. Katie’s talk is followed by the presentation of prizes to achievers in every field of cycling we’re involved with.

Although the Dinner’s structure is formal, the atmosphere is very relaxed. There’s a quiz, party poppers and rocket balloons, plus jokes and banter aplenty. Even in the coldest winter, a warm glow is guaranteed!

Sorry No further bookings can be taken for this year’s event.

Club time trial entry


We’ve now resumed club time trials following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown (calendar available here), subject to availability of marshals and the following simple rules:

  • No cash – pay by PayPal or BACS only (£4 per event)
  • Beacon members should check that they have paid their subs for 2020 before entering
  • Please bring your own pen to sign in prior to the start
  • Please avoid congregating in large groups at the start and finish; results will be posted on the message board and Facebook, but not announced at the finish
  • Please observe social distancing and avoid handshakes, hugs or other bodily contact
  • There will be a standing start only, with no push-offs

A reminder also that as of this year, CTT regulations require that all riders have a working red rear light. Let’s keep this simple, safe and enjoyable!


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Beacon Academy Easter and summer 2019 events


The Beacon Cycling Academy, the club’s youth coaching section, are putting on a number of events this Easter and summer. Event pages for two coaching sessions at Holders Lane and a number of races at Rowheath and Holders Lane are available on Facebook via the links below.

Easter 2019 Holders Lane dates:

1 Tuesday 23 April 12:00-13:00
2 Wednesday 24 April 12:00-13:00

Summer 2019 Rowheath coaching sessions:

1 Tuesday 14 May 18:15-19:15
2 Tuesday 28 May 18:15-19:15
3 Tuesday 25 June 18:15-19:15
4 Tuesday 2 July 18:15-19:15
5 Thursday 11 July 16:30-17:30

During the summer, the Academy will be offering at least five coaching sessions at Rowheath Playing Fields in Bournville, on 14 May, 28 May, 25 June, 2 July and 11 July. The sessions will last from 18:15-19:15, apart from the 11 July session, which will be 16:30-17:30. Keep your eye on the Facebook feed for details of any additional sessions. These sessions take place in a traffic-free environment and are led by qualified coaches who introduce riders to skills used in different forms of cycle sport and include some racing, with the emphasis very much on fun. Sessions cost £1 for members and are free for first timers (membership costs £10 for the year). If weather conditions are bad, please check the Facebook page for cancellations.

Beacon Academy Go-Ride sessions are aimed at young people who can already ride a bicycle and have sufficient co-ordination to stay safe in a group. Riders should wear a helmet at all times, have a well maintained bicycle, a drink and bring appropriate clothing and gloves.

Racing at Rowheath and Holders Lane:

1 Monday 6 May 14:00-15:00 (grass track racing)

This grass track racing event forms part of the Rowheath Pavilion Community Fun Day. Riders aged five to 12 will compete in fast-paced racing over three laps of a tight grass track circuit. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our club and our sport to the local community. We’ve got a slot from 14:00 to 15:00 in a full programme of community events. We’re looking forward to welcoming riders from other local clubs so all riders can look forward to some friendly competition. The short distance makes it an ideal introduction to racing for the younger riders.

2 Thursday 25 July 16:00-19:00 (British Schools Cycling Association Regional Grass Track Championships)

We’re hosting the 2019 British Schools Cycling Association Regional Grass Track Championships at Rowheath. Young riders will compete in an age-specific omnium competition for the coveted regional title, which brings with it a medal and a patch that can be proudly sported on a race jersey (programme here; results here).

3 Tuesday 27 August 13:00-16:00 (summer cyclocross)

The final racing event of the summer sees the return of our popular cross event. This is designed as a pre-season ‘give it a try’ event so that riders from across our region who are thinking about entering the West Midlands Cyclocross League can see how they get on. Equally, experienced riders will find it a useful way to test out legs and equipment before the season starts in earnest. This year, we’ve moved the event to Holders Lane so that riders can compete on an exciting course that takes in a range of slopes and surfaces.

Club Track Championships, Halesowen:

Saturday 22 June 13:00-16:00, with a pre-event coaching session starting at 12:00

There will be a full programme of junior races at this year’s Beacon RCC Track Championships, held at the outdoor track in Halesowen, as well as a pre-event coaching session.

For more information, see the Academy’s webpage and Facebook page.

Autumn South Salopian Audax


05/10/2019

The South Salopian is a brand new audax route and was voted upon by riders at our 2018 audax.  We will be sending an army of cyclists over the Dyke into the badlands of The Marches borderlands.  Riders will experience the charming countryside of the Teme Valley before swinging northwards through Marches via Hopton Castle to reach the quaint market town and of Bishops Castle.  Overall, the route is not too hilly but there is a stiff climb over northern extremity of The Long Mynd, after which life returns comfortable again.  After the ruling descent from the Stretton Hills along the Roman Road, you will soon arrive at historic Coalbrookdale and its famous Ironbridge. After a sharp pull out of Coalport, it is a gentle return stage to Belbroughton via Kinver.

Full details and entry

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Christmas drinks at the Swan, Chaddesley Corbett


22/12/2019

Each year, the Beacon’s Tony Webb organises drinks for members of the Beacon and all other local cycling clubs, the Sunday afternoon before Christmas. This year’s drinks will be held at the Swan in Chaddesley Corbett, starting at 12:00 on 22 December. All welcome!

Club runs will be heading to the Swan this week, so check the message board and Facebook page for details.