2021 Road Bike Open 10 Time Trial


In 2021, we’ll be adding a specific road-bike TT to our time trial offering.

The event is being held on the K33/10S course near Harvington in Worcestershire.

The event will take place on 11 July. Entries closd on 29 June. Please see the event page for more details, including the start lists and live results.

We will be following CTT guidance for the TT with regards to COVID-19 measures and will keep everyone up to date as the guidance continues to evolve.

July 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 4 July 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:00, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to Boat Shack café at Aztec Adventure in Upton Warren. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments about half way.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break in the middle and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. In summer, it’s tempting to dress lightly. However, do check the forecast and be ready for conditions maybe changing while you’re out. If it’s going to be sunny, remember to guard against sunburn.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

2021 Janet Kelly Memorial Open 10 Time Trial


Beacon RCC has promoted an open 10-mile time trial nearly every year since 1978. The event is organised as a memorial to Janet Kelly, sadly killed whilst participating in the sport she loved so much. A trophy in Janet’s name is awarded to the fastest woman. Previous winners have included the legendary Beryl Burton and the Beacon’s own multiple national champion, Ruth Eyles, and UCI Gran Fondo TT World Champion, Jessica Rhodes-Jones.

The event is held on the K33/10D course near Norton in Worcestershire. In addition to the women’s trophy, there are prizes down to sixth place in both men’s and women’s categories as well as for vets, tandems and prizes for road bikes.

Due to a serious incident that occurred during our club TT on the K33/10S course on Wednesday 14 July, we regret to inform you that we have cancelled this year’s Janet Kelly Memorial Time Trial.

June 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 6 June 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to The View café in Wootton Wawen. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments about half way.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break in the middle and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. In summer, it’s tempting to dress lightly. However, do check the forecast and be ready for conditions maybe changing while you’re out. If it’s going to be sunny, remember to guard against sunburn.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

May 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 2 May 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to Broadacres Fishery, near Hanbury, Worcestershire. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles), mostly on quiet lanes, through gently rolling countryside. We’ll stop for refreshments a little over half way.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break in the middle and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few rides on your own first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to six people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance.  To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. Beacon members have all sorts of bikes. Some of them take their cycling very seriously and do have fancy bikes, but not all. No one’s going to look down their noses at what you choose to ride. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means it has two working brakes.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But that’s not us on an Intro Ride. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. Multiple thin layers are usually a good idea, especially in spring and autumn, when it’s often chilly early and warm later. When you start to sweat, you can take off the top layer and stuff it in a jersey pocket or bag.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

NEC Closed-Roads Open 10 TT


As part of Beacon member Ian Taylor’s fundraising activity for The Tour 21, we’re promoting a closed-roads time trial at the NEC on the evening of Friday 28 May. This is going to be a little bit different to most British time trials: there’s no windswept dual carriage way to slog up and down, there won’t be a dilapidated village hall to sign on at, and you won’t need to worry about traffic whizzing past you on course. You won’t need to park in a muddy field either, and you definitely won’t need to have a pre-race comfort break in a hedge, because there will be actual proper facilities!

The event will feature:
• A 10 mile closed-roads circuit
• Digital timing
• Road bike category
• Loads of car parking
• Great catering
• Amazing prizes – from Aerocoach, Huub and many others!

This event will raise money for Cure Leukaemia and every penny from entry fees (minus the £5 CTT levy), sponsorship or donations will be spent on bringing pioneering drug and transplant treatments to blood cancer patients across the UK.

This event has now concluded. Please see the event page for links to the results.

If time trialing isn’t your thing, please do consider volunteering to help out on the day. You can also donate to Ian’s fundraising effort via JustGiving.

Club trophy winners 2020


Virtual AGM gallery view

The club held a combined virtual AGM and awards night on Thursday 10 December. While it wasn’t the same as our usual annual dinner, it was great to be able to mark the end of the club cycling year in the best way possible in present circumstances.

It wasn’t possible to award all of the usual club trophies this year, due to the cancellation of many events, but we still had a fantastic list of prize winners to celebrate. Thanks, as always, to Dave Hughes for compèring!

Touring ChampionHelen Colson
Audax ChampionSimon Woodward
Club Run Points ChampionSimon Walker
Mountain Bike ChampionStuart White
Cyclo-cross ChampionHelen Jamieson
Junior Cyclo-cross ChampionAshleigh Kennedy
Women’s 10-mile TT ChampionRosie Croggon
Senior 10-mile TT ChampionRoger Cutler
Women’s 25-mile TT ChampionRosie Croggon
Senior 25-mile TT ChampionRoger Cutler
Women’s 50-mile TT ChampionFenella Brown
Senior 50-mile TT ChampionSimon Dighton
Senior 100-mile TT ChampionSteve Croggon
Senior BARSteve Croggon
Veterans’ BARSimon Dighton
Handicap BARMark Roberts
Hill Climb ChampionMatt Clegg
Women’s Hill Climb ChampionClaire Fudge
Club Person of the YearGemma Johnson

Well done to everyone who won an award, and we hope we’ll be able to get the actual trophies to you soon!

2021 Little Mountain Time Trial


The Beacon RCC’s flagship time trial event is back and in 2021 will be staged on the K22/39 course for the first time in five years, with the event headquarters reverting to Great Witley Village Hall.

The Little Mountain Time Trial will again be part of the CCT’s Merlin Cycles 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.

The event will take place on 25 April 2021 and entries are now closed. Please see the event page for more details, including the start lists.

We will be following CTT guidance for the LMTT with regards to COVID-19 measures and will keep everyone up to date as the guidance continues to evolve.

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 are resuming coaching starting on 21 December. 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 Rowheath, Holders Lane and Calthorpe Park 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/Calthorpe Park 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)
9 Monday 21 December 13:00-15:00 (Calthorpe Park; entry page)
10 Tuesday 22 December 13:00-14:00 or 14:00-15:00 (ride starting from Calthorpe Park; entry page)

During 2020, the Academy will be offering some coaching sessions at Rowheath Playing Fields in Bournville, at Holders Lane, near Cannon Hill Park, and at Calthorpe 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.