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.

2019 under-23 racing bursary applications open


Since 2017, Beacon RCC has provided an annual bursary to support under-23 members wanting to race, in recognition of the prohibitively high cost of racing for younger riders. For 2019, the committee anticipates being able to provide two club members (one male, one female) with bursaries of £250 each.

Applications are now open, and need to be received by 14 January 2019 for consideration by the committee. Full details of the bursaries and the application form are available here.

2018 Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation


01/12/2018

Beacon Roads Cycling Club cordially invites you, your partner, and guests to celebrate the achievements of club members at the 72nd Beacon Awards Dinner, which will be held at Hillscourt on Saturday 1 December starting at 6pm.

The evening starts with a welcome drink in the bar, followed by a three-course dinner, with coffee to finish. There is then the usual entertaining address by our club president Dave Cole, followed by this year’s guest speakers, 2018 Transcontinental Race competitors Adam Green and Stuart White. There is a cycling quiz for your entertainment and also the opportunity to celebrate your fellow club members in the cross toasting. The ever popular rocket balloons, party poppers, clackers etc. will also be back! This is a great evening’s entertainment at just £32. Tickets sell out quickly so make sure you get yours early.

Update, 26 November: Sorry, ticket sales are now closed and no further online bookings can be taken.