September 2021 intro ride


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

Date

Sunday 12 September 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 café at Waseley Hills Country Park, with a stop to watch the club’s Hill Climb Championship en route. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 42 kilometres (26 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments towards the end of the route.

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 two and a half hours, with a break to watch the Hill Climb for about 30 to 45 minutes, refreshments at the café 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. Two or three thin layers are usually a good idea, especially in autumn, when it’s often chilly early and warm later. With lightweight clothes you can stuff in a pocket or bag, you can add or subtract layers as conditions change.

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?

August 2021 intro ride


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

Date

Sunday 1 August 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 The Akamba Heritage Centre in Dickens Heath. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 46 kilometres (29 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 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?

Audax events 2021 update


Following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, we should be able to run a number of planned audaxes in 2021, subject to some modifications.

Wenlock, Begwyn and Stones: 17 April

This is going ahead, with a change to the route due to COVID regulations in Wales. The new route is a great improvement, including a traverse of Wenlock Edge.

Gospel Pass Skivers: 14 May

Going ahead as planned with an interesting encounter on the descent to Llanthony.

Kidderminster Killer: 24 July

This audax is geared towards very fit cyclists prepared for a very challenging 215km day in the saddle. Sorry, but there is no easy option! The 2021 version has even more brutal climbs than previous editions. This event is now sold out, but a small number of additional places will be available from 09:00 on Saturday 10 July – first come, first served!

Beyond the Dyke: 2 October

The late Alan Mason developed some fantastic audax routes. This is one of them. There are still plenty of spaces on this audax starting from Belbroughton and destined for Mid-Wales beyond Knighton. Entries are currently open.

The Elenydd permanent audax

This event is now open for entries again, following its earlier suspension.

For more information on these events, see our audax webpage and Facebook group.

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 time trials 2021


NB: Club activities are resuming from 29 March. Please click here for all COVID-19 updates.

A list of club time trials being held in 2021 is available below. Newcomers are welcome to take part in club TTs, as are guests from other clubs. We are also organising four open events this year, 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. CTT regulations require that all riders have a working red rear light.

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.

No.Date/timeCourseNotesLinks
1Sat 20 March 10:00K33/10SCancelled
2Sat 27 March 10:00K33/10SCancelled
3Sat 3 April 10:00K32/20 Results
4Sat 10 April 10:00K33/25S Results
Sun 25 AprilLittle Mountain Time Trial
5Wed 5 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Results
6Wed 19 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Results
7Wed 26 May 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Results
Fri 28 MayNEC Closed-Roads Open 10
8Wed 2 June 19:00K36/4.5 (two laps)Results
9Wed 16 June 19:00K32/20Club Handicap Championship; cancelled (roadworks)
10Wed 23 June 19:00K33/10SClub 10 Mile ChampionshipResults
11Wed 30 June 19:00K33/25SClub 25 Mile ChampionshipResults
Sun 11 JulyRoad Bike Open 10
Sat 17 JulyJanet Kelly Memorial 10 (cancelled)
12Wed 14 July 19:00K33/10S
13Wed 21 July 19:00K33/10S Cancelled
14Wed 28 July 19:00K33/10SCancelled
15Wed 4 August 19:00K33/10SCancelled
16Wed 11 August 19:00K33/10SCancelled
17Wed 18 August 19:00K33/10S Cancelled
18Wed 25 August 19:00K33/10S Cancelled
19Wed 1 September 19:00K33/10SCancelled
20Sun 12 September 11:00KH12Club Hill Climb ChampionshipResults