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?

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.

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.