Club time trials 2023


We’re running a slimmed-down schedule of club time trials for 2023, with the emphasis on having fun, friendly competition and introducing new people to time trialling. Newcomers are most welcome to take part in club TTs, as are guests from other clubs.

As well as our club events, we’re also organising one open event this year, which needs to be entered in advance (see links below).

The traditional club handicap trophy will be awarded on the basis of a rider’s best five results out of seven this year, with the two-up and hill climb events excluded.

The entry fee for a club time trial is £4.50, including the £3 Cycling Time Trials (CTT) levy. CTT regulations require that all riders have working rear (red) and front (white) lights and wear a helmet. Please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the event start time in order to sign on. We will send you further instructions after you’ve entered using Eventbrite.

If you’ve not given TTs a try before, we recommend reading this article on the website of the governing body, CTT (it’s from 2007, so some of the details are dated, but it gives a good idea of what to expect).

For the 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 1 April 10:00K32/20Results
2Tues 11 April 19:00K36/10Club 10No starters due to bad weather
Sun 23 AprilLittle Mountain Time Trial
3Tues 9 May 19:00K36/10Club 10Cancelled due to standing water
4Tues 30 May 19:00K32/20Joint event with Droitwich CC; Handicap 20 ChampionshipResults
5Tues 13 June 19:00K36/10Club 10Results
6Tues 11 July 19:00K36/10Club 10Results
7Tues 8 August 19:00K36/10Club 10 2-up event (see explanation here), road bikes onlyResults
8Tues 12 September 19:00K36/10Club 10 Mile ChampionshipResults
9Sun 24 September 10:00KH12Club Hill Climb ChampionshipResults

2023 Little Mountain Time Trial


The 2023 edition of the Beacon RCC’s flagship time trial event, the Little Mountain Time Trial, which forms part of the CTT Merlin Cycles Classic Series, took place on 23 April on the K22/39 course, with the event headquarters at Great Witley Village Hall.

Congratulations to men’s winner John Archibald, fastest woman on a TT bike Emma Bexson, Celia Brown, who was fastest women on a road bike (and fastest woman overall), fastest veteran Nicholas Latimer, men’s road bike winner Gerhard Moldansky, junior winner Sophie Heighton and fastest paracyclist Ben Hetherington. Full results including category breakdowns are available via the links below.

Our thanks go to everyone who entered or supported the event!

2023’s was the 75th anniversary edition of the Little Mountain TT, originally run as the Mountain Time Trial over a course of approximately 62 miles. The film below features footage from the 1961 Mountain Time Trial and the 1996 Little Mountain TT, which coincided with the Beacon’s 50th anniversary, and should give you a sense of the history that you become part of when you enter this classic event. Commentary comes courtesy of Tony Webb and the late David Duffield, of Eurosport fame.

Beacon Academy 2023 events


The Beacon Cycling Academy’s 2023 coaching sessions will start at Moseley School in mid January. Please see below for details of the sessions scheduled to date. We’re also planning on putting on a number of Academy racing events again this year. Details of these will be listed in due course.

Moseley School Fitness Centre coaching sessions:

1 Wednesday 11 January 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
2 Wednesday 18 January 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
3 Wednesday 25 January 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
4 Wednesday 1 February 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
5 Wednesday 8 February 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
6 Wednesday 15 February 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
7 Wednesday 1 March 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
8 Wednesday 8 March 17:30-18:30 (cancelled due to weather warning)
9 Wednesday 15 March 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
10 Wednesday 22 March 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
11 Wednesday 29 March 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
12 Wednesday 19 April 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
13 Wednesday 26 April 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
14 Wednesday 3 May 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
15 Wednesday 10 May 17:30-18:30 (cancelled due to weather warning)
16 Wednesday 17 May 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
17 Wednesday 24 May 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
18 Wednesday 7 June 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
19 Wednesday 14 June 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
20 Wednesday 21 June 17:30-18:30 (entry page)

21 Wednesday 13 September 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
22 Wednesday 20 September 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
23 Wednesday 27 September 17:30-18:30 (cancelled due to weather warning)
24 Wednesday 4 October 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
25 Wednesday 11 October 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
26 Wednesday 18 October 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
27 Wednesday 25 October 17:30-18:30 (entry page)

26 Wednesday 15 November 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
27 Wednesday 22 November 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
28 Wednesday 29 November 17:30-18:30 (entry page)

29 Wednesday 13 December 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
30 Wednesday 20 December 17:30-18:30 (entry page)

Queensbridge Playing Fields grass track Go-Ride sessions:

1 Wednesday 28 June 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
2 Wednesday 5 July 17:30-18:30 (entry page)

Ackers Adventure off-road sessions:

Wednesday 19 July 17:30-18:30 (entry page)
Wednesday 1 November 13:00-15:00 (entry page; results)

St Paul’s Centre mini bike racing:

Tuesday 1 August 16:30-17:30 (entry page)

During 2023, the Academy will be offering some coaching sessions at various venues in south Birmingham and further afield. 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. Most sessions are free for members, with membership costing just £5 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.

BSCA West Midlands Regional Grass Track Championships, Westhill Playing Field, Selly Oak

Saturday 19 August 10:30-17:00 (entry page; entries also available on the line; results) – please note the new date and location after the original event had to be postponed due to issues with the venue.

We’re hosting the 2023 British Schools Cycling Association Regional Grass Track Championships. This event is open to all eligible riders, and in the past has attracted entrants from as far away as Yorkshire. Please book via Eventbrite to secure your place.

Academy badge

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

Annual General Meeting 2022


This year’s Beacon AGM will take place at 18:30 on Thursday 8 December 2022, in Conference Room 1, Hillscourt Hotel and Conference Centre on Rose Hill. There is step-free access to the meeting.

For members who would prefer to join the meeting online, we will also be using Zoom to facilitate this. Please see the AGM notice sent out to all members by e-mail for the Zoom link.

Please check your spam folder if you haven’t received the AGM notice, which also contains a link to the agenda.

Please do join us to help set the direction of the club for the coming year.

2022 Beacon RCC WMCCL round


On Sunday 4 December, we’re going to be helping to organise a round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League at Walsall Arboretum. Volunteers are required to help make the event a success, just like our October 1962 ‘cross event, which was the first British race to feature a World Champion in the discipline, Renato Longo! For inspiration, you can read about the 1962 event in the official programme, which we’ve recently digitised, and in our recent 75th anniversary souvenir booklet. If you’re able to volunteer, please put you name down here. For those keen to race, online entries are now closed, but entry on the day is possible.

November 2022 intro ride


Outdoor cafe stop

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

Date

Sunday 6 November 2022

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 Earlswood Craft Centre. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 52 kilometres (32 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments at Earlswood Craft Centre, approximately two-thirds of the way through 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 three hours, with a break 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?

Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s), although if we have interest from more people then we do our best to try to find a second ride leader. For this reason, 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?

October 2022 intro ride


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

Date

Sunday 2 October 2022

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 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 52 kilometres (32 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments at The View, approximately half the way through 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 three hours, with a break 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?

Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s), although if we have interest from more people then we do our best to try to find a second ride leader. For this reason, 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?

Message Board registration guide for Academy parents


  • Go to www.beaconrcc.org.uk/ and scroll down to the Message Board link in the green box. Click the link. Alternatively, navigate straight to http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/message_board/. The screenshots here are from the mobile version of site; the desktop version has slightly more detail on display.
  • At the top of the Message Board, click the Register link.
  • Accept the terms and conditions.
  • Fill in the registration form. Tip: if you can’t work out the answer to the final question, it begins with sa and ends with le.
  • Wait for your registration to be approved. This might take a day or two.
  • Once your registration is approved, you can log in to the Message Board using the username and password boxes at the bottom of the front page.
  • Now that you’re a registered user, you’ll see that you have access to more parts of the Message Board, including the Beacon Academy forum; click Beacon Academy to access this. (Notice that Club Runs has a red icon: this means that there are new posts in this forum since your last visit to the Message Board.)
  • You can start a new discussion topic by clicking New Topic once you’re in the Beacon Academy forum, or view an existing topic by clicking on its name.
  • When viewing an existing discussion topic, you can reply by clicking the Post Reply button at the top or bottom of the screen.

2022 Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation


In the closing weeks of each year, we get together to recognise the achievements of our members during the season just ended. The Annual Dinner is the centrepiece of our social calendar, when we celebrate everything our club stands for.

Following the success of last year’s 75th Anniversary Dinner, we’re returning to the same venue and we’re hoping for another good turnout and a similarly buoyant atmosphere. This year’s Dinner will take place from 18:00 to midnight on Saturday 19 November 2022. Highlights of the evening will include:

Award presentation
Medals and trophies will be presented to club members who have excelled in a wide variety of fields, including time trialling, road racing, track racing, cyclo-cross racing, touring and audaxing. Many Beaconites have done amazing things in the last twelve months, so come along to hear the details and show your appreciation.

A presentation by author and broadcaster Matt Rendell
Matt has written a series of award-winning books about bike racing, including The Death of Marco Pantani, A Significant Other (about Lance Armstrong) and, most recently, Colombia Es Passión! His book on Pantani was made into a film, he’s a regular contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, and can often be seen on TV, notably doing background features for ITV’s Tour de France coverage. Matt will entertain us with his favourite memories from twenty-five years of race coverage, and you’ll have the chance to ask questions and chat to him personally later in the evening.


A three-course meal

With a choice of dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options at every course.

A plush venue

Kings Norton Golf Club is a listed building with a spacious function room and a cosy bar, in a leafy setting on the edge of town, close to the Alcester Road (A435) and the M42.

After-awards music and dancing, led by our very own cycling DJ Vince!
(Not your thing? Don’t worry, there’ll be quiet areas where you can chat and drink.)

Reception with Prosecco and non-alcoholic alternatives

Plus ample after-dinner opportunity for mingling, catching up and making the most of the evening.

Everyone is welcome: current, former and prospective Beacon members and friends of the club, plus their partners, family and guests. 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.

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

A three-course meal, an evening of great entertainment, plus music and dancing – all for £40, or £75 for a pair of tickets (£37.50 each for two). You can’t say fairer than that, now can you?

2022 Club Track Championships


This year’s Beacon Track Championships will be held at Halesowen ACC’s outdoor track, off Manor Way in Halesowen, at 12:00-16:00 on Saturday 24 September, after the original event planned for 25 June had to be called off due to rain.

To assist in the organisation of this year’s club track championships, we’d appreciate it if you could book a free place if you’re intending to compete. Entry is restricted to Beacon RCC and Beacon Cycling Academy members. Please book a place even if you booked for the original 25 June date, to let us know you can make the rearranged event.

Come and join us for what promises to be an exciting afternoon’s racing for all ages.

Spectators will also be most welcome, and the programme will be along the following lines:

  1. Senior flying 200m
  2. Academy time trial
  3. Senior sprint heats
  4. Academy 1-lap handicap
  5. Senior 10-lap scratch race
  6. Academy 2-lap handicap
  7. Senior sprint repechage
  8. Academy 3-lap handicap
  9. Senior sprint semi-final
  10. Academy ‘hare and hounds’
  11. Senior sprint finals
  12. Senior 20-lap ‘hare and hounds’

Racing starts at 13:00, with a training session beforehand at 12:00. Unless you are UK track accredited, you must attend the training session. All adult riders must have prior experience riding a fixed-gear bike. We’re looking to put some adult training sessions on prior to the event.

Hire bikes will be available. If you require the use of a hire bike on the day, please select the relevant Eventbrite add-on item and let us know what size you need.

Volunteers to assist with pushing off riders, working the lap board, assisting the judges, timing the pursuits, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

In the event of bad weather, a track inspection will be made at 11:30 and a notice posted on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!