“If there was a list of 100 British time trials you must ride before you die, Beacon Roads Cycling Club’s Little Mountain Time Trial would be pretty high on it” – BikeRadar.
The Beacon RCC Little Mountain Time Trial, part of the CTT Sigma Sports Classic Series, is now open for entries.
This long-running time trial event moved to a modified course in 2017, starting and finishing at the famous Shelsley Walsh hill-climb venue. In 2019, we are using the same course and HQ, following positive feedback on 2017 and 2018’s events. The Little Mountain finishes at the top of the hill-climb course, which has been used for hill-climb TTs in the past few seasons – the difference being that the climb comes after 37 miles in the Little Mountain!
Starting outside the Shelsley Walsh grounds, the riders setting off at minute intervals will take in a circuit of 37 miles around local roads. This includes the climbs of Stanford Bank, Ankerdine and Aberley, passing through Bromyard Downs, Bringsty Common, Martley, Hallow and Great Witley, to finish back at the HQ with the final climb, the famous 1000 yards of Shelsley Walsh.
The Little Mountain Time Trial is the second event counting towards the CTT Sigma Sports Classic Series, which means it attracts some top riders, but the event has a reputation for being a friendly, club-organised race and every year the field includes a diverse range of entrants, from young to old, including many riders whose main aim is to test themselves against a tough course early in the season. There are multiple prize categories, including for the fastest riders on standard road bikes, so a TT bike is by no means a necessity.
Entries close on 12 March 2019.
Start on C class road outside Shelsley Walsh head North West towards Stanford Bridge. At the junction with The B4203 turn left, the road gradually rising for the next mile to the foot of the first major climb, Stanford Bank.
Sapey crossroads marks the top of Stanford Bank and is followed by another almost flat section of the course. The road does, however, drop in and out of a couple of fairly steep sided small valleys before a steady drag to the left fork onto Bromyard Downs. The unfenced road across the Downs gently descends for over a mile before decanting riders onto the A44 and the flying descent through the bends of Bringsty Common. At the foot of the descent the road briefly levels alongside the River Teme before a sharp left turn over the river to Knightwick and the foot of Ankerdine Hill.
From the top of Ankerdine you can enjoy a long, fast and non-technical descent to Martley, where right onto the B4204. The next 6 miles to Hallow are probably the flattest miles of the event though with enough twists and turns to maintain concentration and interest. On the 7.5 miles along the A443 through Holt Heath and Great Witley, pure testers will come into their element with long drags and gently rolling roads – this is a good single-carriageway A road for both cars and bikes alike.
Turning left after Great Witley onto the B4203 you’ll find the third real hill of the event, though this may not be as severe Stanford Bank or Ankerdine at 32 miles into the event it may have an effect on tired legs. Over the top and you’re immediately on a very long, very fast descent to the River Teme where bike-handling and nerves will come to the fore. You have now returned to Stanford Bridge, after crossing the River take the first left onto the C class road to retrace to Shelsley Walsh.
At Shelsley Walsh turn off the public highway entering onto private road to immediately start the last climb of the day. The final climb is approximately 1 km with a maximum gradient of 1 in 7.
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