Promoted for and on behalf of the Cycling Time Trials under their rules and regulations.
Online Entry: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/17205
Additional risk information for competitors
Due to the current condition of the road in various places on the course, riders must take extra care when moving on the carriageway.
It is recommended that, wherever it is safe to do so, and in showing consideration to other road users and competitors, that riders may be better riding off the gutter and nearer the centre of the road to avoid poor road conditions.
This applies whenever applicable, but with particular notice to:
- The Start and Finish area, approximately 150 metres each direction.
- The entire section, both directions near to and adjacent to Bolam Lake.
- Middleton Bank, (Marshal with RED Flag at top of descent outward) both directions but particularly outward at the top and the bottom of the dip (by gate).
These areas in particular are in poor repair on the surface of the road, with numerous potholes of quite substantial depth. Hitting these at speed, and in particular when on a Time Trial machine and on the extensions, could cause problems for both rider and machine.
Riders should take care at all times and a look at the course prior to racing is highly recommended.
Whalton Village Hall, Whalton, Morpeth NE61 3XA
Whalton Village, please respect residential spaces and access. Additional (paid) parking at Bolam Lakes Country Park (please note: access via the course so be aware of riders). Limited parking in the layby at the start. Please use the litter bin provided for drinks and gels etc. No rubbish to be left on the course. No parking down to the bridge at the bottom of the hill 600m from the start or on the road to the right (B6524) leading to Whalton. All vehicles to be parked safely and without hindrance to other road users. CTT advise no parking on verges.
Signing on and off
Each rider must sign the sign-on sheet before collecting the designated number. Each rider must sign for themselves and nobody else. Once the course has been completed, please hand the numbers back in at the sign on. Any juniors, who have not completed a parental consent form, must do so before signing on. Sign on will be open from 11am.
New CTT regulations state that all competitors MUST SIGN OFF. Failure to do this will result in a DNF.
The results will be put on the board as they come in. Full results will be posted on the Barnesbury website after the event: http://barnesbury-cc.co.uk/events/2018/detail/1722/Hilly-21
Refreshments will be available at the HQ after the event.
Course and Rider Information
Start at Belsay on unclassified road 200m north of junction of A696 and B6524.
Proceed north on unclassified road via Bolam Lake to junction with B6343 (6.4 miles).
Turn left to Scots Gap taking the first right onto unclassified road to Rothley Cross Roads (9 miles). TAKE CARE at right turn to look up for oncoming traffic.
At Rothley Cross Roads turn left onto B6342 to Cambo where left onto B6343 to Scots Gap.
Continue along B6343 to first turn right TAKE CARE at right turn to look up for oncoming traffic onto unclassified road in direction of Belsay to finish opposite start.
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This course is set in beautiful countryside, however it is challenging to even the most experienced riders with high speed descents, some poor road surfaces and early season weather conditions.
Riders should obey the highway code at all times and in particular not cut corners or takes risks with control of their bike on steep/long descents and into corners.
In addition to their personal safety riders also have a responsibility to the sport to ride in both a fair and safe manner.
Safety information and on the day risk assessment will be available when you sign in for the race and an experienced club member will be available for younger riders and novices to discuss any concerns about the course and conditions.
You are advised that:
- No U-Turns are to be made in the vicinity of the timekeeper and no dismounting in the finishing area.
- Sections of the course are poor repair. Be aware of this nd ride accordingly. We strongly recomend riding the course before racing on it. See the additional risk information at the top of this page.
- Take extra care at road junctions and particularly at the T-junction for Scots Gap and the right turn for Rothley Cross Roads.
- No cutting corners or crossing white lines – if witnessed by an official you will be disqualified.
- Head up and watch out for potholes and oncoming traffic.
- TAKE GREAT CARE ON THE DESCENT AND CLIMB OF MIDDLETON BANK BECAUSE OF THE BAD ROAD SURFACE
- You are responsible for navigating the course – familiarise yourself with the course – a map is available on the Barnesbury website
In the interests of your safety, we recommend that all competitors wear a hard shell helmet and start the race with a working red flashing rear light. Junior riders MUST wear a hard shell helmet.
To assist the timekeepers at the finish line can you please ensure that your number is correctly placed and visible from the rear in line with CTT regulations noted below. If your number is too high, the Time Keepers will not be able to see it. “The number shall be centrally positioned below the waist so as to be clearly visible from the rear when in his normal riding position. Position number as shown:” If the timekeepers cannot see your number clearly by being too high or obscured by outer garment such as a gillet, your time may not be recorded resulting in a DNF.