Separate Road Bike and TT Bike categories
Sunday 18th March 2018 will be the third running of Sotonia CC’s Leg Loosener TT on the same 14.5 mile sporting course as the 2016 and 2017 events (see below for map and Strava link).
The course starts in Landford and finishes with a climb up Pipers Wait – a short but steep climb – with separate Road Bike and TT Bike categories and prizes.
This is going to be a really fun event, appealing to a large number of cyclists and not just hardened time trialists. It’s a fantastic first time trial if you’ve never done one before.
Last year we had over 100 riders, so make sure you get your entry in early as we could end up with a full field!
There will be separate road and TT prizes, with separate (and equal!) prizes for women. Full details of all the prizes we are planning can be found below.
How to enter
This is an open event. Unlike club events, this means you can’t just turn up on the day and you need to enter a couple of weeks in advance via the Cycling Time Trials website.
Entry closes on Wednesday 7 March at 11:59pm
You can enter online via the links below. Don’t delay as it’s easy to forget to enter (especially if it’s nice weather that day and you decide to pop out for a ride).
Road bikes: www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/17589
Skip the video to 2m10 to get to the start of the course.
We can’t promise to award all the prizes below as this does depend on the number of entries we get. However we are hoping for a lot of entries, and this will allow us to have a lot of prizes!
The usual, with each category treated equally and equal prizes for men and women.
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd place man in the TT Bike category
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd place woman in the TT Bike category
1st, 2nd and 3rd place man in the Road Bike category
1st, 2nd and 3rd place woman in the Road Bike category
The fastest rider under 18. If we get several juniors we will try and award prizes in both categories.
Timed segment on Pipers Wait
We are hoping to have a third timekeeper at the bottom of the final climb. As well as your overall time for the whole course you will also be given a separate time from this point to the finish which is about 150m past the top of the climb.
Road bikes will have an advantage here as most of the time in the segment is spent climbing.
Hopefully you won’t puncture, but if you do don’t despair! Make a mental note of where on the route you punctured and let one of the organisers know. Whoever is unlucky enough to puncture the soonest will get a prize.
What equipment is allowed in the Road Bike Category?
Basically if your bike and clothing would be allowed in a road race or a criterium, then you will be fine. To be specific…
- Aero road bike frame (e.g. Trek Madone, Specialized Venge)
- Deep section wheels with 60mm max rim depth (e.g. Zipp 404)
- Shoe covers
- Time trial helmets (e.g. Kask Bambino)
- Wheels with a rim depth of over 60mm
- Aero bar extensions or tri-bars
- Disc wheels and tri-spokes
If you wish to ride with any of the “Not allowed” items you’ll need to enter the TT Bikes category, even if you’re not actually riding a TT bike.
What’s the course?
The official course code is P183a. Here’s a link to the route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/672359344
Just don’t miss that entry deadline!