In light of the recent relaxation in social distancing, the CTT risk assessment to be followed when putting on a CTT event has been amended slightly. This can now be found on the CTT website under the Covid-19 section https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/index/covid-19

Also on the Covid-19 section is a copy of the risk assessment showing tracked changes, so that the changes made from the previous version (dated 16 June 2020) can easily be seen.

In the main, the changes relate to (1) competitors on tandems riding CTT events; (2) making it clear that competitors must not leave personal possessions with the time keeper; (3) at the discretion of the organiser and provided social distancing can be maintained, competitors can use turbo trainers to warm up; and (4) local lock down.

The CTT guidance “Putting on a Cycling Time Trials Event during COVID-19” has also been updated slightly to reflect the changes made to the risk assessment.

For those clubs that are able to promote events in 2020, thank you very much. This has been a very difficult year.  Whereas events can now be held in England, there are still government restrictions in place in Wales that will limit the size of the field in events.  For those in Scotland, the legislation does not yet allow for time trials although it is hoped that this may change at the end of July.

As always, if you have any queries, please contact support@cyclingtimetrials.org.uk

Thank you.

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CTT Coronavirus update 06/07/2020

Coronavirus update 06/07/2020

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This update relates to CTT events in England only.  It does not relate to events in Wales or Scotland.

Currently, all CTT Type B ‘club’ events are suspended up to and including 12 July 2020 and all Type A ‘open’ events are suspended up to and including 17 July 2020.

Having considered the amended government guidelines and legislation released on 04 July, the Board of Cycling Time Trials is pleased to confirm that as the situation stands at present, it is not proposed to extend that suspension of events further and that competition can resume.

Accordingly, CTT Type B ‘club’ events can be held from and including Monday 13 July 2020 and all CTT events, to include Type A ‘open’ events, can be held from and including Saturday 18 July 2020.

When holding an event, whether that be a Type B ‘club’ or Type A ‘open’ event, it is essential that the requirements as set out in the CTT COVID-19 risk assessment are followed.  It is also essential that in the case of a ‘local lockdown’ due to an increase in COVID-19 infection in any particular area, that any such local lockdown is respected and adhered to.  If any club or organiser is in any doubt as to whether or not an event can proceed, please contact the National Secretary (Legal & Corporate) nick.sharpe@cyclingtimetrials.org.uk

The COVID-19 risk assessment and guidance – Putting on a Cycling Time Trials Event under COVID-19 is available on the CTT website:


CTT will continue to monitor the position closely.  The threat of COVID-19 and the risk of infection does still remain.  If you are not well or showing signs of COVID-19 then please do not attend at any CTT event.

Please remember that we have had many events cancelled this year due to COVID-19.  Also, many of the sport’s volunteers, without whom events cannot take place, are themselves in the vulnerable age categories and so will not be able to help out.

The sport needs volunteers!

If you can, and you enjoy time trialling, please offer your services for an event and help.  Unless there are volunteers willing to do so, quite simply we won’t have any events for you to race in.

06 July 2020

Sunday morning Club Ride June 28th

Due to the Government’s relaxing of the Covid 19 restrictions we are going to have a club ride on Sunday 28th June  0900 Church Square Hartlepool

Depending on numbers we will ride in groups of 6 and observe COVID 19 social distancing guide lines., this could change again this week.

Around 40 miles  No one will get dropped, we will ride as a group at a pace that suits everyone.

Hopefully if we get sufficient interest we can make this a weekly event.

Ride Strong Staf Safe.



This update relates to CTT events in England only.  It does not relate to events in Wales or Scotland.

At the beginning of June, the Government relaxed the restrictions on social distancing.  Whereas it is still not considered possible nor indeed appropriate to recommence CTT events as yet, it is anticipated that on or around 04 July the current restrictions may be relaxed further.  In anticipation of that being the case, it is hoped that it may be possible to resume CTT events in July 2020.

Currently all CTT events are suspended up to and including 30 June 2020.  To allow time to properly consider the expected Government guidance, Type B ‘club’ events are further suspended up to and including 05 July 2020 and all Type A events are further suspended up to and including 17 July 2020.

The safety of competitors and all those involved with the event must be paramount.  It has to be made clear that competition can be resumed only if the Government guidelines are relaxed sufficiently so as to allow for time trials to take place, and it is considered those guidelines can be fully adhered to regarding social distancing.  If this proves to be the case, Type B ‘club’ events can be held from 06 July 2020 and Type A events from 18 July 2020.
In taking this decision it is emphasised that there is no pressure at all on clubs or organisers to hold their events.  Whether to proceed with an event is entirely at the discretion of the relevant CTT district, the individual club and the individual promotor of the event.

A full coronavirus risk assessment and guidance as to what steps to put in place to mitigate potential risk has been prepared and will be circulated to all CTT districts, CTT affiliated clubs and event organisers shortly.

Police notification forms – open and club events
Although this may have been done already, clubs and organisers are reminded that they should send the PNF to the relevant police authority to ensure the necessary legal requirements will have been complied with.

CTT will review the position following the further government guidance which is expected on 04 July 2020.

08 June 2020

VTTA Covid19 Update

Veterans Time Trials Association

National Association for the over 40 year old racing cyclist

The CTT has suspended all time trials (both open and club) until 30th June 2020. But British Cycling announced provisional dates for restarting cycling activities on 27th May – please see separate news item about this.

Suspension of CTT events may continue beyond 30th June but we are waiting to see updates on their website. From the British Cycling announcement it may be that time trials could restart on 1st August.

The VTTA National Executive Committee has cancelled the national championships for 15 miles on 29th March,10 miles on 25th April, and 30 miles on 30th June. We have re-arranged championships where possible for later in the season. For the 10 mile we have a revised date of Saturday 12th September and for the 15 mile the revised date is Sunday 20th September. The National 24 Hour Championship, which was being organised by Mersey Roads Club for July, has also been cancelled.

An update on championships and other matters was sent in a special issue newsletter to all VTTA members in late April.

Our country, and indeed the world, is slowly emerging from a very difficult period. While we are all keen to return to our sports, we need to do all we can to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe and healthy. So let’s see the CTT response and hopefully we can enjoy a restart of racing in a responsible manner.


Andrew Simpkins

VTTA National Chairman

Last updated  28th May 2020

CTT Covid 19 Update

We’re receiving an increasing number of enquiries about when it will be possible to start events once more.

Many will have seen  that British Cycling issued a release yesterday in which it was said that for international and national level races, including national series and championships, the suspension of events was extended until 01 September 2020, and that for regional racing the suspension of events was extended until 01 August 2020.  The Board of CTT consider that by its very nature time trialling is different to road racing and consequently for time trials it will be easier to accommodate the government’s guidelines on the measures that need to be put in place to help control the spread of COVID-19 and in particular the requirement for social distancing.

We’re hoping that it will be possible for events to take place, perhaps initially in some limited form, in the not too distant future.  We understand that the government is looking at ways outdoor sport and social activity can resume once more, although currently we don’t know when that will be.  Presently all CTT events are suspended up to and including 30 June.  There is to be further government guidance announced on Monday next week, 01 June, and it is anticipated that a further CTT release will be issued shortly after.  Plans are being put in place so once we’re able to, we can start events once more and guidance will be given to all clubs and CTT districts in good time to allow this to happen.

British Cycling COVID 19 UPDATE

British Cycling can today provide an update on the current suspension of sanctioned cycling activity, which was due to run until 30 June 2020.

While many of you have been enjoying the opportunity to ride recreationally, we appreciate that the cycling community is looking for direction and certainty on when club, group and competitive activity can resume.

In the absence of specific dates from the UK and devolved Governments, which are naturally hard to set, British Cycling is seeking to balance the desire to return to sanctioned cycling activity, where safe to do so, and concern for the health of people in our sport and in wider society. Because cycling encompasses a wide variety of activity, we are therefore proposing to move to a rolling suspension. This will apply to each of England, Scotland and Wales. The following position has been agreed with Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, but we recognise that devolved government guidance may dictate that adjustments are required, including the dates we are working towards.



We have split activity into three broad categories: international and national level races; regional racing and non-competitive events; club and group activity.

International and national level races, including national series and championships

Here we are extending the suspension until 1 September 2020. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give six weeks’ public notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension. This means that the original dates for a number of national series and championship events across multiple disciplines are no longer feasible but we will endeavour to rearrange these events later in the calendar year if possible.

It is possible that the racing format in some of the disciplines, for example outdoor individual events, may return sooner than others if appropriate measures can be put in place to manage the risk in line with Government guidance and any guidance that we put in place. In all cases we will carefully consider the options available including reasonable measures that can be introduced to manage the safety of the events, participants, volunteers and the general public.

The HSBC UK National BMX Supercross Series.

Regional racing and non-competitive events e.g. sportives

Currently we believe that regional races are more likely to return sooner due to shorter travel distances, fewer event personnel involved and the expectation that they will attract lower spectator numbers. However, due to the current Government guidelines on social distancing we feel that now is the right time to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension.

As with international and national racing, we will adopt a risk management approach which means that some disciplines or events can return ahead others if the format allows the safety of all to be managed appropriately.

We have also taken the decision to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020 for Sportives and other non-competitive events. As with regional racing, we will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the extension.


Club and group activity

The third category of activity is other club and group activity, such as coaching, instructing and leading, club rides, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar. It is likely that these activities can be reintroduced at shorter notice, with a greater degree of flexibility, with appropriate guidance and measures to manage risk ensuring compliance with Government guidelines and emerging industry best practice. As such we will be extending the current suspension until 4 July 2020 to be consistent with the stages announced by Government. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give two weeks’ notice of any changes.

Ken Bainbridge memories

I remember Ken winning the Carnival race in 1956. I was 13 at the time. He came over the line, and the first thing he did after he stopped was fumble in his jersey pocket after his fags, and lit up immediately.

He helped me and quite a few others when we were starting out, including Arthur Metcalfe and Ted Scurr. Took me to a lot of races when he was almost the only person with a car.

I put a note about his passing, on the 60’s remembered fb group, and there were quite a few people who remembered him, especially those who worked together with him on the Milk Race, and some of the Milk Race riders too.

RIP Ken.


Dave Hill

Ken Bainbridge 19-02-1930 17-04-2020


Ken Bainbridge – life member, Hartlepool Cycling Club.


Ken was given his first bike when aged 11, he passed what we now call “the 11 Plus” becoming a pupil at Brinkburn Grammar School. That bike was to become the start of a lifelong passion for “cycling”. Leaving school at 16, he along with a few schoolmates became active tourists and members of the Youth Hostels Association. Soon becoming attracted to the competitive side of the sport and joining the Teesside Road Club. Primarily on account of it’s winning ways in time trials. But with conscription still in force, his fledgeling career with the Trustees Savings Bank was interrupted, as was his cycling. Ken  became a soldier, serving in the Royal Army Pay Corps in Kenya until 1950. Upon return home and back to cycling, he joined the more local North Eastern Road Club. Finally settling with what was then called the West Hartlepool Cycling Club. Bak home in 1950,  Ken made a plan to organise a circuit race on the Hartlepool Trading Estate. A race he won, repeating that performance in 1954. Over the years, in WHCC colours he raced in time trials up to 12 hours duration, circuit and road races, competing well into his 40’s. For variety and along with John Hubbard, they set a number of “place to place ” records in the area – on a tandem ! All of that as well as becoming ever more involved in committee activities where his banking experience was valued.There was much we shared together. We agreed the need to widen our range of social activities. The Queens Rink or the Town Hall being the places to meet young ladies – the Saturday night ballroom dance. Jointly, we enrolled at the Joffre School of Dance. Learning “one – two- three – hitch, repeating one – two – three – hitch”. Practice did not make us perfect but most of the time, we managed to stay in time with the music. Ken’s sister joined us and we subsequently became a “twosome”, marrying in 1957. Dorothy was also a keen cyclist, riding time trials along with club rides each Sunday under the guidance of Dick Nelson. A father figure within the club.


Upon retirement from racing, he qualified within the British Cycling Federation, becoming one of the leading officials across all branches of cycle sport, his services been in constant demand. Going on to officiate at world and national championships  including the international Milk Race – Tour of Britain. Ultimately receiving an award as its longest serving official.

Upon retirement from TSB, be qualified as an Official Sampling Officer with the Sports Council, travelling far and wide in connection with anti-doing controls, applicable to athletes.


It had always been his intention to return to Hartlepool, the place he loved. Allowing him to participate with club mates in social gatherings. Sharing memories of old times. This he did to the end of his days.


Finally, the family intends to arrange a gathering in Hartlepool, for his many friends,  when the present restrictions are removed.


A life well lived and a friend to all who had the good fortune to know him.

R.I.P Ken          



British Cycling has developed HSBC UK Let's Ride Local to further support families riding during the lockdown


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British Cycling has today unveiled a new microsite – HSBC UK Let’s Ride Local – to provide support, encouragement and activity ideas for families cycling during the lockdown.

The resource has been developed in response to an increase in the number of families cycling together since the Government introduced its social distancing measures at the end of March, with data from Sport England showing that 18% of those who are currently cycling are doing so with children in their household. Figures released by Cycling Scotland earlier this month also highlighted an increase in cycling levels across Scotland.

Ahead of the launch of the new site, British Cycling Chief Executive Julie Harrington said:

“It’s always wonderful to see families out riding their bikes together, and with the recent warm weather and quieter roads we know that many more are being inspired to do the same. Through our fun activities and practical tips we wanted to make family riding as enjoyable, seamless and memorable as possible, especially for those giving it a go for the first time.

“While the current enthusiasm for bike riding is encouraging, we are acutely aware that a surge in the number of vehicles on the road post-lockdown will inevitably see many bikes packed away in sheds just as quickly as they’ve been taken out. At British Cycling we are working hard to ensure that as we emerge from this period, we learn the lessons of the past and bring about a healthier, happier and greener future.”

Luke Harper, Head of British Cycling Partnership at HSBC UK, said:

“Cycling is a great way to keep your body and mind active, and under the current measures this is more important than ever before. Through HSBC UK Let’s Ride Local we want to help people to enjoy their local area by bike right from their doorstep, and hopefully keep them exploring long into the future.”

Find out more at www.letsridelocal.co.uk, and share your rides with us using #LetsRideLocal.