During the warmer months the club holds a season of time trial events. These take place every Thursday evening (20 April until 31 August in 2023) from the local town of Lavenham, based at the public car park beside the Cock public house opposite the church. We have four courses varying in length from 8.3 to 13 miles.
We welcome visiting and new riders to our time trials, but riders must be a member of Cycle Club Sudbury or another Club affiliated to Cycling Time Trials (CTT), for insurance purposes.
For further details, use the link below. For weekly Results and Points Series Results, see the postings at the foot of the home page.
Per evening: CCS 1st and 2nd claim members; £4-00. Members of other clubs; £5-00
For CCS 1st and 2nd claim members, target times for the 2023 season are here
The Time Trial schedule planned for the 2023 season is as follows:
|THURSDAY EVENING TIME TRIAL SERIES; 2023|
|April 20th||Lavenham 10||10m||18:45|
|April 27th||Brent Eleigh||8.2m||18:45|
|May 4th||Acton Circuit||8.3m||18:45|
|May 11th||Hitcham Hilly||13m||19:00|
|May 18th||Brent Eleigh||8.2m||19:00|
|May 25th||Lavenham 10; Interclub; Colchester Rovers||10m||19:00|
|June 1st||Lavenham 10||10m||19:00|
|June 8th||Acton Circuit||8.3m||19:30|
|June 15th||Hitcham Hilly||13m||19:30|
|June 22nd||Lavenham 10; Interclub; West Suffolk Wheelers||10m||19.00|
|June 29th||Lavenham 10||10m||19.30|
|July 6th||Brent Eleigh||8.2m||19:30|
|July 13th||Acton Circuit||8.3m||19:30|
|July 20th||Hitcham Hilly||13m||19:30|
|July 27th||Lavenham 10 – Club Championship||10m||19:30|
|August 3rd||Brent Eleigh||8.2m||19:30|
|August 10th||Hitcham Hilly||13m||19:00|
|August 17th||Acton Circuit||8.3m||19:00|
|August 24th||Jonathan Weatherley Memorial TT; Lavenham 10||10m||18:45|
|August 31st||Brent Eleigh||8.2m||18:45|
A pleasant course (not too hilly), leaving Lavenham towards Sudbury, left through Little Waldingfield, left again at Milden crossroads to Brent Eleigh, and back into Lavenham on the road from Bildeston. Length 8.2 miles.
All distances given (approx) are from the start.
Start in Sudbury Road Lavenham, on the B1071, by the telegraph pole opposite Potland Lane. Proceed towards Sudbury. After 2.8 miles, turn left (marshal) onto B1115. Continue through Little Waldingfield, and at 5.6 miles (direction sign) turn left at Milden crossroads. After descending hill, at 6.3 miles, turn left (marshal) onto A1141 (adverse camber). Continue to finish at the north side of the entrance road to 14 – 20, Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham, at 8.2 miles.
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Image repoduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey.
Leaves Lavenham downhill towards Long Melford, left through Acton to Great Waldingfield, then back to Lavenham on the rising road from Sudbury.
Length 8.2 miles.
All distances given (approx) are from start
Start at Howletts garage Lavenham on the Melford Rd past side of garage, 5m past telegraph pole 81. Proceed towards Long Melford.
In 2.7 miles, 300m after Z bends at bottom of hill, turn left (direction sign) at T junction with grass triangle (marshal) to Acton.
Continue through Acton.
At 4.5 miles bear right into Ten Tree Road (direction sign), signposted Gt Waldingfield/Sudbury.
At 5 miles, turn sharp left (direction sign) at T junction (marshal) onto B1115/B1071.
Continue on B1071 to Lavenham to finish at entrance to Howletts garage opposite telegraph pole 88 after 8.2 miles.
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Image reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance Survey.
As the name implies, this is the hilliest of our four courses, leaving Lavenham for Bildeston, north to Hitcham, turning left towards Brettenham, then back to Lavenham past the ‘top’ of Preston St Mary. Distance 13 miles.
All distances given (approx) are from start.
Start in Lower Road Lavenham at entrance road to Clayhill Farm. After 170m, turn left onto A1141.
Continue through Brent Eleigh, Monks Eleigh.
At end of Monks Eleigh, after 3.9 miles, straight ahead (direction sign) on B1115 towards Bildeston (main road goes right).
At 5.7 miles, turn left (marshal) into Bildeston High Street, and through village.
At 7.3 miles, at White Horse PH Hitcham, turn left, then bear right after 70m (marshal) over culvert (oncoming traffic has priority).
At 9.7 miles, direction sign, turn left at T (grass triangle) towards Preston/Lavenham.
Continue to finish at entrance to pumping station before first house on left in Preston Road, Lavenham, at 13 miles.
Image reproduced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Image reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance Survey.
We use the Lavenham Open 10 (B10/39R) course on Thursday evenings.
LAVENHAM OPEN 10 (B10/39R) COURSE DETAILS
The course is 10 miles, and is a simple out and back course from Lavenham to Sudbury.
All distances given (approx) are from the start.
Start on Sudbury Road, B1071, in Lavenham by telegraph pole opposite Potland lane near church.
Proceed south on B1071 towards Sudbury. After 2.7 miles, bear right where B1115 joinsfrom left, continue through Gt Waldingfield to mini roundabout (marshal) at 4 miles, take 2nd exit right to Sudbury. At 5.3 miles, at Chilton roundabout (2 marshals) (junction with Churchfield Road), encircle roundabout and retrace on B1115, 1st exit at mini roundabout (marshal) at 6.7 miles, retrace through Gt Waldingfield, at 8 miles continue on B1071 to Lavenham, to finish at access to storage units approx 100m before 30mph Lavenham sign, after 10 miles. DO NOT STOP AT FINISH.
LAVENHAM OPEN 10 (B10/39) COURSE MAP;
Reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance Survey
TO RIDE A TIME TRIAL, FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES IT IS NECESSARY TO BE A MEMBER OF CCS OR TO BE A MEMBER OF ANOTHER CTT (CYCLING TIME TRIALS) AFFILIATED CLUB.
RIDING TIME TRIALS (excerpts from CTT and CCS full rules)
NOTE: before you take part in any time trial, whether it is an open event or a club event, it is important that you read the following and that you fully understand the rules and regulations. These notes are extracts from Cycling Time Trials Handbooks and Regulations, and CCS Rules. There are additional Regulations regarding Open events.
1. TIME TRIALS. The minimum distance for a time trial is generally 10 miles, but shorter races are permitted for Club events. There are also 25, 30, 50, 100 mile and even 12hr. and 24hr events, as well as Special distance and Hill Climb events. All Open Events are detailed in the CTT Handbook.
Riders start at one minute intervals, or sometimes more, and cover the course as fast as they are able ALONE and without taking pace from other competitors or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another rider must pass without receiving or giving shelter. The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaking.
2. ENTERING TIME TRIAL EVENTS. For insurance purposes, you must be a member of CCS or another club which is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials. Entry to Club events; We have a pre-booking system; email firstname.lastname@example.org after 6pm on Sunday and before 6pm on Tuesday before the time trial. On-line pre-payment required after your ride has been confirmed by email, and before the time trial. Please note we have a limit of 40 riders, with CCS 1st and 2nd claim riders taking precedence. If under 18 you must show the organizer a Parental Consent Form.
Entry to Open events is in advance before the closing date for the event (see CTT Handbook or website), either by post on a CTT entry form with the entry fee to the organizer, or on line via the CTT website.
3. MINIMUM AGE. The minimum age for competitors is 12 years. It is essential that young competitors know the Highway Code and are competent to ride on the roads alone, and have the authorization of their parents to complete ( if under 18 years of age) on a consent form, available at events’ signing on.
4. THE BICYCLE. This should be roadworthy. Triathlon bars with forearm supports, and equivalents, may be used. A solid disc wheel may be used at the rear of your bike but must not be fitted as the front wheel. Spoked and composite spoked (tri-spoked) wheels may be used. Use of breakable vessels for food or drinks is prohibited.
5. CLOTHING and HELMETS. Clothing is generally a short or long sleeved top or racing vest and shorts or training bottoms. Bright rather than dark clothing is recommended, for visibility. It is now compulsory (CTT Regulation and CCS rule) for all riders to wear a hard shell helmet that meets international accepted standards.
6. SAFETY AND VISIBILITY. A cyclist is less likely to be seen than a vehicle by drivers of other vehicles, and drivers may think you are travelling slower than you actually are. Think ahead at junctions and roundabouts. Bright rather than dark clothing is recommended. To improve visibility from the rear (as well as identifying the rider) all riders are required to wear a bright fluorescent number on their rear. It is a CCS and CTT rule for both CCS club events and CTT Open time trials that all riders must have working front and rear lights, either flashing or constant, fitted to the bicycle in a position visible to other road users, and active while the bicycle is in use.
7. OBSERVANCE OF THE LAW. All competitors in or the vicinity of the event must:
Observe the Highway Code and the law.
Not ride in a manner unsafe to themselves or other road users.
Ride on the left except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns.
Conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators.
In making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.
8. COURSES. Whilst Marshals are appointed to assist riders to get round the course, it is the riders responsibility to make sure they know the route to follow in the race. Route maps are displayed at the event HQ.
9. RIDING ON THE COURSE. No warming up or riding on the course (including passing the start) by competitors is allowed once an event has started.
10. U-TURNS. U-turns will not be permitted on the course or roads adjacent to the start and finish areas. The rider should dismount, check the road is clear in both directions, then with the machine walk across the road.
11. HEAD DOWN RIDING. Riders must keep a proper look-out at all times. Head down riding can normally result in suspension.
12. DNS. (did not start) and DNF (did not finish). Riders must inform the start timekeeper if they are not going to ride for whatever reason. Riders who fail to finish the course must inform the timekeepers. Riders must not approach the timekeepers to ask for their times until the event has finished.
13. ACCIDENTS, MEDICAL TREATMENT and DRUGS. If you have an accident during a race, even minor, you must report it as soon as possible. A person may not complete who is knowingly suffering from any disease, mental or physical disorder or is having medical treatment making it unsafe or undesirable to do so: or is receiving medical treatment which could include a proscribed substance.
EVENING TT POINTS SERIES RULES (see CCS full rules)
1. QUALIFYING EVENTS will be all the Thursday evening Time Trials organised by CCS in any one season, including Club Championships and Inter-Club competitions.
2. RIDERS ELIGIBLE to enter the competition will be all paid up first and second claim members. All classes (Vets, Seniors, Juniors, Juveniles and Ladies) will compete in the same single competition.
First and second claim members are eligible for the medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The Evening Points TT Series trophy will be awarded to the highest placed CCS first claim rider.
3. THE WINNER OF THE SERIES will be rider with the higher number of points at the end of the season. Points will be awarded to individuals as follows:
For each start = 5 points
For each finish = 5 points
For each one second improvement over his/her best time on each course = 1 point
For turning up, then event is cancelled = 5 points
Two-up riders will be awarded start/finish points, but not time improvement points.
4. BASE TIME. A rider’s base time for each year will be his/her fastest time on the course for the previous season increased by an allowance of 3 .5%. Where a rider has no recorded time for a course from the previous season, his/her first ride on each course will become his/her best time. Base times must be set on reasonably competitive bikes. Base times established on non competitive bikes will be disallowed unless that bike is ridden all year without modification. Full details on the CCS website.
5. MARSHALLING. All CCS riders must marshal at least once minimum per season but twice may be necessary. CCS riders who marshal will receive 30 points for the first marshal duty, 40 points for the second marshal duty. When a rider cannot meet his/her allocated marshal date he/she may swap dates, provided they tell the organiser first.
6. SIGNING ON. Riders must sign on 20 mins. before the start time.
Any rider arriving after the start sheet has been closed will not be allowed to ride.
7. ENTRY FEE. The following entry fees for the Evening Time Trial Series will apply.
Per season: To be ascertained when we know the length of the season
Per evening: CCs 1st and 2nd claim members:£5.