Hafren CC Local and Competition Rules

Time Trial Rules and Regulations

The following rules are for local guidance only.  All Hafren CC Time Trials are conducted under CTT rules and regulations. Competitors must familiarise themselves with CTT rules as printed in the current CTT handbook or website, which are available from  CTT Rules and Regulations. Penalties for breach of rules will not be avoided by pleading ignorance.

Please note the following rule change for 2022

No competitor shall be permitted to start either a Type A or Type B event unless such competitor has affixed to the front of their machine a working white light and rear of their machine a working rear red light, both lights can be either flashing or constant, that are illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users.

No lights – no ride.  This is non-negotiable.

In addition to CTT Rules and Regulations CTT, Liverpool District Regulation shall apply

U’ Turns

Riders must not make ‘U’ turns either within sight of the start or finish of any event, or between points specified by the event organiser. Any rider observed making a ‘U’ turn in contravention of this regulation could be disqualified from the event. Any rider who makes repeated ‘U’ turns may be subject to disciplinary action.  A U-turn is defined as a 180 degree turn completed within the highway whilst astride the machine

The following notice should appear on all start sheets and be communicated to riders in Type ‘B’ events.

Riders must not make ‘U’ turns (within sight of start and finish or between points specified by the event organiser). Any rider observed making a ‘U’ turn in contravention of this regulation could be disqualified from the event. Any rider who makes repeated ‘U’ turns may be subject to disciplinary action.

Use of Arm Numbers

Event organisers shall have the authority to require riders to wear arm numbers in addition to back numbers in any event where it is considered necessary to aid the safe and effective conduct of the event e.g. to assist timekeepers. Where required, all riders must start the event wearing arm numbers (single or double) as required by the organiser and make every effort to continue to wear and display them correctly throughout the event.

When Riders are required to wear arm numbers during an event, these will be available at event sign-on. Riders should wear them on their (left / left and right) upper arms. They must be worn at the start of the event so as to be clearly visible to event officials and marshals. Riders should make every effort to continue to wear and display them correctly throughout the event.

Rules and Regulations (Local)

1. The Competitions

1. Road Bike Series

Hafren CC runs men’s and women’s Road Bike TT series. Each event in the series counts towards these competitions. Please note, there is no overall club championship.

a. Competition Rules

Time Trial specific bike and bikes fitted with clip on aero bars are not permitted to enter this event.

Each event in the series counts towards the series winner for the Men’s and Women’s Series. Run as one event, points are awarded separately for men and women and are aggregated at the end of the series. Riders with the most points are adjudged the winner in the Men’s and Women’s Competitions.

b. Points

First placed rider in each is awarded 30 points, second place rider 29, reducing by one point for each finish place.

In the event of a tie for place each rider will receive the same points that their finishing position merits, with the next rider home being awarded points on their finishing position.

(For example 2 riders tying for first place will each receive 30 points, the next rider in, will therefore finish 3rd and will receive 28 points). 20th rider and below all receive 10 points.

DNF Riders are awarded 10 Points.

DNS Rides are not awarded any points.

2. TT Series

Hafren CC runs men’s and women’s TT series, with aged related categories (see  Categories). Each event in the series counts towards these competitions. Please note, there is no overall club championship.

 a. Competition Rules

Each event in the series counts towards the series winner for the Men’s and Women’s Series. Run as one event, points are awarded separately for men and women and are aggregated at the end of the series. The riders top 12 results are aggregated to determine the winners.

b. Points

Points shall be awarded the same for each gender category, with 30 points for the first man/woman, 29 for second, reducing by one point per place. In the event of a tie for place each rider will receive the same points that their finishing position merits, with the next rider home being awarded points on their finishing position. (For example 2 riders tying for first place will each receive 30 points, the next rider in, will therefore finish 3rd and will receive 28 points).

  1. Points will count towards the overall Men’s or Women’s trophy as well as the age-related trophies
  2. The club runs up to 17 qualifying events. Each competitor’s points are calculated from their top 12 results.

3. Road Bike Championships

The TTs series events also form the Road Bike Championships (Men’s and Women’s).  Riders on Road Bikes should record this on the start sheet to gain points for this series. The riders top 12 results are aggregated to determine the winners. No second or third place award is made.

4. Hill Climb Championship

This is a one of event and the trophies are awarded to the first Man, Woman and Junior.

5. Handicap Trophy

This is an occasional award (not every year) and for the most improved rider for the TT series. It is a joint event for women, men and juniors. The award is made to rider who shows exceptional improvement in average time in the season.

2. At the start and finish

  1. Time trial timekeepers need to concentrate on the job in hand in order to avoid errors and ensure accurate times. Riders must not interfere with this concentration by asking the timekeeper or assistant for times during the event. All times will be available shortly after the last rider finishes.
  2. Riders must not make U turns in the vicinity of the start or finish areas. This will lead to immediate disqualification. (Persistent offenders of any of the above may be suspended). Courses that only have a u turn to allow rides to return to the finish to collect personal belongings will have a designated turn area, which will be advised by the event officials. 
  3. Riders must call their numbers at the finish. Starting times for Club events are shown in the list of events. In order for you to warm up (if you wish) and for the field to be set out, it is necessary to sign on at least 20 minutes before the start time. Anyone arriving after this deadline may not be allowed to ride.
  4. Late Starters.

If you arrive after your start time you will not be able to start in your allotted place as riders must not start less than a minute before or more than a minute after another rider. The starting timekeeper may be able to allocate you a later starting place from a rider who has declared he cannot start, but in most circumstances, you will have to start a minute after the last allocated starting place. Your lateness in reporting to the start will constitute the penalty and may be added to the time calculated from your new start position.

3. Safety and Visibility

 a. General

Competitors must understand that whilst riding on the public highway a high standard of road sense is necessary.

Riders MUST NOT

Ride head down

Ride past the FINISH timekeeper once the event has started (e.g. warming up)

Turn dangerously

Obstruct the road at the start or finish of an event

      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. 

b. Protective Helmets

All competitors must wear a properly affixed helmet which must be of hard / soft shell construction.

Helmets should conform to a recognised Standard such as SNELL B95, ANSI Z90.4, AUS/NZS 2063:96, DIN 33-954, CPSC or EN 1078. It is the responsibility of the rider (or parent or guardian if the rider is under 18 years of age) to:

  1. Select a Helmet that offers protection against head injury and does not restrict the rider’s vision or hearing.
  2. Ensure that the helmet is properly fitted, is undamaged and in good condition.

c. 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.

d. Lights

CTT Regulation state that no competitor shall be permitted to start either a Type A or Type B event unless such competitor has affixed to the front of their machine a working white light and rear of their machine a working rear red light, both lights can be either flashing or constant, that are illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users.

No lights – no ride.  This is non-negotiable.

e. Observance of the Law

All competitors in 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.

 

f. Accidents and Medical Treatment

  1. If you have an accident during a race, even minor, you must report it as soon as possible. 
  2. For most people, cycling is a safe and effective form of exercise. If you have any health concerns or an existing medical problem, see your GP before you start. 

 g. Marshals

Where 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

Marshals are provided to enhance visibility to other road users and show that a cycle event is being run. They should point the direction the rider is to travel at junctions and roundabouts. They must not interfere with the rider, attempt to direct traffic and provide instructions as to road safety. Each rider must assess their own progress at junctions and not rely on instructions from marshals.

5. Entrance Regulations

All Hafren CC TT Series events are run as CTT ‘come and try’ events. For insurance purposes riders must be a member of Hafren CC or another CTT affiliated club. Riders who are not members of Hafren CC or another CTT affiliated club can enter on a ‘come and try basis’ for a maximum of 3 events. Points are only awarded to Hafren CC members who have paid their subscription before riding and cannot be awarded retrospectively. Consequently, members who have not renewed or those having ridden on a ‘come and try’ basis will not be awarded points for those events until their subscription has been paid.

Entry fee per TT :- £4.00 (including £3.00 CTT levy)

6. Categories

Category Age 
Schoolboy/Schoolgirl 12- 15
Junior  16 -17
Senior  18-39
Veteran 40-49
Senior Vets  50-59
Grand Vet  60 +