Good morning all,
The club time trial tomorrow evening , Tuesday 21st June will be over 5 laps of the 5 mile course for the 25 mile championship trophy. There is also a trophy for winner on handicap and medals for second and third.
Our timekeepers are excellent at multi tasking so we can offer times at 5,10 and 15 miles if anyone would like to ride but not the full 25 miles. Let us know when signing on what distance you intend to ride.
I have been a member of the Mercia since 1975 and mid week club time time trials have been promoted every year in the season and as far as I am aware have been held every year since the club was formed in 1965. The only interruption has been for the duration of the Covid lockdown period. Since the lockdown, participation has been very much reduced and this season the trend has continued.
This situation is not exclusive to the Mercia: most clubs have reduced numbers in their club events with open events also receiving much reduced entry levels, even national championships having much less than their full field limit of 120 riders.
We have a nucleus of much appreciated volunteer marshals and timekeepers without whose help the events could not be held but with this level of support we do need to consider it we should continue to run the midweek club time trials. A decision to run these events in 2023 has to be made and dates required submitted for the calendar by the end of December this year.
Something to consider, feedback over the late summer will be appreciated. If anyone has ideas of what other types of summer events would be supported and volunteer to organise them this feedback will also be welcome.
The weather forecast is good for tomorrow evening with a light NNW breeze which is helpful on the course so tomorrow would be a good time to give it a try even if you only want to ride one or two laps. Come along and support the intrepid riders willing to climb the hill five times!!
Good luck everybody, stay safe,