Important Reminder to Club Time Triallists

From Time Trial Secretary, Nick Hickman

With the Nomads’ TT events in now full swing, I would like to remind members of specific regulations set by CTT (the governing body in the UK for time trialling) concerning event safety.  Mostly it is all common sense, and if we keep in mind that “safety – not your performance – is the first priority”, then we are unlikely to go wrong.

Please be aware that concerns about the behaviour of cyclists have been raised from within one of the communities that our regular Tuesday evening events pass through.  In particular immediately after the “Dave Gudgin 25” on 26 May I was approached by one of the Old Warden Parish Councillors who reported that he had seen some potentially ill-judged overtaking manoeuvres around the traction engines that were steaming through the village at the same time as our event.  The Councillor is himself a keen cyclist who has stated that he “would like residents to support cycling and embrace it as part of the spectacle of life in our village”.   The feedback I have received from many of the riders indicates that they overtook safely with no fuss and indeed some felt that there had been some poor behaviour from one motorist.  However, the fact that the Councillor took the time and trouble to report this to me makes me anxious that we are careful to stay safe and not alienate the community towards our Club and to cycling in general.

The Club’s position is that it wishes for all road users (whether on a bicycle, on foot or using another mode of transport) to go about their business safely, legally and with due courtesy and respect to other users.  There has been no strong evidence of any misbehaviour by event officials, club riders or guests.  We have every right to compete, are regulated by CTT and have specific police permissions.

Below is a summary from the CTT regulations regarding conduct which must be adhered to by those competing (full set of rules and regulations available on the CTT website at http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/Regulations ):

  1. Observance of Regulations & Behaviour

(a)           Competitors, officials, helpers or members of affiliated clubs shall not act or behave in a manner such as to give offence to the public interest or such as to bring the sport into disrepute.
(b)           The onus of ensuring the observance of Regulations governing the promotion and conduct of events shall be upon the promoting body. Any member of an affiliated club procuring or assisting in procuring a breach of the Company’s Rules and Regulations shall be deemed to have committed a breach of such Rules and Regulations, and shall be liable to disciplinary action.
(c)            When a rider is suspended from competition he may not compete in any event held under the jurisdiction of the Company during the period of suspension.

  1. Observance of the Law

All competitors in, or in the vicinity of the event, must observe the law of the land relating to road use. In particular, but without prejudice to the general principles of this Regulation, competitors must:

(a)           not ride in a manner that is unsafe either to themselves or to other road users
(b)           ride on the left-hand side of the road except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns
(c)           conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators
(d)           in making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.

Event officials must not seek to regulate or interfere with other traffic.

Note: Where there has been an accident as a result of a competitor’s contravention of (a) above the competitor shall normally be subjected to a minimum effective period of suspension of six competitive months for a first offence and twelve months for a second offence.

  1. Reporting Accidents

If a competitor or an event official is involved in an accident in or in the vicinity of an event which either/or:

(a)           results in personal injury
(b)           involves a third party
(c)            is reported to the police

he must report the circumstances to the Event Secretary as soon as possible. The Event Secretary shall ensure that a full report is submitted to the National Secretary and the appropriate District Secretary within fourteen days of the accident. The District Secretary shall notify the National Secretary of the District Committee’s findings when its investigations into the accident have been concluded.

When a competitor is involved in an accident with a stationary vehicle, the appropriate District Committee MUST hold an investigation in accordance with Cycling Time Trials Rule 2(a) as a matter of urgency.

All accidents involving serious injury or death MUST be reported to the National Secretary immediately it is practical to do so.

I would like to be clear to all competitors that if anyone is found to not be conducting themselves in a suitable manner, especially through the villages and towards the local residents, then I will have no hesitation in disqualifying that competitor and refusing their future entry to Club events. Please also bear in mind that although in the heat of the moment it may seem tempting to overtake that slow moving car going through a village, or take a risk at a junction, anyone who is involved in an accident (which does not necessarily have to involve a third party) and found to be liable will automatically receive a 6 month suspension by the CTT from all competition.  This includes Club events, Interclub events and Open events. We have been in the fortunate position as to not have anyone suspended for many years, and personally I would like to keep it that way, so that we can all continue to participate in the sport that we love.

I look forward to a continued well attended and successful season with lots of personal bests achieved and perhaps some course records broken. The emphasis of the Club events is to push ourselves hard and form friendly rivalries with those at a similar ability, but most importantly to stay safe and have fun.

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