National Competitions

As a member of the Midlands VTTA Group, you can also take part in numerous national competitions.  Here's a guide, written by Midlands Chairman Andrew Simpkins.

National Championship Events

The VTTA organises National Championships at 10, 25, 30, 50, 100 miles and 12 and 24 hours. At the Annual Lunch I said I hoped the Midlands Group could field a team for these events. However at the National AGM the following Saturday it was decided to only award prizes to best club at these events in 2015. However the idea of Group prizes did receive quite a lot of support and we intend to table a motion to introduce Group prizes in 2016. The Walsall RCC intend to send a club team to a number of the championships and we wish them the very best success.

Season Long Competitions

There are 3 competitions and all competitors are listed in the annual results at the end of the season. You may not be up for riding a 12 hour in the BAR but how about the 3 distance or short distance competition and see how you compare against all other vets in the country? We will be awarded a prize to the best Midlands finishers in these competitions.

Best All Rounder (BAR) Competition

The Best All Rounder Competition is a season long competition in which competitors have to complete events at 25 miles, 50 miles 100 miles and 12 hours. Riders compare their actual performance against standard performance. The "plus" for the 12 hour is converted, using a conversion factor, into an equivalent 200 mile plus. The resulting plusses are then weighted to ensure a balance between the various events. The Champion is the rider with the highest aggregate weighted plusses.

Three Distance Competition

The Three Distance Competition runs throughout each season and competitors must complete rides at 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. After each event a rider will compare his/her actual performance against "Standard". The resulting plusses are weighted to ensure a balance between the various events. The Champion is the rider with the highest aggregate weighted plusses.

Short Distance Competition

The Short Distance Competition runs throughout each season and competitors must complete two rides at 10 miles and two rides at 25 miles. After each event a rider will compare his/her actual performance against "Standard". The resulting plusses are weighted to ensure a balance between the various events. The Champion is the rider with the highest aggregate weighted plusses.

For more details on all the national events and competitions see the VTTA website

Standard Medals

Experienced VTTA members will be familiar with Standards. For those who are new they can be something of a mystery! There is quite a helpful guide on the VTTA national site at http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/Standard-Awards.php

Basically standard medals can be gained at all the main time trial distances. In the first year you just have to beat the ‘standard time’ for your age which is shown on the ‘standard tables’. There are separate tables for men and women. In subsequent seasons you get an age adjustment but you have to improve on the ‘plus’ over standard you set in the previous season to win a standard medal. 2015 will be my 19th season of going for standards and I still find them a valuable motivator to keep up performances year on year and to see how many distances I can get my standard at each season. If you have not ridden for standards before, or you have lost track of when you last competed, why not set yourself some goals for standards in 2015?