Competitions

Competitions Explained

There are three National Competitions held each season. During the season you have to complete the necessary qualifying rides for each competition. You can have as many attempts as you wish at any distance (or time for 12 hours) but they must be in open events (those listed on the CTT website or a Scottish Cycling event). There is no entry fee for these competitions.

To enter a competition you should first link your CTT and VTTA accounts so that your results will get transferred to the VTTA website where the competition results are displayed. You should also register for those competitions in which you wish to participate. For more information on linking your accounts, see the Guidance Note for Linking VTTA and CTT Accounts

Results are updated throughout the season for all qualifying rides. At the end of the season the final results are shown for the riders who have completed all the qualifying rides for the competition.

Best All Rounder (BAR) Competition

The BAR Competition is an annual season long competition in which competitors have to complete events at 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours. Riders performance is taken as their Best Plus performance at each of these distances. 

The resulting plus times are then adjusted to ensure a balance between the various events. All qualifying riders are then listed in order of their aggregate adjusted plusses with the men's  and women's Champions having the highest total. The adjustment factors are 2.5 for 10 miles, 1 for 25 miles, 0.5 for 50 miles and 0.25 for 100 miles. For the 12 hour the plus in miles is multiplied by a conversion factor (130.5 from 2020), to calculate an equivalent plus in time for a 200 mile time trial and is then multiplied by an adjustment factor of 0.1.

It sounds complicated but basically all you have to do is ride as fast as you can! The competition calculations just allow riders of different ages and both men and women to compete on a level playing field (which is what standard times and plusses are all about).

Three Distance Competition

This works the same way as the BAR competition but riders only have to complete rides at 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. Riders performance is again taken as their Best Plus performance at each of these distances with adjustment factors for each distance like in the BAR. All qualifying riders are then listed in order of their aggregate adjusted plusses with the men's and women's Champions having the highest total.

Short Distance Competition

Again the same principles apply as for the BAR and 3 Distance but for The Short Distance Competition competitors must complete two rides at 10 miles and two rides at 25 miles. Riders performance is again taken as their Best Plus performance in the four events. All qualifying riders are then listed in order of their aggregate adjusted plusses with the men and women's Champions having the highest total.

Note: National Championships

Each year we also organise National Championship events at 10,15,25,30,50 and 100 miles and at 12 and 24 hours. You can find details of these events here