Veterans Time Trials Association Surrey/Sussex Group
If you are over 40, ride a bike and live around Surrey, Sussex or South London then the VTTA Surrey/Sussex group may be right for you.
What we do:
As a VTTA Surrey/Sussex member, you are part of the nationwide VTTA organisation. Members receive the Annual Handbook and the Quarterly magazine “The Veteran”. Members are eligible to take part in VTTA events throughout the country, including the National Championships, and to enter the National Competitions (4 distance, 3 distance and short distance Best All Rounder). The National VTTA organisation maintains a website at www.vtta.org.uk where you can read news and information about its events, competitions and records. There is Surrey/Sussex Group area there.
VTTA Age Standards
The major basis of competition in VTTA events is the age standard, this being a unique handicapping system based upon the competitor's age.
A table is published in the National handbook and on the VTTA website, which sets for each distance a standard time (or distance), for each year of age. The rider's actual performance is then subtracted from their age standard and the result forms their 'plus' (or 'minus' in the circumstances where the standard is less than the actual performance). For example, if a 50 year old male does a time of 1.05.00 at 25 miles against his age standard of 1.08.03 he then would be credited with doing a 'plus' of 3 mins 03 secs.
The majority of awards in VTTA events are based upon the riders achieving the greatest plus, although there may also be awards for fastest actual time and Age Band awards.
The VTTA collects age, distance and time data in CTT events and uses it to update standards as the performance of the average rider improves over time.
As a VTTA Surrey/Sussex member, you benefit from its affiliations to the following organisations:
Cycling Time Trials (CTT) https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/
The CTT is the National Governing Body for Cycling Time Trials. You have to be part of an affiliated group or club to enter its events, and through VTTA Surrey/Sussex Group’s affiliation, our members get that right. Members should go to the CTT site and create an account and use it for entering time trials. Members enter all VTTA events on the CTT site (not the VTTA site note!). Through the CTT you can get to ride on some the best and fastest time trial courses in the UK.
Sussex Cycling Association (SCA) https://www.sussexca.org.uk/
SCA runs time trials and other cycling events in the Sussex area. If you’re a VTTA Surrey/Sussex member, you can win awards in their events and competitions, including the Sussex Best All Rounder, Sussex SPOCO, Sussex Championships and Sussex Championship Points Competition. For more information see their website.
East Sussex Cycling Association (ESCA) https://eastsussexca.org.uk/
ESCA runs time trials and other cycling events in the East Sussex area. If you are a VTTA Surrey/Sussex member, you can win awards in their events and competitions such as Best All Rounder (BAR). For more information see their website.
VTTA Surrey/Sussex Group Trophies
Group members are eligible for the following trophies:
PALMER TROPHY: presented to the Surrey/Sussex Group by S.E. Harvey Esq., for the Best-all-Rounder. Awarded to the best man on age standard over 25, 50, 100 miles & 12 hours.
WALLY PERKINS CUP: presented by the Kentish Wheelers for Ladies' Best-all-Rounder. Awarded to the best lady on age standard over 25, 50, 100 miles & 12hours. If no lady rides a 12 hour it is awarded to the best lady on age standard for 25, 50 & 100 miles.
JIM BALLARD MEMORIAL TROPHY: awarded to the Winner of The Three Distance competition. Best rider on age standard over 25, 50 & 100 miles.
CHARLES ROBSON CUP: presented by Charles Robson for the Winner of the Ladies' Short Distance Competition. Best lady on age standard over 10, 25 & 50 miles.
STAN HARVEY MEMORIAL CUP: presented by the Kentish Wheelers. Awarded to the best on age standard in the Summer 10 mile event.
WILF HOW TROPHY: presented by Wilf How. Awarded to the Club Team of 3 with the best aggregate on age standard in the Summer 10 mile event.
ROBIN BUCHAN MEMORIAL TROPHY: awarded to the best on age standard at 25 miles in a specified event.
POUND HILL TROPHY: presented by Reg Dawkins. Awarded to the Club Team of 3 with the best aggregate on age standard at 25 miles event in a specified event.
ALDERSHOT '50' CUP: awarded to the best on standard in the Group 50 mile event which this year is incorporated with the Anerley BC 50 mile event.
AUBREY WENMAN TROPHY: presented by the Bec CC. Awarded to the best on age standard in the Bec C.C. 25 mile event.
MICK BURGESS MEMORIAL 30 MILE TROPHY: best Surrey/Sussex Member on Standard 30 Miles – Lewes Wanderers CC ‘30’.
SPORTSMAN of the YEAR TROPHY: presented by R.W. Dawkins and F.G. Peachey. Awarded to the member/s who has/have made a significant contribution towards benefiting our group.