Midland VTTA has a Challenge to Suit You

There are three different ways you can choose to compete with the Midland Group, and this season guide shows you how you can take part in 2018.

  • Season long series
    • Best All Rounder Competitions
      • Best on standard over 25, 50 and 100 miles
      • Best on standard over two 10, and two 25 mile time trials
    • Echelon / VTTA Points series
      • Your best 4 place rides on Midlands’ (or ‘K’ listed) courses during the season
    • Best placings in the 4 VTTA featured events.
  • Personal challenge of beating your ‘standard time’ over any standard distance
  • Set an age related record

No matter what your age and ability, there is something to challenge yourself on with the VTTA. All you need to do is to join the Midland VTTA.

You can join by downloading an application form at www.vtta.org.uk  or, alternatively e-mail alan.colburn@martley.org to get your membership form and to join.

Your Guide to the VTTA Midlands 2018 Racing Season

Below we set out a guide to the events, competitions, awards and trophies open to members of VTTA Midlands for 2018 to help you plan your season. There is something here for all riders so please read through and identify some events and awards you could use to target and motivate your cycling this year.

Standard Times and Pluses

Our events, competitions and trophies are often based on ‘standard times’. Experienced VTTA members will be familiar with Standards. For those who are new they can be something of a mystery! Very briefly, Standards are a carefully designed handicap system which provide a level playing field for vets of all ages and for both men and women. Your actual time is compared to your ‘standard time’, which depends on your age and sex, to give you a ‘plus’ time. Results ‘on standard’ are then based on riders’ pluses (or minuses, in some cases). The winner with the biggest plus will be ‘Best on Standard’ (BOS).

There is quite a helpful guide on the VTTA national site at http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/Standard-Awards.php

The Standard Tables can be found at



VTTA Midlands Trophies for 2018
Here is the list of trophies we will be awarding for 2018 in our championship events

  1. Event Trophies

Trophy                                 Awarded for              Event                      Course             Date
Williams Rose Bowl      BOS men          VTTA 10                            K48/10            21st April

Bart Cup                      BOS women                VTTA 10                       K48/10            21st April


Billy Steer Cup             BOS men                     Walsall RCC                 K48/23             20th May

Bricknell Cup               BOS women                 Walsall RCC                 K48/23             20th May


Wells Cup                         BOS men                   Mids CTT                     K33/50            15th July

Victory Cup                      BOS women             Mids CTT                     K33/50            15th July  

Stokes Cup                       Actual fastest            Mids CTT                      K33/50             15th July


Birks Cup                          BOS                            Coventry CC                K11/10T          11th Aug                                        

Note: BOS = Best on Standard

VTTA Midlands Open Events

Please support the two open events we are organising this year:

Joint VTTA/LVRC          K47/16           7th April
Our annual ‘match’ with the LVRC for the Welland trophy.

VTTA Midlands 10       K48/10            21st April

As there is no VTTA Open 25 event this year the counting event for the trophies associated with that will be awarded in Walsall RCC 23, on 20th May.


VTTA Midlands Points Series

The Points Series is sponsored by Echelon Cycles – with our thanks to Tim Wood.

To qualify for the series you have to ride a minimum of 4 open events on Midlands ‘K’ courses. Points are awarded according to your placing ‘on standard’ in each event adjusted by the number of riders in the event. So riders of all ages and both men and women are competing on a level playing field in the Points Series. Your best 4 results count towards your total for the competition. Prizes will be awarded to:

  • The top 10 riders in the series on classification
  • The best improver in terms of increased points scored over their total for their 4 best events in the 2018 season
  • Team prize – best club team calculated by adding the points for each of their 4 best riders.
  • Les Lowe Trophy       Furthest distance ridden in open events on ‘K’ courses taken from a rider’s events recorded on the CTT Midlands Points System.

Steve Lockwood kindly compiles the Points Series results for us and these will be published regularly on the CTT Midlands site and on our own VTTA Midlands site.

Featured Midland VTTA Events

We have 4 events which are featured in this year’s VTTA racing calendar: VTTA Mids 16 (7th April), VTTA 10 (21st April), Walsall RCC 23 (20th May), and Mids CTT 50 (15th July).
Ride all 4 events and your cumulative standard times will be entitle you to enter these competitions, depending on your age

    • Massie Cup      Awarded to the rider BOS aged 65 and over
    • Jones Cup         Awarded to the rider BOS aged 50 to 64 
    • Nomads Cup    Awarded to the rider BOS aged under 50


The following trophies are based on performances over the season.

Trophy                  Awarded for

Cyclo Shield        Best All Rounder – men and women Best All Rounder (BAR) – BOS performance across any open 25, 50 and 100 miles 

Bayliss Cup         Women’s Short Distance BAR – BOS performance across any two open 10 mile and any two open 25 mile time trials 

Godiva Cup         Men’s Short distance BAR – BOS performance across any two open 10 mile and any two open 25 mile time trials

Claims for the Bayliss Cup, Cyclo Shield and Godiva Cup must be made at the end of the season and submitted to the Competitions Secretary. There will a claim form on the website and in the Standard Times.


1. Have a go at achieving Standards Awards.

A brief introduction to the standards system was given above.

First time claim:  If it is your first attempt at a Standards award you WILL get it! All you have to do is:

  • 1. Fill in an application form at the start of the season before your race(s)
  • 2. Send the form with your fee to Alan Colburn (address at the back of this Standard Times). 
    • For £10 you can claim for as many distances as you want from 10, 15, 25, 30, 50, 100, 12 and 24 hours.
      If you are planning to make Standards a goal for your season, and coming seasons, this is the one to go for. 
    • If you want to make  a single standard attempt it is £3, or any number of attempts at one distance is £4, or any number of attempts at 2 distances is £7
      So, if Standards are your thing for this and coming seasons, it makes sense to go for all distances and then claim for all those you set, particularly if you are planning on riding all types of events.  
  • 3. You can enter and ride as many open events as you wish at the standard distances you are going for.
  • 4. You can then claim your Standard(s) by sending your result sheet(s) for the events ridden to Steve Jenks, ensuring he gets them before the last week of October. There is a claim form with which to do that. 
  • What awards do I get? A medal with your name and club on with the distance and a plus or minus compared to standard for each distance you have claimed for. If you claim four or more awards you can have them engraved on a plaque. Good value or what?
  • Second year and after claims – as above but you will need to improve on your plus or minus for any distance you have claimed for previously. And there’s the challenge. Each year you can aim to maintain your standard.
  • The standards application form and the standards claim form can be found at the back of Standard Times, and on the National VTTA website.

2. Have a go at a National Competition – AND be part of a Group team 

There are three national competitions and they are all based on your total plus against standard for the distance. They don’t cost you anything and you are given a National position at the end of the year!

a) Short Distance Competition: Your best results for the season in two open 10s and in two open 25s.  

b) Three Distance Competition: Your best times in open events at 25, 50 and 100 miles.  

c) BAR (Best All Rounder): Your best results in an open 25, 50, 100 miles and a twelve hour.

For each of the three National competitions the best 3 Midlands performances are totalled and each VTTA group is awarded a position. The best three in the Midlands VTTA are also awarded a plaque in each of the three competitions.

For these three competitions, at the end of the season you send your best results for each competition on a claim form with the results sheets to Steve Jenks - closing date is 18th October.  (If claimants want their results sheets returned, they should include a stamped self-addressed envelope.) The claim forms are found on the National site at http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/forms.php 

 Even if you do not get the results you wanted, if you enter any of the three competitions above, you may well make up the three that we need to be recognised and given a position as a Group nationally.

Midlands VTTA Age Records

There are men’s and women’s records for all ages from 40 on for 10, 25, and 50 miles (and 100 and 12 hour if any are run on K courses).

The criteria for an age record claim are:

  • They must be set on a K course
  • Time must be set in an open, not in a club, event
  • There will be records for bicycles only at first
  • The applicant must be a member of the Midlands VTTA on the day the time was set
  • Age will be taken as the riders age on the day of the event – if the event is on their birthday, their age ON THAT DAY will be taken 
  • Applications can be made at any time in the year.

Members putting in applications for Standards, BAR, Short Distance or Three Distance competition will automatically have their times compared to existing records and the record updated as appropriate.

This means that they may achieve a record mid-season but it may be superseded before these applications are sent to me at the end of the season. To avoid this, if any member wants a record considered DURING the season, they need to send a record claim form to Steve Jenks together with a result sheet. This can be done by post or by email with results attached. The claim forms are on the Midlands site. The updated records will be on an excel spreadsheet and, again, will be on our site in the near future.

See further updates on these competitions and records on the VTTA Group Midlands facebook page.