- EL 2022 information can be found on these tabs please read all tabs for the changes.
- Fill in the registration form on this page (done once per year at the start of the EL league)
- Make the payment using the paypal button
- Go to the main EL page and check over all the buttons. http://deeside.org/evening-league-2/
- Enter each race by filling in the race entry form
- Check the start sheet
CHANGES FOR 2022
The situation with regard to COVID has changed and this means that we can relax some of our previous constraints, although the need remains for a sensible degree of social distancing and for good hygiene.
We are now able to offer Race HQ facilities again, at Garlogie, at Drumoak Church Hall and at Hatton of Fintray Village Hall. For races starting in Echt and Dunecht, the race HQ will be Garlogie; some of you may choose to park in the vicinity of the start and finish areas; if you do so choose, then please park considerately. We will retain, for another season the system whereby riders get themselves underway and we will also plan to issue riders with a “series” number for the year, rather than a separate number each week.
NON COVID RELATED CHANGES
This year, we have 13 events on the calendar for you to choose from. We have 2 categories to race in – time trial bike and road bike; some courses will favour the former, others, perhaps, the latter. Results will be compiled separately for each category. You may pick and choose from week to week and your best 5 results in each category will count towards the overall series results.
Driven by safety, we introduced several new courses last year. This year, we have included a new 10 course at Dunecht. The new courses have safer start areas, there will no longer be any racing across dangerous crossroads in Echt and Torphins, dead turns have been eliminated and most courses will consist of approximate loops with only left turns. This latter development means that some of the new courses are not exactly 10 or 25 miles , but approximations. Don’t be downhearted if you are one of those chasing classical PBs, there will still be 4 events on the Drumoak 10 course and both the new 25 course is also be accurate. One beneficial effect of these route changes is that we will require fewer marshals than was previously the case!
There are 14 races in the series. You may enter 7 for £10 or all 14 for £20. Entry is free to Youths and juniors. Blocks of 7 races may be consecutive if you like, but they need not be and it is fine to space out races across the series. However, within each 7 week block, 1 week is reserved for helper / marshalling duties, leaving 6 opportunities to ride.
For insurance purposes all riders in Evening League Events must have British Cycling Race Silver Membership, the optional full race licence is not required.
Click [HERE] to view details on pricing, benefits and joining instructions.
CTC and STA members also have adequate insurance and are able to take part.
Visitors to the league with a view to joining the club may take out day membership.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION. COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS.
Please read these rules carefully, even if you are, despite a widespread assumption that it is! Although official restrictions are soon to be lifted, please continue to observe sensible behaviour and hygiene measures. Last year, we introduced a number of important changes which were designed to minimise close personal contact and unnecessary contact with potentially infected inanimate objects and we intend to continue with some of them.
BEFORE THE RACE
ALL administration has move online and will stay there. If this poses problems for individual members please contact the organiser directly. Race HQs are back, with toilet facilities, but not for collecting / dropping off race numbers or to book future race / marshalling slots. By the time that the racing starts I anticipate that mandatory, indoor mask wearing will no longer be in force; discretionary mask wearing is, of course still an option. Please use the hand sanitser provided at each HQ A spreadsheet of marshal duties will be published on the website; you will be able to read it, to check for available duties, but you will not be able to edit it; rather, offers of help should be e mailed to helpersel@deeside .org
As with last year, You will be issued with a race number for the series. You will be expected to look after your race number and to return it at the end of the season. Replacements will not be issued on the night; no number means no race! When you enter for a race, I will know your series number. If you would like to request a particular start time, please e mail enterel@deeside .org Whatever your start time, your number will not change from week to week. Numbers on the start line will, therefore, be random; you will be able to check who is starting around you from the start list (see below). Knowing your start time and turning up 5 mins before it will be vital to the smooth running of the event. Once again, there will be a start area coordinator.
AT THE START
You will be expected to know your start time from a published entry sheet (published on the EL section of the club website under “Start List” from Monday onwards) and to turn up at the start no more than 5 mins before that time, ready to race. Sending the Youths and Juniors off first seemed to work quite well last year and I intend to continue that this year, also. There will be a socially distanced starter, but there will be no “pusher off”; riders will have to get themselves underway.
ON THE COURSE
Once underway, nose blowing and spitting are strongly discouraged. Under normal conditions, observing the 12metre rule is important to prevent unfair advantage; it is doubly important in times of COVID.
AT THE FINISH
Once your race is completed, please do not congregate. Observe 2m social distancing at all times.
Results will be posted on the website by 07:30 on the Wednesday morning after each race.
The league could be your opportunity to gain experience in various fields of our sport. Not only can you improve your competition but you can also train as a timekeeper. If this interests you please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Road safety is of paramount importance. It is the responsibility of each individual rider to familiarise themselves with the course prior to the event and riders must obey the Highway Code at all times. Marshals have no power to direct traffic and it is not their responsibility to direct riders. Their role is simply to make other road users aware of the fact that a cycle event is taking place.
- A red rear light an a white front light are compulsory.
- Use of helmets is compulsory.
- These events are individual time trials. You must not ride within 12 metres of another rider, except when overtaking. You must not take pace from another rider.
- Only club members or invitees as defined below may partake (as per British/Scottish Cycling Policy).
Previously, a club member must have had their ‘first’ club affiliation to DTCC, but Scottish Cycling Policy has now been amended to allow club members who hold a “first” affiliation to another club to take part, as long as that other club does not hold it’s own series of confined time trials.
An invitee must not be a member of ANY other club.
- Commitment to assist/marshal/timekeep (via email@example.com) must be made before 1st entry. If competing in 8 or more events; assistance at a further EL event is required.
- Riders should have BC Silver Provisional Race Licence.
- Numbers are generally limited to 80.
- Riders start at minute intervals from 6.45pm.
- Routine EL entries must be in by end of Sunday by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Late entries will be accepted, as long as you have already entered the series and as long as there are slots available. Anyone wishing a late entry should contact the organiser directly.
- You will be able to decide, on the night, whether to enter either the time trial bike category or the road bike category. If you enter the latter, then the use of aero bars, disc wheels, and “pointy” aero helmets will not be permitted, although aero road helmets will be acceptable. If your equipment conforms to British Cycling standards for road racing, it will be acceptable for the road bike category. Results for the 2 categories will be complied separately. All the above rules apply to riders in both categories.
- Riders below the age of 16 must enter the road bike category; riders below the age of 12 are not allowed to enter the evening league. Specific criteria exist for maximum gearing for Youths and Juniors, and maximum wheel rim depth is restricted to 35mm. Accompanying riders: Inexperienced Youth and/or Junior riders should be accompanied by and adult. If uncertain about any of these matters, please ask a coach for advice.
- The cost will be £20 for the series or £10 for 7 races (no charge for Youths and Juniors), but there will be no facilities for receiving payment on the night. All payment must be made before the riders first event.
Timekeeper 1 (starter):
The starter meets with the main timekeeper and recorder prior to the event. All 3 watches are set and started simultaneously. The starter is then responsible for:
- Shouting riders to the start line
- Checking name and number of the rider
- Tick off rider on start sheet, recording any changes to name or number or out of sequence rider
- Count down rider to their start
- Re-grouping with main timekeeper and recorder after event to exchange information and correlate records
Recorder (at finish line):
The recorder works closely with main timekeeper at the event finish line. Once a rider crosses the line the timekeeper will stop the watch and note the time. The recorder will:
- Also note the name of rider and time shouted out by timekeeper
- Calculate riding time based on finish/start time in minutes and seconds
- Work out handicap’s
- Verify times with timekeeper
Each event riders are allocated points depending on their finishing position. Points are awarded as follows:
The combined total of Fastest and Handicap Points, as above, will be each Member’s score for that event. The best six combined scores are added to give the Member’s total score.