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The Hot Cross Bun Run - Sunday 25th of March 2018


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Commences from Webster's Cycles at 10.00am to The General Elliot P.H. at Willoughby Waterleys for approx. 11.30am for Tea and Mince Pies.  Route to be confirmed on the day, but a leisurely ride and a great opportunity to meet up with Club members and fellow cyclists, both young and old.  Everyone is welcome.

The General Elliot will be open from 11.30am for non-cyclists and riders who wish to make their own way there.  Tea/Coffee and a Hot Cross Bun - £2.50.



  Our Next Competitive Event - Early Season Time Trial, Gilmorton

  Saturday 31st March

The renowned Early Season 10 mile Time Trials on the Gilmorton Circuit.

An early chance this year to blow those cobwebs away !

We now propose to run one more Event, - on Saturday morning, the 31st of March.

HQ will be Walton Village Hall from 10.30am with first rider off at 11.00am.

'Get It In Your Diary Now'

This item will be kept updated.

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Please Renew Your Membership for 2018 - If you have not already done so.

It creates extra work for Volunteers to chase this up.

It's now time to renew your membership, unless you joined after 1st August 2017, or are a lifetime member. Please send a cheque for your membership fee, (made out to Ratae Road Club), to either Rod Thompson (Membership Secretary) or John Fox (Treasurer).

Please include your name(s) and any change of details (e.g. change of address, phone number, etc.).

You may also pay by cash or cheque at Club Nights.

Membership fees are :- £14 first claim, £7 second claim/junior, £21 joint, £25 family.

Our postal addresses are:

Rod Thompson, 104 Spencefield Lane, Leicester, LE5 6HF

John Fox, 4 Grafton Drive, Wigston, LE18 3WT

Thanks -  Rod Thompson



FOR 2018 - IMPORTANT - RIDER INSURANCE - Please take time to read the 'Latest News' Item, prepared by John Fox, concerning rider insurance for Ratae Club Members.

It clarifies in straightforward terms, the position regarding Club / Individual Insurance and everyone should seriously consider their own position on this important issue.



Our Club Nights are every Thursday 7.30pm - 9pm at The Aylestone Leisure Centre.

Come and Meet Us  or  Email Us through the Website.



Club Rides Every Week - Meet Outside Websters Cycles - Leicester Road, Wigston 

Sunday - 10.00am -  Sunday  25th March - The Hot Cross Bun Run - Details above.    

Wednesday - 9.30am  -  Wednesday 21st March - Venue - Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre.

Non-Members are most welcome to join us on our Club rides.  You can either contact the Club beforehand (through the website), or simply turn up on the day and introduce yourself to the ride leader.  If you enjoy our company, you will be invited to join the Club after three rides.


Chain Gang

( Update - 27.Feb. )  Is not running at present whilst the March T.T.s are on.  After this our riders will be involved in competitions.  This is mainly a winter training ride.  Any updates will be shown here.
Details / Updates will appear on our Facebook Page 
( Note - Now Using the Clockwise /  Reverse Route - 'Link' Below)
Meet at the Butchers Shop Car Park, bottom of Newton Lane, ( near Bull Head Street traffic lights ), Wigston at 9.00am. 
( Now using the clockwise route )      Should finish by 11.15am ( ish.)
If there are changes to times, routes or other arrangements, they will always be shown here and on our  Facebook page, to give plenty of notice.



Our exciting program of cycling for 2018  - 'Something for Everyone 
Starting on a Sunday at the beginning of February with our traditional Reliabilty Trial, over a choice of 3 distances. 
Continuing in March, with three Early Season 10 mile Time Trials, on three of the four Saturday mornings in the month, using the Gilmorton circuit.  The 'Leveller', a Road Bike TT, will be incorporated into one of these Early Season TT's.
From May, through to the end of July, we carry on forward with our highly successful 'Gilmorton Ten', Time Trial series.  A total of six races, one of which will incorporate the Dave Grundy Trophy and another the Handicap Time Trial.  -  For 2018, four events will take place on Saturday mornings and two on the traditional Wednesday evenings.
Going into September we have our Open '10' TT,  on our traditional - A10/11 - A46, Six Hills course.
For our Hill Climbs, we are repeating our 2017 program.  The first event being held on the testing 2.3 mile climb of Burrough Hill, with a second event on a later date, when we shall hold our Club Hill Climb Championship over two shorter climbs, based at Smeeton Westerby.
In October,  we repeat the Ratae Rouleur with a choice of testing routes over 25 or 40 miles.
All this combined with our Club Rides throughout the year on Wednesdays and Sundays, our Chain Gang rides on Saturdays, Club Nights each Thursday, Individual Training Programs for members and much more, make the Ratae the Club to be with.
All the dates and details for the above events will be entered in the 'Events' section in due course
So, come and - 'Ride with the Ratae' in 2018
Winners of 'The Leveller' Trophies for 2018
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Womens Trophy - Lucy Crookston - Leicester Forest.C.C
Mens Trophy - Kenny Cliffe - Leicester Forest C.C.

How it used to be ! - Were these the good old days ?


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Paul Baulch, in the early 1950's, competing in the National 25 Mile Time Trial on the A46 Six Hills. On a wet day he turns at the Marshal who is standing in the middle of the road !
No Hi-Vis, nor apparently much traffic in those days !



Training Programs

Any first claim member wishing to avail themselves of a personalised training schedule, should contact Alex Hewins, the Club Coach.  Contact can be made with Alex via the email link in the 'contact us' panel on the left hand side of this page.


Smeeton Westerby Hill Climbs - 2017

The winners were :-

Open Women's Trophy - Patrice Carter - Islington C.C.

Open Men's Trophy - Alex Whitmore - Ratae R.C.

Club Senior Men's Trophy - Alex Whitmore - Ratae R.C.

Club Vets. Men's Trophy - Steve Rhodes - Ratae R.C.

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Full Results are now in the 'Latest Results' Section.




Congratulations to Lucy Sturgess and Carl Dyson.

Both of Leicester Forest C.C., winners of the prizes for the Fastest Woman and Man at the 'Burrough Hill Challenge' in 2017.

Thanks to all who rode and helped out at the Event.

Full results are in the 'Latest Results' Section.



The 2017 Ratae 'Evening Ten' Series - Winners. 


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Left to Right : -   Ian Rosewarne - Leicestershire R.C. - Vets Men's Champion.

                          Lucy Sturgess - Leicester Forest C.C. - Senior Women's Champion.

                          Lindsay Newman - Team Jewson - Vets. Women's Champion.

                          James Lowe - Junior Men's Champion.

Not in Photo.: -   Max Lees - Leicestershire R.C. - Senior Men's Champion.


Subsidy on Purchase of Club Clothing.

As you will read in the 'News' Item set out above, the Committee have decided that the Club will subsidise 1st Claim Members on the purchase of Club Kit from Kalas.

The subsidy will be 20% of the cost price of the item, excluding the VAT.

The subsidy will be applied retrospectively to those who purchased on the second and subsequent orders from Kalas, but not the first initial order, on which the Club paid the VAT ( in effect 20% ).

This subsidy will be reviewed again after 12 months ( September 2018 ).

To claim the subsidy, members should to contact the Club Treasurer, John Fox, with proof of purchase and he will arrange for it to be paid directly to them.

Any queries - contact the John Fox or the website. 

A 'Clothing Page' has been created in the 'Forum' on this website for those Members who are looking to sell, exchange or buy Club Clothing, between themselves.
See the 'News' Item on - Kalas Clothing Update.
If you are not already registered to use the 'Forum' or have problems accessing it, then contact the website through 'Email Us'

Club Kit - Ordering Instructions

Kalas have set up a dedicated Ratae R.C. web page in their shop. This page will not be active all the time, but at certain regular periods during the year we will set a 'window' of a few weeks for members to purchase items.

To order club kit, use the link and password here:-

Once on the Ratae R.C. page you can simply order and pay for what you require before the closure date. The Kit will be produced after the end date and sent as a bulk order to a central address for the club.  It will then be distributed to the purchasers.
The Kalas 'Shop' is currently CLOSED
The shop closed on the 18th March 2018
All queries on Club Kit should be made to Alex Hewins.
 His email address can be found in the 'Contact Us' panel on this page
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FORUM - Cycle Mart - New Category

There is a new Category Heading in the 'Forum' Section for Ratae members who wish to make other members aware of cycling items that they have for sale, or items they are seeking to buy.

This service is intended solely for the bringing together of persons who may have items they wish to sell to each other.  Any transactions are to be carried out wholly between the parties concerned.

Note that any posts without a reply will automatically 'fall off'' after 30 days.  If you want to keep it on, add a reply / update within that period to reset the clock

There is a disclaimer linked to the new category that absolves the Club from any responsiblity or liabilty arising from any such transactions.

Being a new feature to the website, the new category will be monitored to assess how well it is working.




Use The 'Forum' Page

Others Are ! - Make your Point, Post a Reply or Simply Speak with Others !

To gain access to the 'Forum' page on the website, you will first need to register.

Since the 19th of February 2014, the ability to 'self create' an account has been disabled.

See the 'News' item of that date for details and instructions.

Any queries or request to register - email us through the 'Email Us' facility. 





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