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New to Cycling? - Why Not Join Us?

During the 'lockdown' there has been an explosion of people getting out on their bikes, perhaps for the first time.  So many cyclists are out and enjoying the countryside.

As things return to normal, why not continue to enjoy the freedom and fitness you have experienced?

The Ratae Road Club offers social rides on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year, led by a qualified Ride Leader.  All incorporate a cafe stop on route and the venue(s) are published on the website prior to the rides.

You will be very welcome to turn up, meet us and have a ride.


UPDATE 6th AUGUST - Although our Club events are still suspended, this being in line with guidelines issued by the Government and Cycling Organisations, we have drafted plans to safely resume our Club social rides.

Hopefully we will soon be looking to restart the Sunday and Wednesday rides.

As soon as we set our dates for resuming, we will publish our 'safe ride' Club strategy and update our website and Facebook accordingly.

If you want any further information, use the 'Email Us' tab at the top of this page. We will be pleased to hear from you.


Ratae R.C. - Statement re. Coronavirus - 17th March 2020

On the 17th of March, following our Government's advice, the Committee of the Club suspended all official Club activities for the foreseeable future.

This includes Club Rides, Time Trials and Social Activities.

This decision will be kept under review and we look forward to resuming our activities as soon as the Government's advice allows.

Note - where our activities are governed by an official body, such as the C.T.T. for Time Trial Events, we will and must comply with their rules.

Below are 'guidelines' issued out by the government and other organisations for 'advice and guidance' only.

Until the Committee decide otherwise, there are NO official Club activities.  This of course has relevance to the Club's insurances and other liabilities.

Moreover, please keep in touch with one another during this crisis, the Club is known for its friendship and has good channels of communications between its members.  We encourage our members to make full use of these.

By continuing such contact we can retain the friendly ethos amongst ourselves and even flag up a situation where some support may be needed.

Stay Safe

Legends of The Ratae
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From Left to Right : Dennis Oram, Curly Pattison, Norman Yeadon and Ian(?) Moore.
This was the first outing for the Club shirts in a race, these being from the first batch of twelve that were handmade by Phylis, Dennis's mother.
This was taken at a well attended circuit race at Forest Park in Nottingham in the early 1950's.  The circuit was one and an eighth miles in length with a race distance of 62 miles.
We are indebted to Dennis Oram for the photo. and information. - Many thanks to him.

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Dennis Oram, far left in the Black and White image - Ratae star rider of the early years, gives his 'thumbs up' to the new kit.  All the best from us Dennis.

C.T.T. - ( Time Trials )

Update - 6th July - C.T.T.   

The C.T.T. have today issued a statement to say that :-  

'Club' / 'B' events can be held from and including Monday 13th July 2020 

'Open' / 'A' events can now be held from and including Saturday 18th July 2020

The C.T.T. have issued an extensive new Covid 19 Risk Assessment and Guidance document.

All time trial organisers must read and comply with it.

It can be found on the C.T.T. website as a P.D.F. in Guidance Notes.



'Link' to Their 'Live' Article :-


 Update from the 3rd June :-

New guidance with effect from the 1st June makes it clear that there is no limit on duration or frequency of exercise, or the distance you can travel to exercise.

The restrictions on what you can do outdoors have been relaxed, the guidance states that you should continue to stay alert and limit your contact with others, that staying at home is the easiest way to do this, and that you should stay at home 'as much as possible'.

You can now meet outside with up to five other people, provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart. At various points the guidance specifically mentions meeting outside, spending time outdoors, and exercising and playing sport in groups up to six people being allowed (subject to social distancing), which would appear to confirm that up to six people can now cycle together in a socially distanced group, though cycling in a group is not specifically mentioned in the guidance.

CyclingUK - 'Tips for Socially Distant Cycling' - can be found here :-

CyclingUK - 'Advice and Guidance for Group Cycling' - can be found here :-


Club Rides - Wednesdays - 9.30am  and Sundays - 9.00am

17th March 2020 - All Club rides are suspended until further notice because of the Government's advice re. Coronavirus.

The Club holds social rides on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year, meeting outside Websters Cycles on Leicester Road, Wigston.

Our rides are lead by a qualfied ride leader and each ride incorporates a cafe stop at a venue which is chosen week week by week.  Details of the scheduled venues are shown here and on our group FaceBook page.

Wednesday 9.30am  -   18th March  -    CANCELLED

Sunday 9.00am  -  22nd March -    CANCELLED



Rider Insurance Guidance

As guidance for Members of the Club, we strongly advise that riders take out their own insurance for any claims that may be made against them.

The Clubs insurance will only cover injury or damage to a third party on Club or organised rides.

We review insurance issues on a regular basis and recommend that you read the item on insurance in our News Section.  This explains in detail the issues you need to be aware of and how Ratae Members may obtain beneficial premiums through our affiliations



The Leveller Trophies - 2020


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The Winners of The 2020 Leveller Trophies were :-

Lucy Sturgess and Kenny Cliffe

both of Leicester Forest C.C.

The Trophies were presented by Susan Doram, who has recently returned from a two and a half year solo cycle tour of the world.


Winners - Hill Climb Trophies - 2019


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 Left to Right

Peter Kott, Alex Whitmore, Ruby Summer Osborne, Mark Newton.


Personal Best Medals - as a mark of achievement in Time Trials

These medals will be presented to the recipients at the Club Dinner in December.  Because, for many the target in time trialling is to improve their own time against the clock, it is hoped that this new format will encourage both riders already taking part to improve, and also encourage those who have not yet ridden a competitive event, to participate.  See the item in the 'News' Section for full details.



Our 'Planned' Program of Cycling for 2020 - 'Something for Everyone'

Starting on Sunday the 2nd of February with out traditional Reliability Trials, over a choice of three distances.

Continuing in March, with two or more Early Season 10 mile Time Trials on Saturday mornings, using the Gilmorton circuit.  The 'Leveller', a road bike T.T. will be incorporated into one of these Early Season T.T.'s.

In May, June or July we will hold at least two 10 mile Time Trials on the Gilmorton circuit on Wednesday evenings.  One will incorporate the Dave Grundy Trophy.

In addition, in this our 70th year, we are planning for a Founders Day event.  The date, venue and full details are yet to be finalised, but it is intended to incorporate a ride with a social function.

Moving on to Sunday the 6th of September, we have our 'Open' 10 mile T.T. on our traditional venue, the A10/13, A46, Six Hills Course.

For our Hill Climb on the 13th of September, we shall again hold our Club Hill Climb Championship over two short climbs, on the same day, based at Smeeton Westerby.

On Sunday October the 4th, we have the Ratae Rouleur, a sportif type event, starting in Wigston, with a choice of testing routes over 25 or 40 miles.

All this combined with our Club rides on Wednesdays and Sundays, throughout the year, our Chain Gang rides on Saturdays, 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 2020.



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 !


Club Clothing


The Club uses Kalas as the official supplier of our Club kit.

The kit is ordered on-line by an individual through the Kalas e-shop.  The e-shop is opened periodically when there is a perceived demand for the minimum order that Kalas will accept, to produce the custom kit for us.

The Shop is Currently CLOSED

In September 2019, the Committee decided to extend a refund arrangement from the Club, on kit purchases until September 2020, when it will be reviewed again.

The Club will refund 20% of the cost of Club kit purchased by a Member .

To claim, once the kit is received, send a copy of your invoice to our Treasurer, John Fox who will make the refund directly to you.

Click on this 'link' to go to the Kalas e-shop - 


Then enter the password for the Ratae page -   rrc321

Any queries on clothing, contact Peter Kott or 'Email Us' through the website.







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