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Death of Roger Bentley

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Roger Bentley who passed away on Tuesday the 6th of August.

His name was synonymous with that of the Ratae Road Club, he will be sorely missed.

The funeral will take place at Countesthorpe Crematorium at 12.00 noon on Thursday the 5th of September 2019.



Our Next Competitive Event - 'Open' 10 mile Time Trial

9.00am Sunday 8th September 2019 - A10/13, A46 Six Hills

An 'Open' event, details on the C.T.T. website here :-

Entry direct through the CT.T. or by post.  Closing time/date for entries is 2359 hrs 27th of August, any entries received after that time will not be valid.

H.Q. is Thrussington Village Hall.  Sign-On from 8.15am. First Rider Off at 9.00am.

The A10/13 Course is here :-



Sunday 15th September. -  'Two Hill', Club Hill Climb Trophy

A 'Two Hill' event, based at Smeeton Westerby.

Courses are here :-


H.Q. is Smeeton Westerby Village Hall, Main Street, Smeeton Westerby. LE8 0RT.

Signing-On from 11.30am ( Hall is not available earlier - please be prompt ).

First Climb off at 12.01pm, Second at 1.01pm ( may be amended on the day ).

All are welcome to enter on the day and ride, ( under 18's need a signed parental consent form ).

£5.00 Entry ( to include £3.00 C.T.T. levy ). For non-members of an Affiliated Club, an additional £1.00 is payable for  Insurance purposes. 

An 'Open' Trophy to the Fastest Man and Woman. ( As an aggregate of both times ).

Ratae Club Trophies for 1st Claim Members only, Mens / Womens / Vet Mens / Vet Womens / Over 85kg.

A Rear Light is strongly recommended.

Street parking in Smeeton Westerby, but please respect the local residents if using on-Street parking, and whilst going about our activities. 

Refreshments will be available at HQ.

We hope to see you there.





John Fox has once again reviewed both our Club and Members Personal Insurance.  

With the Club being affiliated to CyclingUK, there are discounts available for Club members to obtain their own personal Insurance at a reduced fee.  Other organisations will also offer Insurance cover at their own rates.

His article on Third Party Insurance Guidance, to be found in the 'Latest News' section sets out all the information you need and examples a recent case where an uninsured cyclist became liable for huge damages and costs following a riding incident.

The Ratae Road Club strongly recommends that every member arranges his or her own third party insurance cover.


Club Rides Every Week

Meet Outside Websters Cycles - Leicester Road, Wigston


 Sunday - 9.00am  -  Sunday 25th August - T.B.A. on Thursday prior to the ride.
Wednesday - 9.30am  -  Wednesday 28th August - T.B.A. on Monday prior to the ride.
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.


Our Next ‘Monthly' Club Night at the Aylestone Leisure Centre is on Thursday the 5th of September 2019 at 7.30pm

Rod Collington will be speaking about his Pyrenean Ride.

Since the ‘Monthly’ Club Nights have been running it has been our plan to give a theme or short presentation on the night for those attending.  The meeting lasts for one and a half hours and we are looking to split that period into two roughly equal parts, one for a discussion / presentation on a theme and the remainder of the time for those present to have a general catch up and discussion with others.
The theme or presentation need not be cycling based but could be of a 'general interest' subject.  Hobbies, work experience, life experience could all be included.
If you feel that you are able to lead or present such a theme on a Club night, then please contact Sadie Garratt or myself.
The dates are - ( All Thursdays ) :- 5th September ( Rod Collington - Pyrenean Ride ),  and the 3rd of October.


 The 2018 Ratae Gilmorton '10' Series - Winners.  


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Left to Right : -   Colum Foster - Ratae R.C. - Senior Men's Champion.

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

                             James Lowe - Welland Valley C.C. - Junior Men's Champion.

                            John Powell - Leicester Forest C.C. - Vets. Men's Champion.



FOR 2019 - IMPORTANT - RIDER INSURANCE - Please take time to read or update yourself on our Rider Insurance advice, which can be found in the 'Latest News' Section. This was researched by John Fox for Ratae Club Members, but contains valuable advice for all.

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



Chain Gang  

Update - 18th of March - The Chain Gang is not running at present.

Details / Updates will also 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.  This will be very weather dependant - Check Here or Facebook before you attend.



Our exciting program of cycling for 2019  - 'Something for Everyone'  
Starting on Sunday the 3rd of February with our traditional Reliabilty Trial, over a choice of 3 distances. 
Continuing in March, with two Early Season 10 mile Time Trials, - on two 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.
In May, June or July we will hold at least two 10 mile Time Trials on the Gilmorton Circuit on a Wednesday evening, one of which will incorporate the Dave Grundy Trophy. 
Going to Sunday the 8th of September we have our 'Open' 10 mile TT,  on our traditional - A46, Six Hills course - A10/13 ( revised from the A10/11).
For our Hill Climb on the 15th of September, we shall hold our Club Hill Climb Championship over two short climbs, on the same day, based at Smeeton Westerby.
On Sunday October the 6th, we have the Ratae Rouleur, starting in Wigston, 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 on the first Thursday of each month, 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 2019
Winners of 'The Leveller' Trophies for 2019

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Womens Trophy - Lindsay Newman - Team Jewson
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 - 2018

The winners were :-

Open Women's Trophy - Lucy Sturgess - Leicester Forest C.C.

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

Club Senior Women's Trophy - Gemma Ollerenshaw

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

Club Vets. Men's Trophy - Chris Spray - Ratae R.C.


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




Congratulations to Lucy Sturgess and David Ogg .

Lucy of Leicester Forest C.C. and David of Godfrey Bikewear R.T., winners of the prizes for the Fastest Woman and Man at the 'Burrough Hill Challenge' in 2018.

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

Full results are in the 'Latest Results' Section.




Subsidy on Purchase of Club Clothing.

In September 2018, the Committee decided that the Club will continue to 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 2019 ).

To claim the subsidy, members should 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. 



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 21st April 2019
All queries on Club Kit should be made to Peter Kott.
 His email address can be found in the 'Contact Us' panel on this page
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