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Our Next Cycling Event.
Reliability Trials - Sunday 3rd February 2019
The Annual Reliabilty Trials over a choice of 25, 45 or 75 miles.
HQ is Age UK, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston. LE18 2AN.
Turn up and ride on the day.    Entry is £5.00 per rider.
Riders of 16yrs or under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
75 mile  -  Sign on 8.15am to 8.30am  -  Start  8.30am
45 mile  -  Sign on 8.30am to 9.00am  -  Start  9.00am
25 mile  -  Sign on 9.00am  -  Start  9.30am
Note :  To encourage riders who may not have ridden in an organised event before, we will have an experienced Ride Leader and Reserve available on the day, to accompany them on the 25 mile course.
Refreshment stop at Gilmorton Village Hall for ALL distances.
More details in due course
Any Queries - 'Email Us' through the Website.
Get the date in your diary now !

Organiser is John Crookes.




See the latest 'News' Items re. The Strava Trophy and Chain Gang.


Membership Renewals for 2019

A Happy 2019 to all Ratae members. It's now time to renew your membership unless you joined after 1 August 2018, or are a lifetime member.  Please note, you can now pay by BACS online transfer as well as by cheque or cash.

See the Item in the 'Latest News' section for full details of how to pay / fees etc.

Rod Thompson - Membership Secretary.


Our Donation to 'Hope Against Cancer'

Thanks again to all who rode our 'Rouleur' and contributed towards our donation to the Charity. Bridget Bragg has presented a cheque to their Chief Executive, Nigel Rose. We will all remember Bob and the support that they provided for him.


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 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 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 and Individual Insurance. Everyone should seriously consider their own position on this important issue.



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

Sunday - 10.00am Sunday 27th January - Venue -  T.B.A. on Thursday prior to the ride.

Wednesday - 9.30am  -  Wednesday the 23rd of January - Bosworth Battlefield Centre, Sutton Cheney.

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   

The ride WILL run on Saturday the 12th of January 2019

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 a 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 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 in 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 from Age UK, 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 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 - 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 16th October 2018
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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 The Website 'Forum' has been Discontinued

At the Committee Meeting on the 10th of April 2018, it was decided to discontinue the 'Forum' on the website. This facility was initially set up with the website, but has become redundant after the introduction of our Group Facebook Page.
The 'User Manager' shows that only a very few people have accessed the Forum in 2018.
Hence, the 'Forum' option has been removed from the Menu page at the top of the Welcome page, as has the 'Login' facility.  





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