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Membership Renewals - 2020.

It is that time of year again.  Please renew your membership promptly. It does make matters much more straight forward for our Membership Secretary.

See the 'Latest News' Item for the various options that are available for payment.



Our Next Cycling Event, - and the first of 2020
Reliability Trials - Sunday 2nd February.
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. 
Entry is free for riders of 16yrs or under, but they 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.
After a close call with the weather last year, it has been decided that a 'deadline time' will be set for any cancellation made on safety grounds.  Thus, a decision will be made no later than 4.00pm on Friday the 31st of January.  if you have any doubt, check our media platforms after that time to confirm that the Event still goes ahead.
Any Queries - 'Email Us' through the Website.
Organiser is John Crookes.
Get the date in your diary now !



Early Season Time Trials - Gilmorton - March 2020

Just to give notice of our always popular, Early Season 10 mile Time Trials.

More details in due course, but it is planned to run on Saturdays the 7th and 14th, with reserve dates in hand.

The BIG news is that to encourage our own Members to come and have a go, entry for Ratae R.C. 1st Claim Members on the 7th of March will be FREE.



   Club Rides Every Week

Meet Outside Websters Cycles - Leicester Road, Wigston

 Sunday - 9.00am  -  Sunday 19th January  - Venue - The Alpaca Park Farm, Snarestone. START TIME MOVED TO 10.00AM DUE TO POSSIBLE RISK OF EARLY ICY ROADS.
Wednesday - 9.30am  -  Wednesday 22nd January  - Venue - 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. 




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.



Reminder re. "Personal Best' Medals for 2020.

If you believe that you qualify for a 'Personal Best Medal' during 2020, you will need to make a claim for it to be awarded.

You will find all the qualifying criteria and information in the article that you will find in the News section.

Any claims are to be made by emailing the Club website with details.



The 2019 Ratae Hill Climb - Trophy Winners.


Left to Right :-             

  Peter Kott                 Ratae R.C.              Over 85kg. Champion        
  Alex WhitmoreRatae R.C.Men's Open Champion
  Ruby-Summer Osborne   
Leicester Forest C.C.  
Women's Open Champion
  Mark NewtonRatae R.C.Veteran Men's Champion


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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.




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 2020  - 'Something for Everyone'  
Starting on Sunday the 2nd of February with our traditional Reliabilty Trial, over a choice of 3 distances. 
Continuing in March, with two or more 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.
In addition, in this our 70th Year, we are planning for a 'Founder's 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.
Going to Sunday the 6th 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 13th 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 4th, 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, 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
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 our Club coach, Alex Hewins.

Alex is also offering to ride out as a coach with anyone wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity.  Because of his own commitments, Monday or Friday mornings are the best with him and other days on occasions.

You can contact Alex directly via email.  A 'link' to his email address is in the 'Contact Us' panel on this page.




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 in  September 2020 .

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 13th October 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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