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Welcome

 

Suspension of Club Rides - Covid 'Tier' 4 - Thursday 31st of December.

and - 'National Lockdown' - Monday 4th January 2021.

 

In order to comply with changes in the Coronavirus Regulations and to protect the health of our members, their families and friends, the Ratae RC is, once again, having to suspend its Wednesday and Sunday Club runs.


After Leicester and Leicestershire had been moved into Tier 4 restrictions, from 31 December 2020 and the additional 'lockdown' on the 4th of January, riding in groups is no longer permitted under the law.  The Club will restart its club runs as soon as it is both legal and safe to do so and an announcement will be made on this website and our Facebook page.


Stay safe and keep riding if you can. During these restrictions riding for exercise is still permitted, either solo or with one other person from another household - with social distancing. The full details are given on the .gov.uk website, check if you are unsure.

 

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 Club Membership Fees - Waived for 2021

Because of the current Covid situation and the consequential loss of much of the Club's cycling program for 2020, the Committee has decided to waive membership fees for 2021.

Thus, all those who are first claim or second claim members, as of the 31st of December 2020, will retain that status for 2021 without the need to pay a renewal fee.

We appreciate the support that our Members provide to us and hope that this goes some way to being an appropriate gesture of thanks.

 

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CyclingUK

'Link' to Their 'Live' Article :-

     https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle

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

https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/tips-socially-distant-cycling

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

    https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance-group-cycling

 

Our Original 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 included Club Rides, Club 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

   

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  Program of Cycling for 2021 - 'Something for Everyone'

Looking forward to 2021 and hoping that the Covid situation has abated, it is anticipated that our program will be similar to previous years.  There may be changes or additions.

Update - 8th January 2021 - We wish to stress that our program is a projected one and is totally dependant on the Covid situation and guidelines.  Any events that we are intending to run will appear on this website and our Facebook page. 

Below is our proposed 2021 program that will be the blueprint for our Events.

Starting on the first Sunday in February with our traditional Reliability Trials, over a choice of three distances 25, 45 or 75 miles.

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 10 mile Time Trials on the Gilmorton circuit on Wednesday evenings.  One will incorporate the Dave Grundy Trophy.

In this our 71st year, we may be able to celebrate our 70th Anniversary with a Founders Day event that was scheduled for 2020.  If the event takes place it is likely to incorporate a ride with a social function.

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

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

On a Sunday in October 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 2021.

 

 

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

 

New members can claim a 20% discount on their first order only by submitting a copy of their receipt to the Treasurer, John Fox who will send the refund directly to them.

 

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

                                                                http://myshop.kalaswear.eu/rataerc

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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