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The Ratae Founders Day Commemorative Kit

The scheduled date for delivery is the 19th of June.

An item has been posted in the "News' Section detailing the history and design of the kit.
Our sincere thanks to Peter Kott for taking the project forward to production.


Support, Communication and Activities of Members

 Although the Club's activities have been suspended, we recommend that our members keep themselves fit.

Update - 5th April     "Think" - we all need to consider and be responsible for our actions which, during this precarious time, may result in unforeseen and unwelcome consequences .  Consider the safety and health of yourself, your family and others.

Update - 10th May    The Government's position on exercise has now been eased, still allowing cycling to continue as a form of exercise and commuting, but without the restriction of it being only once a day.  The general 'stay at home' advice still applies, as does 'social distancing' which clearly is pertinent to cycling in groups.

Update - 28th May - British Cycling     British Cycling have extended the current suspension on Club rides and group activities until the 4th of July 2020.  They will review this on a fortnightly basis and will give two weeks notice of any changes.   

Update - 29th May - C.T.T.     Since the 31st of March, all Time Trials have been suspended until the 30th of June.  The C.T.T. plan to release a further statement following Government guidance announced on the 1st of June.  

Also - See Below - Updates and Advice from CyclingUK, issued on the 29th of May

Stay Safe ! - "Remember" - You could be an additional burden on the N.H.S.

This website will be updated accordingly

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.




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 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.

Stay Safe.




CyclingUK - Advice for Cyclists re. Coronavirus

Below are links to webpages on CyclingUK's website, giving very useful advice on cycling during the current coronavirus situation.  They are well worth a read.

'Link' to Their Latest Article on 29th May is here :-


An excerpt from the 29th of May update is below :-

"There is no limit on duration or frequency of exercise; however official advice remains that you should stay at home 'as much as possible'.

You can travel any distance in order to exercise.

On Thursday 28 May, Boris Johnson, announced that from Monday 1 June in England up to six people will be allowed to meet outside, provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.

Government guidance published on Friday, 29 May has not yet reflected this change, maintaining that for the purposes of exercise you are still allowed to meet with only one person who is not a member of your household, provided social distancing is maintained.

Cycling UK will continue to monitor developments and currently advises that in England exercise is only taken alone, with members of your household or with one person who is not a member of your household, provided social distancing is maintained".


Our Next Planned Competitive Events  - ( Updated 29th May )

Depending on circumstances, they may be our Wednesday evening 10 mile time trials at Gilmorton on the ACC/10/9, later in the Summer.

Our governing body, the C.T.T., have suspended all 'Open' and 'Club' T.T.'s until the 30th of June..

With the suspension of sports and group functions at this time, we are unable to make the arrangements or book any dates for these events.

Any updates will appear here in due course.



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



Thanks to all who made our Early Season Time Trials such a success.


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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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