Hastings & St. Leonards Cycling Club
Secretary: Mr. Chris Parker
Web presence by Bill Roddick.
View the club blog at: www.hastingscc.blogspot.com
About the Hastings & St Leonards Cycling Club
The age range, fitness and
interests of Hastings & St. Leonards CC members varies considerably.
The Club's principal activities are based around racing but a
significant proportion of the membership do not race actively and are
more interested in the leisure and social aspects.
The Club is affiliated to a variety of bodies including British
Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, the Cyclists Touring Club, Surrey Road
Racing League, East Sussex Cycling Association, Sussex Cyclists’ Ass.,
Kent Cycling Ass. and British Schools Cycling Association.
A brief summary of activities is given below but the best way to
find out about the Club is to get on your bike, come out on a ride with
us and chat to a cross section of the membership.
club life is centered around the club run.
Every Sunday of the year, except on rare occasions when everyone is
away riding or marshalling and supporting an event, we meet at 9 a.m. by the
Harrow pub on the Ridge above the A21. Some
weeks four groups of riders (seriously fast, fast, steady and off road) will
have set off by 9.15 a.m. The
rides are typically 40 to 60 miles with a brunch stop, for the majority, at a
designated cafe mid-morning. The
idea is that each group sticks together, riding two abreast when road
conditions permit. On hills a
group is liable to fragment but those first to the top, and club runs are NOT
races, will stop or ride slowly until all regroup.
Sometimes those at the back will agree to break off as a smaller group
and take a short cut to the cafe. Any
newcomers to club cycling should contact the Club Secretary so that we can
ensure that some one is available to meet you and ride with you as you get to
know everyone. No two runs are
ever the same so you need to come out a fair number of rides to get a real
feel for what they are about.
club promotes time trials on Wednesday evenings from the beginning of May to
the end of August and a hill climb on a Sunday morning in early October.
Riders must be twelve years old or over and members of a club
affiliated to Cycling Time Trials (CTT).
Parental consent is needed for the under 18's.
One timekeeper sets each individual off at minute intervals and another
records the time taken at the end of a fixed distance (e.g. 8, 10 or 14 miles)
on the open roads. There is
rivalry between individuals of comparable ability but most are competing for
fun and aiming to attain their personal best times for the distance.
There is a trophy for the top points scorer in the series.
CTT produces a handbook listing time trials that are promoted throughout the
country every weekend from March to October.
Entries, on a standard form (download it from )
together with a cheque for about £5.00,
must be sent to the organizer at least two weeks before an event so that a
start sheet listing each individual's start time, course details and HQ
location can be printed and sent to every competitor.
Local courses are mainly to the west of Hailsham or east of Rye, the
most common distances being 10, 25 or 50 miles.
Nearly all events have age related handicaps for veterans (40 plus). There are several riders in their seventies knocking out good
times in Sussex, Surrey and Kent events!
Some events are for under-18's and women only.
local Surrey Cycle Racing League ( Most
Sundays from March to September the Leagues and others promote races at
various distances, typically from 25 to 75 miles, for different categories of
riders. Some races have unlimited
fields on closed circuits such as the Goodwood motor racing track. In other races the fields of up to 60 riders will ride
several laps of a 6 to 10 mile circuit on open roads with a convoy of lead and
follow cars warning the general public that a cycle race is in progress.
If you can manage our fast club runs you should be able to handle the
shorter races but you will have to gain confidence of riding in bunch and be
able to cope with rapid changes of pace.
Most races are run under British Cycling ( )
rules but the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists ( )
also promotes in the region.