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About the Beds Road CC SPOCO Series

The SPOCO events are a series of time trails in which Club Members compete against the clock on hilly SPOrting COurses. They are usually held on Sunday mornings. Check bedsroad.org or Facebook for latest timings.

If you want to try competitive cycling, the SPOCO Series is an ideal introduction. Most of our SPOCO events are held on lanes around Cardington village. Some however are Interclub events.

Inter-club events are held between ourselves and our friends at the Icknield Road Cycling Club, the Hitchin Nomads CC St Neots and CC Ashwell. Points are awarded for each race and a final winning club is revealed at the end of the season. Second claim riders can compete in the inter-club events representing the BRCC. In 2016 we will be aiming to regain our Interclub title.

Club Members, competing for the SPOCO Trophy earn points for each race, and the best 8 results are added to give a final score.

Entry Details
Riders who wish to compete in the SPOCO Series and for the handicap awards should complete the online entry form. Alternatively written entry forms can be placed in the letterbox at the clubhouse.

Non members can ride a Private Time Trial (PTT). A PTT does not count towards the handicap prize, or the SPOCO Series. You can book a place up to the day of the event, if places are available, but we strongly suggest you book at least a few days before the event to be sure of a place. Sign on before the event at the clubhouse, between 08:15 and 08:45, and pay your entry fee.

SPOCOs are held on Sunday mornings, the first rider is off at 9:01am for all events apart from inter-club events, which may be different - see info nearer the time.

Entry Fees
The levies we must pay to the CTT, our governing body, have doubled this year.
Event entry fee is 4.00 for BRCC members, or 5.00 for PTT/late bookers; all Interclub events are 3.00. The entry fee should be paid at sign-on desk, for each event. Under 18s enter for 2.

Under 18?
Riders aged under 18 must submit a parental consent form, signed by their parent or guardian. This form can be downloaded from the CTT website. Riders under 18 get reduced entry fee of 2.00.

Conduct at the Events & Regulations
Sign on desk at the Clubhouse will close fifteen minutes before the first rider is pushed off.

Arrive on time as the start is not always outside the Clubhouse, and you may find the Clubhouse locked.

Parking: if you cannot travel to the Clubhouse by bike, please do not park across our neighbours driveways, and do not park outside the Clubhouse or near the start and finish lines; and also note that we do not have permission to use the Village Hall car park.

We must keep the road outside the Clubhouse clear, and must respect our neighbours - please keep your voices down when outside the clubhouse.

We STRONGLY recommend the wearing of a hard shell helmet, and will REQUIRE all riders under 18 to wear one - this is a CTT rule.

We recommend you fit a flashing rear RED light.

No u-turns in the road within sight of the start and finish lines.

CTT Regulation 21 - Paced & Company Riding: Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and not ride in company or take shelter (commonly known as drafting) from other riders or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another must pass without receiving or giving shelter. The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaken. Riders who brach this regulation will be disqualified.

On crossing the finish line please LOUDLY call out your number to help the timekeepers, otherwise your time may not be recorded.
Please do not disturb the timekeepers, mingle around them, or block their view - they will be busy recording other riders' times.

If you cannot ride If you have booked and are on the start sheet, we expect you to ride. We have reserved a place for you, we have expended effort and time in putting the event on for you. We fully understand that sometimes, circumstances mean that you cannot ride. In these cases, we consider it is common courtesy for a rider who is unable to sign on, to inform the organiser BEFORE the event, that he or she cannot ride. This then allows us to allocate that place to another rider who may be able to benefit from it.

We reserve the right to refuse all future entries from riders who are seen to regularly book, not sign on, and fail to show the simple courtesy of offering an apology before the event.

Results
We will aim to have the results available on the results page soon after each event. And they are generally available in the Clubhouse shortly after the last rider comes in.

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