Time Trialing


A Time trial in cycling terms is a race against the clock over a set distance or Time from 5miles to 24hr, the race of truth as it’s become known has become a very technical and Specialist event however that doesn’t mean you need to have a £5k+ bike to enjoy it! Enjoy being a strange term for an event that pushes you to the limit but not quite over it. Some riders or ‘Testers’  specialise in TTs, road racer’s also use them as a form of training and others just like the Pain.

More about time trialling can be found here on the UK Time trialling governing body the CTT:

A useful beginner’s guide has also been published or you can ask the many TT riders in the club like Ant Birt, Angus Jardine TT specialist and Simon Hance Vets Champion.

Ipswich Bicycle Club is affiliated with the Eastern District Cycling Association. A full list of local 2018 time trial events can be found EDCA 2017 Time Trials. Anyone wanting to enter a time trial please do so via the Cycling Time Trials website.

There is also a SpoCoEast TT Competition and a list of qualifying events can be found at SpoCoEast.

Club TT’s

Ipswich Bike Club promotes a number of club Time Trials including running 4 events as part of the successful IDCA Series, a league run by local cycling and Triathlon Clubs based in and around Ipswich during the summer evenings with distances of 10 and 5 miles.

Find out more here: Ipswich and District Cycling Association and how local riders are doing.

Club Open 10mile event.

This year the Club Open results will taken from a selection of events held as part of the IDCA Series. Qualifying events will be  – 27th June & 4th July on Tannery (New Course) Battisford 10 Miles run by Stowmarket & DCC, and 26th July & 2nd August on Henley Circuit two laps of 5.3 mile course (Revised 10 miles) run by Wolsey RC.

Club Open 25mile event.

This year the Club Open 25 result will taken from times recorded at the Diss Open 25 on 13th August with an 07:00 start. This event requires advanced entry application but is never over subscribed. As an alternative for those that cannot make this date we will take times recorded for the Kings Lynn Open 25 on 5th August start time 14:00.

Club Trophys

As a club in excess of 100 years old there are numerous trophies to compete for and its not just the fastest who has a chance. A full list of trophies to compete for will appear soon but here is just a taster so why not set a target for this season.

1. Club champion Ladies and mens 25 mile trophies (Vs handicap),

2. Fastest 50Mile

3. Fastest 100mile (not many people do a 100mile a year so have a go if your keen or mad:-)

4. Novice 25mile(if you haven’t done a 25mile before your eiligble

5. Season TT handicap (handicap based on previous times) and usually combining 3 CTT events at distances of 25mile, 10mile and 2 or 3 ICA evening 10s. The prize rewards consistency and goes to the club member who performs best against their handicap and not necessarily the fastest rider.

Local TT Courses:

Tannery (New Course) Battisford 10 Miles (Unregistered)

START  and parking at Free Church, Battisford (results and refreshments @Battisford Punch Bowl PH) (race HQ). Take first left after turn to Ringshall, signed Moats Tye/Combs and proceed towards Stowmarket. Turn left at ‘T’ junction (with care). Proceed towards Battisford.   Pass the Start and retrace course to finish 1/4 mile short of START adjacent field hard standing prior to Battisford 30mph limit inline with footpath sign.

Course record Male – 20/05/2009 Lee Bark Stow & District 00:22.02
Female – 19/5/2010 Emilie Fisher Orbea 00:24:36

CTT East District Course B10/9  10 Miles
(Sudbourne – Tunstall – Bentwaters – Tunstall – Sudbourne)

START on B1078 approximately a quarter of a mile from junction with B1084 near Sudbourne. Proceed on B1078 through Tunstall village. Follow B1069 to roundabout at entrance to former Bentwaters Airbase, where retrace route along B1069 & B1078 past start. Turn left onto B1084 to FINISH approximately 200 yards from Five Crossways south of Sudbourne village.

CTT East District Course B25/2  25 miles
(Butley -Bentwaters – Bromeswell – Butley circuit, 2 lap)

Start on the no through road from Wantisden Corner to Wantisden Hall opposite the first tree NW of the farm entrance. Turn left onto the unclassified road to   Tunstall Common. Turn left onto the B0178 and through Tunstall on the B1069. Go ‘straight across’ the Bentwaters roundabout onto the A1152, and through Eyke to Bromeswell. In Bromeswell turn left onto the B1084, and proceed through Rendlesham Forest to Butley. At Wantisden Corner turn left onto unclassified road to Tunstall for second lap. At the end of the second lap the finish is located in the lay by on the unclassified road at Wantisden Corner. Turn left off the course to beyond the start area before turning round to return to the HQ.

Wickham Market – Woodbridge (CTT Course No. B10/36R) – 10 miles

START opposite eastern edge of manhole cover on B1078 road at Campsea Ash, approx. 11 metres east of entrance to slip road leading south to Wickham Mkt. Bypass (A12). Proceed to slip road where turn left to join A12 southbound, proceed on A12 to Melton RAB (5.2m). Take 3rd exit and retrace north on A12 to FINISH at 10th catseye south of large DoT sign in lay-by signed Lowestoft A12/Framlingham B1116/Wickham Mkt. B1078. Race HQ in lane close to start.

Course record: Martin Pyne (Polytechnic CC) 20.43 (1991)

Crowfield Circuit (CTT Course No. B10/32) – 10 miles

START at southernmost white post at entrance to water tower at Crowfield going towards Hemingstone. Take second left (1.8 miles), WITH CARE onto Gosbeck road and continue north through Gosbeck to junction with B1077, where bear left past Framsden Windmill to junction with A1120. Turn left and continue to Pettaugh, where turn left onto Crowfield road continue to FINISH approx. 100 yds past Rose PH, in line with yellow hydrant on opposite side of road at entrance to New Hall. (Signing-on and parking at The Crowfield Ros, close to start)

Course record:  Male – Lloyd Chapman (Catford CC Banks) 21:13 (9th May 2017)
Female – Verity Smith (Stowmarket & District CC) 25:47 (9th May 2017)

Henley Circuit two laps of 5.3 mile course (Revised 10 miles)

Revised measured 10 mile course now starts at end of Clay Lane approx 1mile north of Henley Cross Keys, at the junction of Ashbocking Rd.Proceed  to junction with B1078. Turn Sharp left towards Hemmingstone. At Hemingstone, turn left onto un-numbered road signed ‘Henley 2’ Proceed south through to Henley .Turn left at Five-ways cross-roads. Proceed past Henley School. End of lap one at the top of the hill (Henley Square). Complete another circuit as above and finish at top of the hill adjacent to farm gateway on L/H side of the road. (Signing-on and parking in Henley Community Centre car-park for the ICA evening events).

Course Record Lee Bark (Stow & Dist) 22.03 2/7/08

Female – Verity Smith (Stow & Dist) 25:29 12/7/16

Henley Circuit 1 lap of 5 mile course – 5 miles

As above but the finish is at the telegraph pole passed the Equestrian centre about 600 metres passed the 10 mile finish.

Course Record Male – Ollie Jones (Ipswich BC) 11:11 31/8/16

Female – Jayne Williams (Stowmarket & District CC) 13:07 21/8/13

Stowmarket (CTT Course No. B25/29a) – 25 miles

START in lane to Harleston at Quarry’s Cross opposite entrance to picnic area in line with end of clearway signs, approx. 20 yds short of junction with A14 (westbound). Proceed to A14 where turn left onto west bound carriageway. Proceed to sliproad for A134/Bury St Edmunds central near SugarBeet Factory at Bury St Edmunds where bear left to underpass roundabout. Encircle roundabout (11.78m) and taking 5th exit proceed up sliproad to rejoin A14 (Eastbound). Continue on A14 to FINISH at point approx. 5 metres before 200 yard marker for Stowmarket sliproad (Stowmarket A1308) adjacent to paint mark on kerb (25/29/2) approx. 50yds short of junction with Spike’s Lane.

Course Record: Martin Pyne (Leo RC) 51.49 (1995)

Otley – Saxtead Green Circuit (CTT Course No. BS/27) – 25 mile approx

START opposite ‘White Hart’ PH in Otley on B1079, proceed south through Otley Bottom to junction with B1078 at Clopton, where turn left. Proceed on B1078 through Charsfield, then just before Wickham Market take sharp left (Caution – do not cross white centre line!) onto Easton road. Follow road through Easton to junction with B1116, turn left towards Framlingham where continue until junction with B1119. Tur left and follow road to Saxtead Green where turn left onto A1120. Continue to Earl Soham where trun left just past “Victoria” PH (but remaining on A1120). Continue to Peats Corner where turn left onto B1077, continue through Helmingham and Ashbocking to junction with B1078. Turn left to FINISH approx. 200yds past crossroads.

Course Record: Martin Pyne (Polytechnic CC) 1.00.34 (1994)

Semer Hill, nr Hadleigh (CTT Course No. BHC/1) – Hillclimb (500yds)

START at post opposite entrance to Semer Church. FINISH at gap in hedge just over brow of hill on left.

Course Record: Jonathan Lee (CC Breckland) 48.9 seconds (1996)

Dis-used courses

Bramford (CTT Course No. B10/40) – 10 miles

START in lay-by on B1113, 50 metres north of Bramford/Somersham cross-roads. Proceed north to Claydon underpass roundabout, take 1st exit to join A14 westbound. Proceed west to A140 sliproad, turn left and proceed to roundabout, take 3rd exit to rejoin A14 eastbound. Proceed east to sliproad to Claydon roundabout, turn left and proceed to roundabout, Take 4th exit and proceed to FINISH at Parking sign near lay-by, 45 metres short of Bramford village sign, approx. 1/4 mile short of start.

Course Record: Matthew Illingworth (North Wirral Velo) 19.26 (1993)

Henley Circuit (CTT Course No. BS28) – 11 miles

just south of Henley Crosskeys PH. Proceed south through Henley to turn
left after double overhead power lines (signed ‘Westerfield’). Proceed
to cross-roads near Swan PH where turn left onto B1077, proceed through
Witnesham to Ashbocking where turn left onto B1078. At Hemingstone,
turn left onto un-numbered road signed ‘Henley 2’. Proceed to FINISH
few hundred yards short of Henley Crosskeys