DTCC are looking to develop the racing aspect of the club. It’s a great way of getting the clubs name out there and for those involved to get fitter, faster and more confident riding their bikes. There are many different types of bike racing some of which are explained below.
Skinny tyres, mud, short, sharp off-road races, with hurdles, obstacles and intense action. That’s cyclo-cross, a form of off-road racing that predates mountain biking by decades. Races throughout Autumn/Winter, you don’t need to have a CX bike, a Mountain bike will do if just want to have a bit of fun!
These are bunch events that take place on the open road over a pre-determined lap or laps. Riders sign on at a HQ before the race begins in a ‘neutralised’ form – allowing the peloton to group-up before racing commences. Races can either be stand-alone events of part of a league or series. These take place in Spring/Summer.
These take place on traffic-free facilities, either purpose built for cycling or repurposed motor racing circuits or airfields. Races begin from a standing start and are shorter than road races, often only lasting for an hour for senior riders. Closed road circuits often have demanding corners with lots of braking, accelerating and cornering, demanding power and riding skill. Often called ‘criterium’ (or crit for short), these races are most often part of a league that lasts all season, allowing riders to compete for overall victory.
A specialist branch of road racing, time trialling pits the riders, one-by-one, against a course of a predetermined length in an against-the-clock test. Time trials come in a number of standard lengths; 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, with ultra-endurance 12 or 24 hour events, where riders try to complete the longest distance in the prescribed time.
is to cycling what ‘track and field’ is to athletics, with racing for a wide range of riders and body types, from short, timed, solo sprint races to long, high endurance bunch races. Track cycling is all about speed, technique, tactics and nerve.
Short term goal for DTCC is to determine who is interested in representing the club and at what type of racing and to race a season to show you are committed.
Long term goal is to form a race team with sponsorship and regular training sessions.
Want to Know More?
So if you would like to know more or be part of DTCC race team then get in contact with the Race Secretary. It is open to all members whatever your abilities and goals are, don’t be put off by thinking it is only for fit, fast riders, it’s the best way to get fit and have some fun.