League News

Lots to talk about, so grab a beverage of choice (make ours a cold one) and read on…. (or click a link to go straight to that part)

Event Organiser Training
Track League Volunteers
Moved or Transferred Entries
New Warm Up Protocol
Another new race!

Event Organiser Training

Further to previous notices about the need for more event organisers, British Cycling South East have offered some times when the online training course will be available. Why do we need to do this?

  • SCRL events are too numerous for one person to dedicate their time to being at every event.
  • For SCRL to continue to offer events, we need a pool of event organisers (amongst other things).
  • To be an on the day organiser for SCRL, you must be delegated as such in the BC system by the event promoter.
  • To be able to do this, you must be a BC member and have the organiser dashboard enabled on the website against your BC account.
  • For this to happen, you must undergo some training about the event dashboard and being an event organiser.

More details are in the original post here, but in brief, the organiser role is essentially the person running the event at the venue on the day.

Remember, the more organisers we have, the easier it is, the less likely there will be cancelled events.

If you are interested please fill out the form here and we will contact you closer to the time. For reference, the available evenings are:

  • Friday 8th July
  • Tuesday 12th July
  • Friday 15th July
  • Monday 18th July

Track League Volunteers

It’s great that we now have so many parents involved in the racing. The downside of this is that we are now very tight on volunteers to fill the required marshal spots of an evening.

With that, we see the return of the volunteer spreadsheet. We need to see this filled by Wednesday 3pm (when entries close) every week, otherwise racing may well not happen. For those who have not used it before, the spreadsheet is public so just add your name to slots you can fill.

The marshal points are a non-negotiable part of our risk assessment, so they MUST be present in the numbers required.

From next season, we will be looking at some alternate methods of ensuring that volunteer spots are filled and that racing goes ahead.

Moved/Transferred Entries

There seems to be a bit of confusion about how transferred entries work, so we should make it clear.

  • Any cancelled races automatically roll over entries to the next week, every week until a race meeting takes place.
  • You can refund your entry yourself any time up to closing. Open your entry and from the “Actions” menu select “Refund/cancel”
  • If you cannot make it to the rolled over week, let us know at BEFORE THE NEW EVENT CLOSING TIME and we will move it to our holding event. It will stay there until you request it to be moved again. After the closing time it cannot be moved.
  • If you DO NOT refund or request your entry be moved prior to closing, you cannot be refunded as we then have to pay levies to British Cycling on the entry, whether you race or not. If you ask nicely we might give you a credit note but this will not be repeated too often, as it causes additional admin work.

New Warm Up Protocol

In the interest of safety, we are going to try a new warm up protocol from this week.

  • 6:00 – 6:30 = All riders may use the track. Slow riding only, no efforts. Exercise caution.
  • 6:30 – 6:40 = Youth Minor riders only
  • 6:40 – 6:50 = All other riders only

We would also like to remind all riders of the basic warm up etiquette, in particular.

  • Slower riding above the blue line and as far up the track as sensibly possible.
  • Efforts below the blue line.
  • Do not ride more than “two abreast” in a group during the warm up. Our track is too narrow to safely accommodate anything else when a faster group may be passing.

Another new race!

This week we will be introducing another new race – the course de points!

This is similar to the tempo race, in that one point every specified number of laps (every lap for youth minor, every other lap for everyone else) is used not to decide a winner, but is added directly to the riders league total. For the last lap, the usual points for 1st through 6th place are awarded, so even if one or two break off the front, there is still something to play for on the last lap.

Just as a quick example:

  • Points Lap 1 = Rider 1 is 1st over the line
  • Points Lap 2 = Rider 2 is 1st over the line
  • Points Lap 3 = Rider 1 is 1st over the line again
  • Final Lap = Rider 3 is 1st, Rider 1 is 2nd and Rider 2 is 3rd

Rider 1 gets 5 points for the second place plus two points from the points laps so 7 points are added to their league total.

Rider 2 gets 4 points for the third place plus one point from the points lap, so 5 points are added to their league total.

Rider 3 gets the 6 points from first place added to their league total.