LONDON WEST DISTRICT COUNCIL, CYCLING TIME TRIALS: MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING, SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2010 AT THE KNOWL HILL VILLAGE HALL
Only 9 Clubs were represented in freezing conditions. The start of the meeting was delayed to enable latecomers to arrive. A member of the District Committee, Barry Quick, Reading CC, came by cycle.
1) Apologies for absence were received from Graham Patterson. Jim Burgin,
Mark Scanlan, Maggie Smith, Mick and Marion Fountain and Granville Olive.
2) In the absence of the Chairman, Gordon Wright was elected unanimously
as Acting Chairman. He explained that the purpose of the meeting was to
consider the agenda of the National Council, excepting those 8 resolutions
from the London West District Council which had already been approved at the
Annual General Meeting on 10 October.
3) In discussion of the agenda papers for CTT National Council Annual General Meeting it was decided to begin with the Annual Report of the National Committee, section by section.
On "Safety of the Sport" the Secretary said that he intended to raise the breach of Regulation 4 in the Western Time Trials Association 100 on course U46/100C on 15 August 2010 in which the first rider was due to start at 05.30 some 30 minutes before sunrise and commence by riding in the half light on the A419 dual carriageway. He had reported the matter to the National Competitions Secretary who had promised to investigate.
On signage and the Highways Agency the Secretary drew attention to the need to liaise with the Highways Agency or its contactors and the need to co-operate with them and to inform them of when and where our events would be run. An incident had occurred after the VTTA London and Home Counties on H25/2 on 3 October in which the event secretary had been accosted by two Highways Agency men in a van while he was removing his signs after the event and it appeared that some of his signs had been taken away. The A404 was the only road used by the District which was still under Highways Agency control. The A34 was no longer used and the A420 had been transferred to local authority control. The District Committee would hope to hold a meeting with the Highways Agency or its representatives to resolve this problem before the first events there next season.
The Report stated that the National Committee proposed to introduce a simplified entry form but gave no details as to how and when this would take place. Our delegates would try to find out more.
It was noted that at the January 2010 Champions Night the Guest of Honour, Dan Lloyd, a professional team rider, had been paid a speakerís fee of £986 whereas in the previous year none had been paid. It was decided that this was the price of asking a professional cyclist to speak
On "Development of the Sport" disquiet was expresses that CTT was still paying for "Advertorials" to appear in national magazines, in 2009 in Cycling Weekly and n 2010 in Cycling Plus. No details had been given in the accounts of this expenditure. As Cycling Weekly had become even worse in its reporting of time trials despite a growing participation in events this was considered unjustified. However as Cycling Weekly had reported London West DCís resolution on recumbents in club events with a picture and the headline "CTT Flat out for Change" in a coverage unprecedented in recent years of the CTT National AGM perhaps they had been shaken out of their disregard by our enterprise. Our delegates should continue to oppose paying journals to publish "Advertorials" when they should be reporting our events as a matter of considerable interest to cyclists.
In the section on "Major Events" the Secretary praised riders from the District led by John Warnock of Twickenham CC who had won the 24 Hour Championship with the second greatest distance ever recorded of 520.19 miles despite losing 10 minutes with a puncture in the night and nearly 42 miles ahead of the runner up, Simon Bever, also from Twickenham CC. Competition team record is 1441.59 miles set in 1980, so that a third Twickenham CC rider would have needed to complete only more than 443.08 miles to break it.
Other local performances of note included the 4th place of Nicholas English in the BBAR despite having his potentially best 12 hour ride lost when the Breckland CC 12 hours as abandoned after 8 hours due to an accident. Rebecca Slack, London Dynamo CC, the promoter of the three Richmond Park circuit events, achieved 5th place in the Womenís BBAR having been a novice only 2 years ago. London Dynamo had also broken the Womenís 25 mile team record. In the Time Trial series John Woodburn had again won on target time with his training partner, Stan Makiak, Didcot Phoenix CC, in third place. Trudi Sammons, Reading CC, won the Women Veterans section.
The meeting then considered all the resolutions save those proposed by London West DC, half of the total number of topics proposed by the other 20 districts and by the National Committee combined.
Resolution number 6 on subscriptions and registration fees was approved after a long discussion and our delegation were asked to vote in favour. There was unease that the process of an increase by 5% annually was open ended but the explanation that it could be amended at any future National Council meeting was a safeguard. Some delegates favoured a greater emphasis on subscription income rather than from event levies, not least to check the current proliferation of tiny breakaway clubs for which a substantial increase might be a deterrent. George Gent from Maidenhead and District CC pointed out that many such clubs had been taking advantage of his clubís numerous club events.
Resolution 7 on the same subject appeared to reflect one which we had proposed last year and our delegates were instructed to vote in favour. This would require clubs to pay subscriptions by 15 November instead of 31 December or be deemed to have resigned membership. This would mean that the list in the new Handbook could be more up-to-date.
Resolutions 10,11 and 12 all proposed to make the use of a working rear light in all events compulsory. It was agreed by 10 votes to 2 to instruct our delegates to oppose this mainly because of this compulsion. Lights were a prudent precaution but their use should continue to be strongly recommended. The National Committee resolution (number 10) was the best of the three in that riders only had to have a working light when they started and would not be disqualified if their light the failed but it was clumsy to have omitted this point from the explanation and to have buried it in the Annual Report.
Resolution 16 that competitors must not start before their allotted time was agreed to be worth supporting and our delegates were instructed to vote in favour. It was though that it had been prompted by the 10 minutes early start by Julia Shaw in the Hirwaun Wheelers 25 in 2009 when her elapsed time of 51-08 was the fastest Womenís time ever recorded but rejected as a new Competition Record for that reason.
Resolution 17 was also supported and our delegates were instructed to vote in favour. It would add a footnote to modify the regulation on clothing to be worn in Team Time Trials so that it would no longer be mandatory for all riders in a team to wear identical clothing. Its significance for London West DC was that it would achieve the same objective as our resolution 18. Our delegates may therefore be asked if they need to propose our version if Resolution 17 is approved.
Resolution 20 on the duties of the Principal (Chief) Timekeeper embraced the usual practice and our delegates were asked to vote in favour. It was noted that the start timekeeper had to identify each rider, something which was not done in the Julia Shaw 10 minutes early start case, and that it included a needed clarification that it was not a timekeeperís duty to enforce other Regulations which should be done by the event secretary or other official observer at the start.
Delegates were given a free hand on the amendment to Championship Conditions to enable the winners of categories in the previous yearís BTTC to gain entry if they had no qualifying time.
Delegates were also given a free hand on Resolution 22 on the designation of events not open to all. It was considered that the concept that riders could be either men, women or veterans was puzzling, implying that gender differences vanished at above the age of 40.
Delegates were also given a free hand on Resolution 24 on the postage costs of CTT Handbooks. It was noted that the printers now posted any number of them individually and not as a single parcel which could not pass though a letterbox.
4). Any Other Business. None.
The acting Chairman closed the meeting at 11.35 am and was praised for his conduct of the meeting by several delegates.