Lotus Cars Cycle Race League 2018
Held under the Technical Regulations of British Cycling
Seven Tuesday evenings of racing! Four races per evening!
Lotus 1 on 1st May - Pre-enter Lotus 2 on 8th May - Pre-enter Lotus 3 on 15th May - Pre-enter Lotus 4 on 22nd May - opening soon Lotus 5 on 5th Jun - opening soon Lotus 6 on 12th Jun - opening soon Lotus 7 on 19th Jun - opening soon
Weekly Race Programme
|Race 1||19:00||Youth C/D & E (U12/U10/U8)||15 Minutes||South Circuit 0.8 miles|
|Race 2||19:01||Youth A & B (U16/U14)||25 Minutes||Start & Finish on South Circuit - otherwise North Circuit of 1.2 miles|
|Race 3||19:30||Men E/1/2/3/4/J||60 Minutes||Full Circuit of 2.2 miles|
|Race 4||19:31||Women E/1/2/3/4/J Cat, Men 4th Cat All Ages, Men 3rd Cat aged 50+ on Jan 1||60 Minutes||Full Circuit of 2.2 miles|
Don’t forget, No Licence, No Crash Hat = No Race
Day Race Licences issued to Youth Riders ONLY. No Exception. This means that everyone else (junior and senior riders) MUST have a full race licence, ie, a Silver or Gold membership plus the race licence; see this BC page for more information.
Parental consent form (Word Doc or PDF) required for all day licence riders every time they compete. An additional fee of £1.50 is charged for Day Licence Holders. (Many clubs offer free youth membership and BC race licence, so if you are not in a club... )
Disc Brakes now permitted, but Tri-bars, arm extensions and pads are not.
Rider Safety and Risk Assessment
New British Cycling Risk Assessment demands small changes to the Race Organisation and the way we operate.
A BC Race Official will follow each race in a car equipped with a PA system.
A maximum of 2 races can be held on the full circuit at any one time.
The RA has also stated a maximum of 140 riders on the circuit racing, with a maximum field size for one of the races as 100.
Please take time to familiarise yourself with the Special Requirements For Two Races Run Simultaneously
Rider Selection and Points
Selection for the senior races will follow BC guidelines with some additions.
All Ladies will be accepted. If some Ladies wish to ride the Mens E/1/2/3/4 they must enter this race but will compete with the men on an equal footing.
For the Mens E/1/2/3/4/J selection will be in the order of category. 4th Cats who specifically wish to ride this race must enter it. Normally there are circa 45 E/1/2/3 entrants.
For the Mens 3rd & 4th Cat race, selection will be on a 1st come 1st served basis.
If either race is oversubscribed any spaces in the other race will be automatically filled. However we want to maximise participation so if after entering you know you will not be able to compete, please advise by 18:00 Sunday OR you will be put on the end of the list in subsequent weeks!
There can be NO SWAPPING of races on the night.
There will be BC & LCCRL Points for each Youth Age group for Boys & Girls
Despite ladies & 4th Cat men being in the same race BC & LCCRL points will be awarded for both.
All Youth races will be anti-clockwise with the finish on the South Circuit on the far side of the circuit. The same finish will be used for Senior anti-clock races.
For Senior clockwise races the finishing point will be by the gate in the Pit Wall.
Riders for all races will line up and start from the south end of the pit lane.
The MyLaps Timing/Judging System will be used for all races.
This will ensure that we can place every rider in every race but to do so you must enter via the BC website by the Thursday prior so that we can ‘set up’ the races on MyLaps and assign Transponder Numbers to those who hire.
All riders MUST CARRY a MyLaps Pro Chip FLEX Transponder securely attached low down on the front forks with a cable tie.
Transponders can be purchased via hs sports. Cost via HS Sports is currently 36 Euro for a 1 year subscription with options for 2 & 5 years, Purchasing a further 1 years subscription is 25 Euro. Transponders should last 5 years. If demand is sufficient LCCRL will purchase transponders and sell them on at cost.
If you wish to purchase please allow 4 weeks before your first Race that will use MyLaps. They have to be activated via a Windows system.
Transponders can be hired on the night for £5 + £20 returnable deposit for ALL Riders that evening.
If you have purchased your own transponder, you must enter the number EXACTLY as printed - ie, with upper case & hyphen. Please ensure you have sufficient battery life and that your subscription is still valid. Do not ‘turn up’ with an activated transponder of which we have no knowledge. ( If you do that, MyLaps will pick up the number but it will not tell us whom you are!)
For more information, please read our page on Chip Timing.
Race Entry Fees
- Juniors & Seniors £15
- Youth U16 & U14 £5
- Youth U12, U10 & U8 £3
How to Enter
Pre-enter using the Lotus links at the top of this page by end of Thursday 5 days prior to the race. The number of Transponders available for hire could be limited and will be shared amongst the races fairly. It will be case of 1st come 1st served. If competitor numbers exceed the maximum those who have not started, a previous race will be denied entry. An Entry Sheet will be forwarded to each competitor by the Monday each week showing your assigned Transponder Number.
Entry to Lotus Test Track – Potash Lane, Hethel, NR14 8EZ
You will be allowed to enter the site between 18:15 and 19:15. A completed Lotus Cycle Event Track Indemnity Form must be handed in by every competitor, spectator & official on your 1st visit. Thereafter you will be checked against a list.
Facilities at Lotus
There is no covered facility at Lotus other than for toilets and "Signing On" which is in the old Control Tower building.
Please do not change in view of Group Lotus PLC employees.
Toilets for men are via the outside door in the old Control Tower building; ladies' toilets are inside, opposite the "Signing On" room.
Please obey the 15mph Speed Limit
Refreshments will be provided by Risi Bici Café Deli
First Aid: St John Ambulance
Please note that unofficial photography is not allowed!. We are however looking for an official photographer, but this has yet to be approved by Lotus; please indicate your interest in this on the Lotus Helpers Schedule page.
On the Night
At "Sign On", leave your Race Licence, collect your Body Number and enter that number on the "Sign On" sheet.
Add another £25 (including a £20 deposit) if you need to HIRE a Transponder. Ensure you have the correct Transponder. Fit securely low down on Front Forks with Cable Tie provided.
Please return all Body Numbers & HIRED Transponders before you go home, and your Race Licence and any Transponder Deposit will be returned to you.
Will be posted on this website and the MyLaps website, and forwarded to press and BC ASAP
Juniors born 2000/2001 Youth A (under 16) born 2002/2004 Youth B (under 14) born 2004/2006 Youth C (under 12) born 2006/2008 Youth D (under 10) born 2008/2010 Youth E (under 80 born 2010 or after.
Youth B/C/D & E.
Wheels shall have a maximum rim depth of 35 mm with a minimum of 16 spokes and a max of 40. Spokes can be round, oval or flat but must not exceed 10 mm in width.
Juniors = 7.93 metres Youth A = 6.93 m Youth B = 6.45 m Youth C = 6.05 m Youth D = 5.40 m Youth E = 5.10 m
This is the maximum distance travelled by 1 complete revolution of the pedals with the chain on the largest front chain ring and the smallest cog on the rear wheel.
The easiest way to check this is to mark out the distance on a path with a piece of chalk. Set the crank (pedal) arm vertical over the starting point and wheel the bike backwards in a straight line. The crank must return to its original position before or at the finishing point.
If it is, ‘over’ screw in the stop adjuster on the rear gear so that it will not change onto the smallest cog. It may be necessary to adjust the front changer in a similar fashion.
This rule ensures that riders learn how to pedal fast without straining themselves pushing. Fast pedalling not pushing is the key to success.
Ensure your max gear is checked by an official before you sign on.
We always need more volunteers at LCCRL. If things are a little slow and you are getting impatient you will know why. Instead of complaining, do something: find some volunteers! Volunteer expenses paid at 30p per mile.