U13, U15 and U17 cyclists can look forward to riding the Cycling NSW Junior TTT Challenge, a new style of team time trial event at the NSW Junior Road Championships in 2021.
A handicap format will allow juniors from all across the state to compete, even if their club lacks the riders for a traditional club-based team.
The existing state championship will remain part of the event, so clubs and regions can continue to compete for the prestigious state title.
First, you’ll enter a team of four riders through our online entry portal.
Enter the team in one of six categories: U13, U15 or U17 in male or female.
There’s no entry fee for the TTT.
If you can’t field a full team of four, enter as many riders as you can. The Cycling NSW selectors will do their best to put you into a team.
Depending on your team’s composition, it will be placed in one of two streams.
The Championship stream contains all teams that are eligible for the state championships. Usually, that means all riders are from the same club, have the same gender, and in the same age category. There are exceptions, so check CNSW Technical Regulation 6.8 for the rules.
The Open stream includes all other teams. For example, teams:
When entering, you’ll be prompted to select which stream your team belongs to.
After entries close, the state handicapper will work out a handicap for each team based on their expected performance.
For example, the fastest team on paper would get no handicap. A team made up of academy riders might get a handicap of, say, 45 seconds. A team of new riders might get a handicap of 3 minutes or more (these are just arbitrary examples to give you an idea).
When setting handicaps, the handicapper will consider past time trial results.
You’ll be able to see each team’s handicap before race day.
On the day of the TTT Challenge, it’ll be like any normal team time trial.
Each team will start one after another at regular intervals. They’ll all race the same course, and they’ll all race once.
Their aim is to set the fastest time they can, with their finish time recorded on the third rider to cross the line.
As in previous years, the fastest Championship teams will win the state championship medals in their age category.
After we’ve determined the state champions, all teams (both Championship and Open) will have their handicaps subtracted from their actual time. This will give their handicap result.
Within each age category, all teams will be ranked according to their handicap result, from shortest time to longest time.
The teams with the best handicap results will be the winners of the Cycling NSW TTT Challenge, and receive prizes and medals accordingly.
It’s possible that the state champions also win the TTT Challenge—but it’s also possible for a slower team on the road to win after you factor in the handicaps.
We’ve created the Cycling NSW TTT Challenge to give more juniors the opportunity to race more team time trials, helping them develop in this specific discipline.
In the past, some juniors have been excluded from riding a TTT because their club doesn’t have enough riders in their age group to form a championship team.
This new TTT Challenge allows riders to form teams with anyone else, regardless of club. This means more juniors can race!
At the same time, the state championship is an important and prestigious title, so we’ve made sure to preserve that.
With the TTT becoming part of the AusCycling Junior Road National Championships from 2021 onwards, we want NSW’s juniors to learn the skills they need to excel at the national level. This starts by offering more opportunities to race TTTs here in NSW.
Finally, the handicap format means more juniors will have a chance to taste victory, even if they’re not purely as fast as others. We could see some fresh faces on a state podium!
COVID’s throwing a few curveballs our way, but for now the NSW Junior Road Championships are scheduled for 11–12 September in Port Macquarie. That’s when the TTT Challenge will take place.
Stay tuned for when we open the entry portal.
We’re also aiming to host a similar event for U19s in the Hunter region. Keep an eye out for more announcements.
If you have any questions, contact Cycling NSW CEO Graham Seers: email@example.com.
Cover photo by Rob Lloyd.