By David Goodwin
Published 03/09/2021; Updated 04/06/2021

After a year in COVID mothballs, the NCC Tuesday Time Trial and Hill Climb series is back in action. The series will begin on Tuesday, April 6th.

We are committed to holding the full series outside on actual roads. Yes, things will be a little different this year as we operate under pandemic protocols. That said, we made a few modifications to ensure the safety of all participants. Please note that these rules will be tightened or loosened if conditions change.

Each week, both the time trial and the hill climb will be solo events that a participant can ride at any point during the day. This includes riding to the start point and back from the finish point (unless another rider is in your household or pod).

All riders must be safely distanced and masked at all times near the start line if other riders are present. If another rider is at the start line upon arrival, determine who is expected to ride faster and let that person start first to help prevent encounters on the road.

Drafting is not allowed for both the time trial and the hill climb events. In past years, we allowed drafting for hill climbs. In the interest of safety, drafting is not allowed this year for both disciplines.

On the Time Trial and Hill Climb Series Routes page, you will find descriptions of each course. In addition, you will find links to photos of the start and end points of each route. Thanks to Jonathan O’Keeffe for providing these helpful photos. Accurate results depend upon riders knowing exactly where to ride.

Please remember that each event starts from a dead stop (no rolling starts). Each riders will be responsible for their own timing. Please bring a cycling computer or a watch to time yourself. If needed there is a Strava segment for each course. If submitting results from a Strava segment, three seconds will be added to the time to account for minor differences in distance.

The dates and location of each time trial and hill climb are posted on the NCC CalendarOn the day of each event, e-mail your results by 9:00 PM to David Goodwin.

Anyone is welcome to participate. These events are informal and attract all different ages and skill level riders. If you have never tried a time trial or hill climb, now is your chance. Any type of bike (except e-bikes) are great for this series.

Best of luck to all participants.