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The CTT web site recently announced the superb news that Knight Composites, the USA based wheel manufacturer, has agreed to an on-going association with Cycling Time Trials.
Knight Composites will sponsor the Classic Series and the series will now be known as Knight Composites Classic Series. The series comprises six events with nine categories: men, women, espoirs, juniors, paracyclists, veterans (actual), veterans (target), women veterans plus a team award, with Knight wheelsets being awarded as prizes for each overall category winner. In addition to that fantastic prize list, whose value must be £17k+, as CTT members you can get discounts on these superbly designed and engineered wheelsets.
So lads and lasses get your entries in for the Knight Composite Classic Series events and make sure they are all over subscribed.
The question for 2017 is, will Hayley Simmonds continue to dominate the women's events and will the men's event see another Hutch or Bottrill emerge?
Now that you have sent off your entry to a CTT event and been accepted make sure you do not find yourself disqualified by failing to meet the 3cm rule. See page 341 of the 2017 Handbook.
Having read that page turn over the page to read the instructions regarding the placing of the rear facing number that you will be wearing during the event. The placing is important for three reasons: Firstly because so many riders seem intent on wearing dark colours that blend you into the background the bright orange number, correctly placed is a safety feature, making you more visible to motorists. Secondly, when you flash past the time-keeper at warp speed they can see who you are and award you a time. Thirdly and I must admit this is a purely selfish reason, I can see your number which cuts down my time after the event putting names to riders before uploading the images to my galleries.
For those riders that have problems with left and right, when the start sheet instructs you to place an arm number on your left shoulder, remember that the left shoulder is the one nearest to the kerb!
Finally, please, oh please, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!
Make it a fast and safe 2017.