SPOCO comes from the descripion for a time trial route as a 'Sporting Course'.
This means it is run on quiet country lanes, usually with a few hills and bends to add interest.
SPOCO time trials are great fun and are enjoyed by competitors of all abilities.
The aim is to cover the full distance of the course in the shortest time you can manage. Riders set off individually, 1 minute apart.
The next SPOCO event is on 18 March.
First rider off at 9:01am.
Sign-on at the Club house in Cardington opening from 08:15 to 08:45 approximately.
£4:00 for BRCC Members who have paid their subs
£5:00 for non BRCC Guests and BRCC members who have not yet paid their subs
£2:00 for Junior Riders
The route is the 1Z/10 10 mile course. See map here.
NB Entry is through this page only. Entries close the day before the event.
See more about the SPOCO Series at the end of this page...
What you need to know about the SPOCO Series
Entry is open to members and non-members. You must enter online using this form. Entries close on the day before the event.
The SPOCO events are a series of time trails in which Club Members compete against the clock on hilly SPOrting COurses.
They are usually held on Sunday mornings. Check bedsroad.org or Facebook for latest timings.
If you want to try competitive cycling, the SPOCO Series is an ideal introduction. Most of our SPOCO events are held on
lanes around Cardington village. Some however are Interclub events.
Inter-club events are held between ourselves and our friends at the Icknield Road Cycling Club, Hitchin Nomads CC, St Neots and CC Ashwell.
Points are awarded for each race and a final winning club is revealed at the end of the season. Second claim riders can compete in
the inter-club events representing the BRCC.
Club Members competing for the SPOCO Trophy earn points for each race, and the best 8 results are added to give a final
Riders who wish to compete in the SPOCO Series and for the handicap awards should complete the online entry form.
Non members can ride a Private Time Trial (PTT).
A PTT does not count towards the handicap prize, or the SPOCO Series. You can book a place up to the day of the event, if places are available, but we strongly suggest you book at least a few days before the event to be sure of a place. Sign on before the event at the clubhouse, between 08:15 and 08:45, and pay your entry fee.
SPOCOs are held on Sunday mornings, the first rider is off at 9:01am for most events apart from inter-club events, which may be different - see info nearer the time, or events on the A600 or A507.
Event entry is £4.00 for paid-up BRCC members, or £5.00 for PTT riders. All Interclub events are £3.00. The entry fee
should be paid at the sign-on desk for each event.
Riders aged under 18 must submit a parental consent form, signed by their parent or guardian.
This form can be downloaded from the CTT website.
Riders under 18 get reduced entry fee of £2.00.
Conduct at the Events & Regulations
Sign on desk at the Clubhouse will close fifteen minutes before the first rider is pushed off.
Arrive on time as the start is not always outside the Clubhouse, and the Clubhouse may be locked.
Parking: if you cannot travel to the Clubhouse by bike, please do not park across our neighbours driveways, and do not park outside the Clubhouse or near the start and finish lines; and also note that we
do not have permission to use the Village Hall car park.
We must keep the road outside the Clubhouse clear, and must respect our neighbours - please keep your voices down when outside the clubhouse.
We STRONGLY recommend you wear a hard shell helmet, and REQUIRE all riders under 18 to wear one - this is a CTT rule.
We recommend you fit a flashing rear RED light.
No u-turns in the road within sight of the start and finish lines.
CTT Regulation 21 - Paced & Company Riding: Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and not ride in company or take shelter
(commonly known as drafting) from other riders or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another must pass without receiving or giving shelter.
The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaken. Riders who brach this regulation will be disqualified.
On crossing the finish line please LOUDLY call out your number to help the timekeepers, otherwise your time may not be recorded.
Please do not disturb the timekeepers, mingle around them, or block their view - they will be busy recording other riders' times.
If you cannot ride If you have booked and are on the start sheet, we expect you to ride. We have reserved a place for you, we have put in effort and time in running the event for you. We understand that sometimes, after booki you cannot ride. In these cases, we consider it is common courtesy for a rider who is unable to sign on, to inform the organiser BEFORE the event, that he or she cannot ride. This then allows us to allocate that place to another rider who may be able to benefit from it.
We reserve the right to refuse all future entries from riders who are seen to regularly book, not sign on, and fail to show the simple courtesy of offering an apology before the event.
We will aim to have the results available on the results page soon after each event. And they are generally available in the Clubhouse shortly after the last rider comes in.