Our club “10” time trial series decides the winner of the Harry Must Trophy. It runs every year from around April/May until July/August time. Any club first or second claim member can turn up and ride without any pre-registration, these events are free. Special TT bikes are not required, in fact it’s a very simple competition, open to everyone. Weekly results will be published regularly on the club website and a points table will also be updated. For 2017 the Harry Must starts the first Saturday in May on the Crowhurst course where there are four rounds (every Saturday morning) and switches to the Cudham course in June for a further seven rounds on Thursday evenings. A full calendar is published at the beginning of the season.
You need to know
You just need a bike, any type will do but your fastest machine is obviously preferable. Knowledge of the course is recommended to avoid missing turns or getting lost (it has happened!), however the course is now marshalled by volunteers from the club so no more missed turns in Harry Must these days!
Wearing a helmet is also recommended, especially pointy ones (you will go faster). Under 18 must wear a helmet and bring a signed parental consent form.
For reference, the CTT (Time Trialing Governing Body) has a page with few tips for beginners. Remember that this is a club event, not an Open time trial, some of the descriptions about registration may not apply.
Cudham Course (QS/30)
This is our staple course for the Harry Must. It’s challenging, starting and finishing on the long drag of Cudham Lane. The course is a full lap which runs from Cudham Lane (start at the Blacksmith Arms PH car park) via Knockholt, Pratt’s bottom then on the A21 for a mile before retracing back on to Cudham lane until the finish at the Blacksmith Arms car park. The course is anticlockwise and therefore left turns only. Marshals will be present on key turns (including A21 roundabouts) to indicate directions. It’s fairly straightforward; watch for the turns on your first ride, only turn left when obvious and if someone is standing with a fluorescent bib. Watch for cars when going through Knockholt, parking or reversing from private roads. You must respect the Highway Code at all times; cars will not give way at roundabouts. The course is normally quiet at around 7.30/8.00pm.
Course Length: 9.3miles (15km)
Meeting Point: Car Park next to Blacksmith Arms Pub, Cudham (see map)
Crowhurst Course (GS/382)
The course is two laps with a total distance of 12.7 miles. It’s a rolling course. As with the Cudham course the route is anticlockwise so you’ll only be turning left. Please familiarise yourself with the GPS segment below. Starting outside Crowhurst Village Hall the route takes you to Crowhurst Lane End (where care is need for the first turn as the line of sight to the right and any oncoming traffic is obscured by the railway bridge), down Tandridge Lane to the t-junction at the Red Barn, left along the B2029, left into Lingfield Common Road and left again into Crowhurst Road and Crowhurst Lane to the start/finish. Remember: It’s 2 laps!!
Course Length: 12.7 miles (20.44km)
Meeting Point: Outside Crowhurst Village Hall
In 2017 we’ll run events every week from Saturday May 6th at Crowhurst (GS/382) at 10.30am for four weeks and then seven events on the Cudham (QS30) course every Thursday evening starting 8th June to 27th July (we miss one Thursday (29th June)). until July. Full calendar is available via the following link: TT Calendar
Rules for the Harry Must cup will be the same as 2016. We will still use a points system awarded for each event, the winner receiving 10 points, the second 9 points and so on, down to one point for tenth place.
The number of events required to qualify will depend on the number of events held during the series. Unfortunately, events have been cancelled in the past, due to roadworks on the course. To qualify you need to ride at least half of all events including one on each course (Cudham and Crowhurst). There are 11 events are scheduled for 2017, therefore if all events go ahead, 5 events will be required to qualify. If two events do not go ahead we’ll drop the qualification down to 4 events.
Points are awarded in each category: Men, Women, Juniors. Ties will be decided by comparing head to head rides on the same events. Of course, you can turn-up at any event and enjoy a friendly competition, qualifying for the overall points table is not a requirement.