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Halesowen Track League

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League type: League
Affiliated: 31/12/2019
Affilation status: Active

Total league members: 53

About our league

HALESOWEN FRIDAY NIGHT TRACK LEAGUE

REGISTRATION is now OPEN for 2019

For 2019 we will move to a system where A and B category races over a certain distance will carry British Cycling ranking points. Probably two B cat races per night and three A cat races.

We will also rejig the registration fees. These will now be £20 for senior and junior riders, and £5 for all under-16s. Registered senior riders will get entry fees pegged at 2018 prices i.e. £10 per night; there is also no change for under-16s and families. Senior riders who are not registered will have an entry fee of £15.

Dates & Times for 2019

In 2019 Halesowen Friday Night Track League will take place from May 3 to August 16, starting at 7.05pm. Sign-on will close at 6.50pm. The changing rooms will be open from 6.20pm and track will be open for riders to warm-up from 6.45pm. Prize presentation night yet to be scheduled.

Accreditation sessions: yet to be scheduled. Please contact coaching.hacc@outlook.com or william.fotheringham@guardian.co.uk for more details.

Track location: off Manor Way, which is the A456 between M5 motorway and Halesowen, postcode B62 8RW

Categories of racing and eligibility:
• Freewheelers - under 10 riders only
• Youth 2 - generally under 12, but exceptions made based on ability
• Youth 1 - generally under 14, but exceptions made based on ability
• Cat B - mid-range riders (can be youth, senior, veteran). As a general rule, B category should include novice senior, junior and masters riders, male and female; for more experienced 3rd category seniors and masters, male and female, and junior and under-16 women - particularly those who are not racing regularly at regional level - the choice should be open to the invididual as to whether they opt for A or B category.
• Cat A - fastest riders (can be youth, senior or veteran). As a general rule, A category should include elite, first, second category seniors and masters, male and female, plus second and third category juniors and third category seniors who are racing regularly at regional level. For under-16 male and female, and 3rd-category masters, male and female who are racing at national and regional level, the choice should be open.
• At initial registration, senior riders and under-16s can request a category to race in - B or A - depending on their personal assessment of their ability bearing the above guidelines in mind. However, the organisers reserve the right to suggest to riders that they change category if their ability does not seem appropriate for the category they have chosen. This applies particularly to the B league, which is expected to serve as an introductory path for newcomers and talented youth riders. Previous winners of the B category league will be expected to register for the A league in the following seasons.
Under-16 males with dispensation to race with seniors will be expected to race the A league as per BC rules; for under-16 women, the decision should be open.

Gear restriction

To make racing in the A league more equitable given the range of abilities and ages involved - and cater for the fact that U16 riders have a limited gear - there will be a gear restriction on senior riders with elite, first and second category licences of 51x15 (91.8 inches). This will be enforced informally i.e. there will not be inspections pre-race, but the commissaires will keep their eyes open and will inspect post-race as they see fit; they are under instructions to do this in a way that respects older riders who may need to use a higher gear to be competitive. The sanction will be disqualification from the evening's results.

Women's racing

We are keen to increase the numbers of women who race at Halesowen Track League; as a club Halesowen has a long tradition of producing world class women cyclists including current GB team members Emily Kay and Emily Nelson. As it stands, there is no provision for women-only racing, meaning that senior women race with either the A or the B league men, depending on their ability, while under-16 women race with the under-16s. This does not deter women from racing and women frequently come close to winning the B category. We run one event per evening for both women and over-40 men; it is our intention to divide this into an over-40 men only event and a women-only event each evening if numbers permit. If you have any questions about women's racing at Halesowen, please contact william.fotheringham@guardian.co.uk .

“Racing up”
Second-year under-14s will be permitted to “race up” in the B league, on request. However, if they “move up” during the season, having done so they will not be permitted to revert to the Youth League, and the points they have scored in the Youth League will not be transferred to their standings in the B league. Those who make the choice to “race up” should be aware that they are not permitted to race against Elite category riders, hence if A and B events are combined - as can happen on rare occasions - their participation will be at the discretion of the individual commissaire who is officiating on that evening and they should be prepared to accept the commissaire’s ruling on this with good grace. Under-14s will not be permitted to “race up” in the A league.

Gear restrictions
• Riders must race within the British Cycling gear restrictions for their AGE, irrespective of which category they are racing in. (e.g. if you are an under 10, but racing with the under 12’s in youth 2, you must use an under 10 gear). No exceptions. Gear checks will be carried out before each night’s racing; to ensure fair competition for all riders those who are not within the gear restriction for their age will be refused entry.
The gear limits for each age group are as follows: under 10 (Youth D) 5.4m
under 12 (Youth C) 6.05m
Under 14 (Youth B) 6.45m
Under 16 (Youth A) 6.93m

ALL YOUTH/FREEWHEELER RIDERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CHECK THEIR GEAR SIZE BEFORE RACING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID STRESS ON THE NIGHT

There are no restrictions on junior riders’ gears in track events.

Accreditation
For safety reasons, youth 1 and 2 and senior A + B riders are only permitted to race Halesowen track league if they have been accredited for track riding (ie approved as competent and capable to race) by British Cycling registered coaches.

BC members whose licence carries the words “UK track accreditation” - i.e. they have been cleared to race at one of the country’s indoor velodromes - are eligible automatically, as are all those who are previous Halesowen track league participants.

Riders who do not have “UK track accreditation” on their racing licences but who have accreditation at a UK track or who have raced in other UK track leagues should advise the organiser of this via email at registration, giving as many details as possible so that background checks can be carried out where applicable.

Riders who do not meet these criteria should arrange to attend a Halesowen track accreditation session before registering for the League. Novices may need to attend more than one session.

New freewheelers will also need to be accredited - please contact Matt Harris. (email - email@michelleandmatthew.co.uk)

Riders who wish to gain track accreditation should contact Halesowen A + CC coaching coordinator Fraser Blain, who will arrange for them to attend a training session where they can be assessed.

Registration/Entry

There is no pre-entry for Halesowen track league - entries are only accepted on the night - but to be eligible for the league’s overall standings and to enable accreditation checks to be carried out if necessary, we recommend riders to register individually. For week one of the league, i.e. May 3, registration will close on April 26. This is so that riders can be entered into the transponder system. There will then be a second chance for riders to register up to June 1, after which no new registrations will be taken.

We have no issue with riders turning up to ride on the night without being registered, however, we recommend that you turn up early so that you can be entered into the transponder system.

Entry fees for 2019 will be £10 per night for registered riders in the A and B leagues, £15 for unregistered riders. For Youth 1 and 2 groups it will remain at £5, with £2.50 for freewheelers. We offer a family discount for families entering three riders or more, the youngest rider enters for free.

Individual registration will cost £25 for senior and junior riders, £5 for Youth and Freewheelers.

Entry fees will be capped at £10 for registered

Please note, riders without “UK track accreditation” on their BC licence, or who have not participated previously in Halesowen Track League, who turn up to race without pre-registering or without making their accreditation status clear, may be refused entry, on safety grounds, at the commissaire’s discretion. If they are permitted to start but the commissaire feels they do not meet the required standard, they may be asked to withdraw and their entry fee refunded.

Track League structure:

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

• In 2017, points from the best 15 of the possible 18 evenings of racing that any rider could enter counted for the overall standings. When events were affected by rain this was reduced using a proportion of 5/6 meaning that the closest figure to 5/6 of the season's events will count. The idea was that riders could go on holiday for a couple of weeks secure in the knowledge it would not affect their league standings. We have so far received only positive comments about this so plan to continue with this in 2019.

* We include a full length endurance event each night, usually 35-40 laps depending on light. Hence the earlier start time. This was for A cats and most B cat riders including youth riders, run on a handicap basis, with the "long marker group" being given 3/4 laps start.

There is an additional, shorter event, for novice B-cats and the Youth 1 group, over 12-15 laps.


* All points scored in all leagues e.g. sprinters, vets, women's, count towards each rider's overall standings in the league. In other words, a B-category vet who scores points in one evening's vet's only event will find those count towards his or her overall standings; so too a B-cat senior who scores in the senior sprinter's league.

* Where an evening’s racing is interrupted by outside events, all races completed on that evening will count towards the overall standings. Races which may be interrupted by outside events e.g. crash or weather, will not be eligible
• Freewheelers are the only category permitted to ride on bikes with freewheels and brakes; they never race with another category.
• Freewheeler races will make use of handicap starts to help to give all riders a reasonable chance of racing. Please understand that handicapping is done with the best of intention, but is not an exact science.
• Cat B and Cat A will have at least four races in their programme each evening. Three of these will be open to all riders from the relevant category. The fourth race will also count towards one of two supplementary leagues: the women and vets’ league, and the sprinters league.
• The ‘Vets league’ is open to riders from Cat B and Cat A who are over 40. Points won in these events ONLY will count towards the rider’s ‘Vets league’ total. They also count towards the rider’s general total for Cat B or Cat A. The format for these events will be predominantly endurance (scratch, points, devil, unknown distance) with some shorter sprint-type events.

•Women’s standings
In 2016 we awarded separate women's prizes for the first three women in the senior categories and Youth A and B. In 2018 it is again our intention to run one race per evening for women only, youth and senior; the women's standings will be based on this event in a similar way to the "Vets". Women and vets will be combined if numbers are too low for separate races.
• Riders in League A and B who do not qualify for the “Women and Vets League” will be invited to participate in the ‘Sprinters League’ for each category. As the name suggests, these are sprint specific events (dash, handicap, keirin); there is a separate competition for the rider who can amass the most points from the ‘sprinter’s league’ events over the course of the track league. Depending on rider numbers, time constraints and the organisers’ discretion, these events may be run either on a handicap basis or in heats or combined as a single event. Points won in these events are NOT added to a rider’s general total for Cat B or Cat A, but count only for the sprinters’ league in the relevant category. Vet and women riders will not be permitted to ride sprinters’ league events under normal circumstances. However, in exceptional circumstances - for example if they are a sprint specialist racing at national or international level - on application to the organiser or commissaire they may be permitted to ride.
• Youth 2 and Youth 1 may race separately or in a combined race. If they are racing together then the track league points are awarded to the first 5 Youth 2 riders and to the first five Youth 1 riders.
• The program of events is subject to alteration on the night based on factors such as rider numbers, delays due to unforeseen events e.g. crashes, weather conditions, etc.


FNTL Scoring.
The first 5 riders in each event will score track league points with 5 points to the winner, down to 1 point for 5th place.

Further rider information

* we have a specific track league Twitter feed: @haccfntl . This will carry racing updates and those all important weather briefings.
• Entry is on the line every night; there is no pre-entry. Race numbers should be worn as per instructions on the sign on sheet so that numbers are clearly visible to the judges - it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure this is the case.
• Each week’s race programme will be emailed to all registered riders on Thursday morning in a PDF format so that riders can print it off before racing and bring it along. There will only be a very limited number of printed race programmes available for riders on the night.
• * Riders are invited to warm-up on the track from 6.45pm to 7.0pm after which the track will be cleared for racing. For safety reasons, during warm-up fixed-wheel riders must stay on the blue line or above it; freewheelers must remain below the blue line. Given the disparity in speeds and sizes of riders on the track during warm-up, extra care should be taken when entering and leaving the track and when overtaking slower riders.
* Halesowen is an outdoor track with relatively shallow bankings, open to the weather, and riders should be aware that slightly different equipment may be needed compared to an indoor velodrome. We recommend a slightly lower gear (90 or 91.8in for seniors), spoked wheels, and standard weight tubular tyres e.g. Continental Sprinters. To ensure equality of competition, and safety during racing in windy conditions, disc wheels are not permitted.
◦ To assist with time keeping, riders should assemble for their race during the previous event when requested to do so by the announcer, and should exit the track after one warm-down lap at most. Track league has to be run to a tight schedule; unfortunately we are unable to delay races to wait for riders who are late for their event due to technical incident or poor time-keeping.
◦ Riders and their helpers should take care when crossing the track during the evening’s racing and should be prepared to obey the gate marshal for safety reasons.
* For safety reasons and to ensure smooth running of the races we will require all riders to have rollers/chairs etc in the track centre rather than in the spectator seating area.
◦ The prize presentation evening will be in the Halesowen A+CC club house at the track, date to be confirmed. All riders and their helpers are cordially invited.
• Catering is available from the TrakSnax cafe and the barbecue, plus the bar in the club house.
• As Halesowen is an outdoor track, for safety reasons racing cannot happen if there is heavy or continuous rain. To avoid inconvenience for those travelling we have an early cancellation policy on evenings when there is going to be rainfall. The call will be made around 3pm. If you are travelling from any distance, please keep an eye on the track league Twitter feed @haccfntl as this is where a cancellation notice will appear.
* If the evening’s programme of racing is partially completed and is subsequently interrupted by rain or incident, entry fees may not be refunded. If rain intervenes after riders sign-on and before racing begins, entry fees will be refunded.
* HA&CC would like to express our gratitude to all those who make track league possible: our many unpaid volunteers and officials. It would be appreciated if riders could have a thought for those who make their racing happen by behaving courteously and with consideration. In similar vein, any queries over placings or points are best made in writing to the organiser rather than to officials on the night.

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League contact: Mr William Fotheringham
Postcode: B62 8RW

    

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