The BBAR competition is a national event aimed at finding the time-trialists who can claim to be the best over a range of distances. However, all riders who attain the appropriate standard are recognised.
The competition is split into separate classes for Men, Women, Boys and Girls. To qualify, the men must compete (and finish!) in at least one 50 mile event, one 100 mile event and one 12 hour. The events a woman must undertake are at 25, 50 and 100 miles.
The two Junior categories must complete at least two 10 mile and two 25 mile races.
The best performances at each distance is taken for the Senior events, and the best two times from each of the distances are used for the Juniors'. The average of the three or four speeds calculated from those results is the key to the competition.
Men attaining a result of not less than 22mph (approx. 35.5 km/h) from their three times receive certificates for their efforts. Women do so if their average is at least 20mph (approx. 32.25 km/h). Boys and girls can also receive certificates, their targets being 23mph and 21mph respectively. (That's around 37 and 33.9 km/h.)
The result is not a true average of a person's combined best endeavors, but is indicative of those qualities that should be aspired to by any all-rounder.
Can I take part?
If you are a member of a Cycling Time Trials or SCU (Scottish Cyclists' Union) affiliated club, and have lived in the UK continuously for two years (or have proven British nationality), then you qualify. To take part, you need to ride eligible events These are marked with a "B". (see your handbook for details)
There are other restrictions and conditions, but see the handbook for details.
I've ridden my events. What do I do with my times?
For the Senior events, nothing. All promoters of BBAR eligible events should send their result to the National Competitions Secretary within 28 days. All results later than the 28th day are chased up immediately so organisers should inform me of any delays. Event organisers please note, I have no way of knowing if results are in the post or have been forgotten about.
The Junior Competition must be claimed for. Competitors must send details of their qualifying performances to the Competitions Secretary, from whom the appropriate forms can be obtained.