Welcome to VC Baracchi
Velo Club Baracchi welcomes new members, whether they wish to compete in events of any kind or not! There is no pressure to race.
Velo Club Baracchi was founded as a racing club in 1978 and is based in Lowestoft in North Suffolk. Members compete across the Eastern Region and beyond in Time Trials and we promote open time trials of our own (though not presently club events). Club members may ride in the club events organised by other clubs, as well as in open events if they enter for those in advance. See the CTT website for details of the procedure.
A road racing team has been re-created, members are racing successfully and it is hoped that this will grow. Our club has re-entered this area of the sport again in keeping with previous strong traditions of road racing. Read our News and you will see these developments.
Velo Club Baracchi has rejoined the Eastern Road Racing League in 2016 and our own Regional B road race was run successfully in July 2016 on a new course from Ringsfield Village Hall. Our upgraded road race for cats 2/3/4 on July 16, 2017 will be on the same course. Membership of the ERRL gives our riders priority with other ERRL clubs over non-member applicants for places in road races in the region.
VCB is also affiliated to British Cycling (the governing body for all disciplines of the sport in Great Britain except most English time trials), Cycling Time Trials (who oversee time trialling in England) and Cycling UK (the leading campaign group for the cyclists’ rights in the UK) . You can find out much more about each of these organisations by visiting their respective websites, links for which can be found on this site.
Members regularly take part in club runs on Sundays (8.30am from Cotmer Road roundabout, other events and weather permitting).
At present cyclo-cross and MTB racing is supported only now and again by a few but there is potential to develop in these areas. One of our members organises Audax events. Members take part in these and in sportives.
Velo Club Baracchi took its name from the Trofeo Baracchi, which was a major Italian cycling race that ran for 50 years. It was created by Mino Baracchi in memory of his father Angelo who was a great cycle racing fan. Originally (from 1941) an amateur individual time trial, from 1944 it was open to professionals and became a major event on the European calendar. Initially it took place every two years but from 1949 it became an annual event and adopted the two person (i.e. two-up team) time trial format. It continued with this formula until 1990. The last running of the event in 1991 reverted to a solo time trial, also held as the Grand Prix des Nations.
Velo Club Baracchi continues these traditions by staging every year a two-up time trial for the club’s own Baracchi Trophy awarded to members only, though others can ride, or by designating a time trial staged by another club as the trophy event.