"Founded in 1888 to verify and certify the genuineness of claims to best performances on record by cyclists on the road"
You can find information about the Association by clicking the links on the left of the page.
The first 100 years of the RRA's history is recorded in Roy Green's book "100 years of Cycling Road Records". The book is in hardback, and has 110 pages with many illustrations.
Copies of this or the Handbook, are available from the General Secretary:
Brian Edrupt, 136 Beaconsfield Road, Enfield, EN3 6AY
Prices (free P+P): History £7.00 Handbook £10.00
What is the RRA about ?
The Association currently accepts claims to best performance for 20 records. It accepts claims for four categories of machine, Bicycle, Tricycle, Tandem Bicycle and Tandem Tricycle. For each record and type of machine there is a record for male and female riders and for Tandem Bicycles and Tandem Tricycles, mixed gender crews also.
Please note: Record claims on other routes or in other categories are not considered by the Association, and there are no separate categories for junior, veteran or disabled riders etc.
Please also be aware that many of the Records listed are performances by experienced cyclists, some of them professional. Please consider carefully your ability to undertake an attempt before submitting your schedule and fee. Where possible, aspirants are recommended to have ridden similar distances or durations previously. It is usually also of value to have ridden or possibly driven over the selected route beforehand.
All attempts have to be carried out on the roads of Great Britain, but riders have a free choice of route. RRA rules set out clearly the prior notice needed for an attempt which must include precise details of the route. The Records Secretary can advise routes which have been used in the past.
In the case of distance records (25, 50, 100 and 1000 miles) some verified routes are known. For 12 or 24 hour records, the distance will be checked by a course measurer after the attempt has been made.
One-way place-to-place records can take place in either direction, but there is just the one record (eg rides from Birmingham to London and from London to Birmingham are both attacking the same record).
Two-way place-to-place rides can start at any point, with the rider visiting both terminal points, and returning to the start point.
Records are open to any rider. Any rider from any country can attempt a record and no club membership or affiliation is required.
The Association ratifies claims to record but does not itself organise record attempts. Many members of the Association have experience of organising attempts and are willing to advise. If you are interested, the General Secretary, or Records Secretary are your best points of contact.
Record Attempts are now permitted under restricted conditions.
Please see below.
10th July 2020
To all RRA Timekeepers, Observers, Checkers and Riders.
The Committee of the Road Records Association is pleased to announce that Record Attempts will shortly be allowed to take place.
From 11th July the Records Secretary will accept Notices and Schedules for record attempts in England only, subject to the normal notice periods. Record attempts using roads in Wales & Scotland will be allowed once travel restrictions are relaxed sufficiently from the current position.
While Social Distancing rules are still in place, they must be respected. Thus, for each car associated with an attempt, any officials and helpers in that car must be from the same household or support bubble. If, as is normal, the aspirant is to be followed by a car with an observer in it, the driver of that car will therefore need to be from the observer’s household or support bubble.
To help attempts to take place in this environment, the Committee has agreed to temporarily relax certain aspects of the rules relating to Following and Passing during record attempts. We can also issue a reminder that the same person can act as both Timekeeper and Observer for an attempt.
If an Official Observer is in a vehicle following an aspirant and is keeping an account of proceedings, the following practices will be allowed:
1. Other vehicles associated with the attempt need not have an Official Observer in them, but those vehicles must remain behind the Official Observer unless authorised to pass.
2. With agreement of the Official Observer following the aspirant, a vehicle not containing an Official Observer may overtake the aspirant in order to provide assistance as described in Rule 10.05.
The committee realises that some RRA Officials may be unable or unwilling to officiate on this basis. If this applies to you, please simply advise any aspirants or organisers that you are unavailable.
Please also remember that you should not travel at all if you:
are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
are clinically extremely vulnerable and cannot shield during your journey
have been advised by the NHS test and trace service that you should self-isolate