Time trialling appeals to cyclists
because there are so many different aspects of competition. Apart
from racing for the overall win, riders are at the same time racing
to improve their personal best time at that race distance and their
best time on that particular course.
Often there's a time-handicap
competition within the race too, in which riders are given a time
allowance against the fastest rider. A further dimension for riders
aged 40 and over is the “veteran's standard” competition, where
riders are given a time allowance related to their age. This enables
time triallists to remain competitive into their seventies and
This branch of the sport is governed by
Cycling Time Trials, and dozens of events are held throughout the
country under its rules. Race entry is cheap, and you don't need a
licence in order to compete. Apart from “open events”, usually
held at the weekend, which are entered in advance using standard CTT
entry forms, there are many local mid-week “club events” which
for which no pre-entry is required.
The standard time trial distances, on
“out-and home” measured courses are:-
Plus there are 12 hour and 24 hour
events in which the object is of course to cover as much distance as
possible. There also events for tandems and tricycles.
In the last few years the sport has
moved towards non-standard distance events held on circuits. This is
more in line with the traditional European style of time trialling.
Specialist time trial bikes are very
aerodynamic, with disc wheels, aerofoil-section components, and “aero
bars” which allow the rider to adopt a very aerodynamic riding
position. You don't need this kind of bike though – people usually
start out on a standard bike and gradually upgrade as they become
more involved in the sport.
It's very easy to get started in time
trialling and the club has lots of time triallists, so just get in touch if you'd like to find out more.