The discipline of Time Trialling is simple; a race to complete a course of a set distance in the quickest time possible. The winner is the person who completes the course in the shortest time possible.
Time Trials - often referred to as the race of truth - provide an accurate gauge of a rider’s calibre, with all competitors riding the same course during the same conditions. They usually take place on open roads without the influence of traffic lights or serious road obstacles and vary in distance and terrain. Typically, the more popular races comprise of 10, 25 and 50-mile distances with some even extending to 100 mile and 24 hour races.
The racing is intense and requires a solid pacing strategy and an aerodynamic position in order to achieve a quick time. The races are open to all abilities and ages and you may compete on whatever bike you wish. The local club of Thanet RC run club time trials throughout the year with an increasing volume in the summer months. At £5 the racing won’t break the bank and offers and opportunity for competitive racing with 30-60 riders with a quick record of your result. Improvements can therefore be assessed week on week.
Time Trial Bikes are very expensive so most people who get into the discipline start off with using Time Trial bars. You will be able to loan these from the club here.
To find out about all TT events, visit www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk ; The University of Kent is an affiliated club so you will be allowed compete for the club in these events.
If you want to find out more speak to the clubs TT specialist James Mapley. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org