Time trialling is an ideal introduction to competitive cycling. It’s just you, your bike, and the stopwatch. It’s the branch of cycle racing in which Sir Bradley Wiggins won his gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Time trialling is the simplest of competitive formats: a race against the clock, with riders starting a minute apart. It’s known as ‘The Race of Truth’ because there’s nowhere to hide, no one to draft behind; just you and the bike and the thumping of your heart. Oh, and a clock ticking.
Most events are fixed distance, being 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles. There are also fixed time events -12 and 24 hours – with the objective being to ride the furthest you can. Courses are on public roads and are either ‘out and back’, using a roundabout to turn halfway, or circuits with consecutive left turns.
The MDCC Club and Open 10s for 2017 will be announced soon All open events should be entered 14 days in advance via the CTT website, or via post to the organiser. Club events do not need to be entered in advance.
If you are a member of an affiliated club simply turn up, pay £3 and race. If you’re not a member of an affiliated club you can still take part under the ‘Come and Try it scheme’. Helmets are mandatory. Minimum age to take part is 12. Under 18’s do need a Parental Consent form which you can download here (one form is good for the whole season). In order for all events to take place the club requires support.
For the Kingsteignton races please sign on at Abbrook Park, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3PS from 6.00pm (or 6.30pm for the later events). There is ample parking nearby.
For all Dartington races please park at Bidwell School car park, TQ9 6JU (opposite the Cider Press centre parking) and then ride from there. To get to the start from the car park head about 150 metres towards Totnes and then turn right (sign-posted Plymouth). The start is about 400 metres or so past the Shinners Bridge garage.
Alternatively there is parking available right by the finish at West Yarner On Track Education, TQ96DX. This is on the right with a prominent sign and concreted entrance a few hundred metres from Shinners Bridge garage heading towards Marley Head.
Dartington Course Description
Start on a385 Dartington in layby approximately 500m beyond Shinners Bridge garage. Proceed to Marley head roundabout (M) to cross to second roundabout(M) towards South Brent. Turn left to descend to South Brent to first Roundabout (M). Circle roundabout and retrace outward route to top of hill, turn right at first roundabout to Marley head roundabout where rejoin a385 to Dartington. Finish approx 100m beyond start point.
TT Dates 2017 can be downloaded from here