March 8, 2016

Time Trial

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 2018 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.