A TIME TRIAL- ‘The race of truth’
Time trialling is a good introduction to cycle racing for the beginner as it is the simplest competitive format: just you racing against the clock, with other riders starting a minute apart. It's not like a road race where you all start together, so if you fall behind the bunch your race is over. 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.
It doesn't matter what your fitness level is, whether you're 22 or 82, male or female. If you can ride 10 miles on a public road then you can ride a time trial. Although, as you get keener we can suggest a training programme to improve fitness and performance. If you join us then you’ll get our full support and 50% off a Catford CC racing jersey as well!
In your first '10' you'll automatically get your personal best time (PB). Whether it's 31:07 or 25:12, that's your target to aim at next time. It doesn't matter what time anyone else got - first and foremost in a time trial, you're racing against yourself.
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. You can take part on any roadworthy bike except a recumbent.
The Catford Cycling club organise 20 time trials
for our members during the racing season. As we are affiliated to the ruling body - Cycling Time Trials you also have a vast programme of open events in which you can ride, all over the country (A racing licence is not required).