A Cycling Time Trial is simply a test of yourself over a set distance against the stopwatch, and is often called 'the race of truth'. Riders set off on their own, usually at minute intervals, counted down by a timekeeper.
Your aim is to ride the set course in the fastest time you can, trying to pace your efforts over the distance. You may find yourself overtaken, similarly you may overtake others. You mustn't shelter in a competitor's slipstream & risk disqualification.
Time trials are a great way to measure fitness improvement, as you do more and more and see your times come down. Anyone can participate in time trials, young/ old, fast/ slow, experienced or new to the sport. Any roadworthy bike is suitable, road bikes are common. You do not need a specific Time Trial bike to participate, but being aerodynamic is part of it. The only specific requirement for your bike is that it has a rear light fitted and is switched on
First and foremost, you're racing against yourself so it doesn't matter what time anyone else got. But as you all ride the same course, the slowest and the fastest riders all face the same challenges, so can all relate to one another in the post race chatter. As the season progresses you can see your Personal Best start to come down an your technique, course knowledge and fitness improves.
Club Time Trial (TT) events are run on Tuesday evenings from April until end of August each year, on courses located between Leamington Spa and Rugby. RLSCC share the running of the Time Trial season with neighbouring club, Rugby Velo.
The routes are generally 10 miles long but we do include a few 25 mile courses throughout the year. There are three championship honours to compete for each year – Senior Men, Senior Women and Veterans (40+).
Senior championships are a riders best ten results through the season.
Veterans are run on the VTTA handicap system, and are the best four 10s and best 25.
Points are also awarded if you timekeep to ensure riders are not penalised for helping out.
On the night
Course and sign on location is detailed in the event Facebook post. Sign on time is 30 minutes before 1st rider is set off. Please bear in mind sign on will close 5 minutes before the start to allow timekeepers to get into position.
Once signed on you have time to warm up and get ready.
Please be at the start line 3 minutes before your start time.
Then ride your socks off!
Please do not disturb the time keepers at the end as they are recording other riders who want an accurate finish time recorded.
Results are posted on Facebook on the evening of the event and championship results likewise later in the week.
There are occasions when events get cancelled or the course changed. This can be due to bad weather or roadworks on the course. Bad weather is typically high winds, heavy rain or standing water. Details will be posted as soon as is practicable on the clubs Facebook page.
All RLSCC (& RV) members can ride for £3 per event however with non-members riding for £5 however please do note: RLSCC and Rugby Velo have joint priority sign on.
You can now pre-register for a TT here: https://sites.google.com/site/rugbyvelott/home
Open Time Trials
Throughout the country there are open TTs , usually run on a Saturday or Sunday where, as the name suggests, the entry is open to members of any club or none. The follow the same basic format as a club TT although sign on is usually in a village hall or similar. It gives you the opportunity to measure yourself against riders from the wider Time Trialling community.
The next stage up is National TTs and we have had both women and men from the club competing on the national stage.