For timetrialling it is surprisingly
simple, as long as you are a member
of a club affiliated to Cycling Time
Trails (such as Thanet Road Club)
- you are eligble to race a time trial.
Timetrials are a race between you
and the time it takes you to ride
a course. Competitors start at one
minute intervals, and each rider is
timed over the course.
The easiest events to ride are Club
time trials put on by clubs for the
benefit of their own riders, and guests. Events
cost just a few pounds to enter, and
you can enter on the line. Almost
any standard bike can be used (but
not recubrants, or anything too wacky).
Ride an event for a few weeks, and
see if you can improve your time.
the schedule of Thanet RC Time Trials
Time Trials cost £5.00 for TRC club members, £8.00 for second claim TRC members and £10.00 for non-members (or £5 if in full-time education). The cost for all Under 18's is £2.00.
The more sucessful riders will go
on ride in open events. These pull
in the best riders from the area (and
wider afield for the popular courses).
The events cost more to enter (~£8),
and there are prizes for the best
riders. Then events must be entered
in advance (about 2 weeks before the
event), on-line or by post using specific forms (avaialble
from the CTT web site). Often
in the search for greater speed, bikes
will become more specialised. Specific
time trial bikes, which allow the
rider to be in a more areodynamic
possition, are often used. A solid rear
disk wheel, and deep section front
wheel, allow still greater improvements
in aerodynamics. Tight fitting skinsuits
are also used.
See the rules here >>>