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What Is A Time Trial?

An individual time trial (ITT) is a road bicycle race in which cyclists race alone against the clock on flat or rolling terrain, or up a mountain road such as Alpe d'Huez (in French: contre la montre – literally "against the watch", in Italian: tappa a cronometro "stopwatch stage"). There are also track-based time trials where riders compete in velodromes, and team time trials (TTT). ITTs are also referred to as "the race of truth", as winning depends only on each rider's strength and endurance, and not on help provided by team-mates and others riding ahead and creating a slipstream. The opening stage of stage race will often be a short individual time trial called a prologue.

Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart. The starting sequence is usually based on the finishing times in preceding races (or preceding stages in the case of a multi-stage race) with the highest ranked cyclist starting last. Starting later gives the racer the advantage of knowing what time they need to beat (and also makes the event more interesting to spectators). Competitors are not permitted to draft (ride in the slipstream) behind each other. Any help between riders is forbidden. The rider with the fastest time is declared the winner.

Beginners are often criticized for putting in a J profile effort, meaning that they often go out too hard in the beginning, compensate by reducing their efforts in the middle, and then realize towards the end that they have not put out enough effort during the race. As a result, the time trial is often considered the most difficult part of any major competition for young cyclists.

Time Trial Schedule

Performance & Tactics

To do well in an ITT, cyclists must:
  • Maintain a steady power output for long periods.
  • Maintain a controlled heart rate for long periods.
  • Have a smooth, regular pedaling technique.
  • Position themselves to be extremely aerodynamic.
  • Discipline themselves to operate just below the anaerobic threshold until near the end of the course

Know Your Course

Course Elevation

Like A Pro

There’s one big tactic in a time trial – spread your effort out along the course. Even in a short time trial, you don’t blast from the start every time. You use the route.

- Fabian Cancellara 4x UCI TT WORLD CHAMPION

Course Records

  • 40km male/female
    0:52:59 / 1:06:05

    M. Curtis Deardon: 0:52:59

    W. Janna Gillick: 1:06:05

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore:1:24:38

    0:53:15 / 1:06:27

    M. Curtis Deardon: 0:53:15

    W. Janna Gillick: 1:06:27

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore:1:45:32

    0:56:12 / 1:06:49

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:56:12

    W. Hayley Warkentin: 1:06:49

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore:1:47:00

  • 20km male/female
    0:26:47 / 0:32:00

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:26:47

    W. Janna Gillick: 0:32:00

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore: 0:40:20

    Y.F. Meghan Gilmore: 0:39:22

    0:27:47 / 0:33:41

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:27:47

    W. Janna Gillick: 0:33:41

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore: 0:42:30

    Y.F. Abigail Hare: 0:40:17

    0:27:47 / 0:34:08

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:27:47

    W. Lorrie Baildham: 0:34:08

    Y.M. Tayden DePol: 0:43:12

    Y.F. Abigail Hare: 0:42:17

  • 15km male/female
    0:19:22 / 0:22:33

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:19:22

    W. Janna Gillick: 0:22:33

    Y.M. Brodie Hay: 0:29:34

    Y.F. Mykelti Berg: 0:29:21

    0:20:32 / 0:24:03

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:20:32

    W. Janna Gillick: 0:24:03

    Y.M. Ian Gilmore: 0:32:17

    Y.F. Mykelti Berg: 0:29:27

    0:20:33 / 0:24:31

    M. Don Gilmore: 0:20:33

    W. Carey Mark: 0:24:31

    Y.M. Aiden Hare: 0:33:08

    Y.F. Meghan Gilmore: 0:30:05

Click on the medals above to see the fastest course times.

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