Some people call it the race of truth; time trials are about getting from start to finish as quickly as possible.
They are one of the best entries into cycle racing. You needn’t fear being left behind and the only time you really need to beat is that of your last attempt. All you need is a road bike and an enthusiasm for pain.
From small beginnings in 2013 the AlbaRosa TT group has slowly expanded and we are now represented in most TT events in the region with some members travelling all over the UK in search for elusive PBs.
We welcome anyone from first timers including youth riders (over 12) wanting to see what it is all about to seasoned professionals wanting to push themselves against our current record holders.
Do I need a race licence to take part in TTs?
No. TTs are not governed by BC but by the Cycling Time Trials (CTT) Association. You do not need a race licence but you must be a member of a club that is CTT affiliated (which ARCC is).
Do I need a TT bike?
No. A standard road bike is fine and if you want to you can use clip on TT bars to help you get a more aero position.
Are there categories (Cat 1, Cat 2, etc. for TTs)?
No. All abilities ride together. Open TTs (those found on the CTT website) attract a wide range of riders, from some of the fastest riders in the country to new club riders who have never done a TT before. Everyone is welcome. Sometimes an event will be oversubscribed and the organiser will look to prioritise the fastest riders and local riders.
Is it not just depressing to be roundly beaten by the super fast riders?
Not really. If you do a few you start to recognise names and you’ll see people who just beat you by a few seconds and you will try to beat them the next time. Also, one of the positive things about TTs is that you get an almost objective result. So if you’ve put the work in on your training you should see that reflected in your times coming down over the season and between seasons.
Are all TTs on dual carriageways and busy A roads?
No. There is a wide variety of TT courses, from rolling sporting courses (that means hilly) on generally quiet country roads, to generally faster ones on dual carriageways and A roads.
Can I wear whatever I like, or is their special kit or special restrictions?
ARCC kit is registered so you can wear that. The reason it needed to be registered is because it contains sponsors and the CTT prohibits the display of sponsor logos unless they have been registered. It is ok to wear kit that contains manufacturers’ logos, so you could wear for example Assos or Castelli speedsuits (if you’re lucky enough to own one) but you couldn’t wear a Team Sky skinsuit.
Does it matter if I’m not as fast as others in the club, i.e. should I not enter so that faster club riders can enter?
This is almost never an issue. It only becomes an issue if we have more than 10 people wanting to enter the same TT and we have agreed a selection policy for such cases. It is unlikely that we will need to use this policy more than 2 or 3 times in the whole season.
I’ve done a few TTs and I think I’d like to take it more seriously, what should I do?
The most important thing is to train. Get used to riding TT distances similar to those you are likely to compete in and at the level of effort you will compete at. If you can get a heart rate monitor or power meter (big bucks!) then it will make it possible for you to train much more productively. You can identify when you’re slacking off, or when you need to take a break. There is no end to the kit you can by: bikes, wheels, skinsuits, helmets, overshoes, power meters, etc. but the biggest improvements will come from you getting a good position and getting fitter and stronger. It is nice to buy things though and the general view is that the order of improvement is: Fitness, Position (TT bars or TT bike), Skinsuit, Wheels, Helmet, Bike, Overshoes.
How does ARCC benefit from its riders competing in TTs?
There are a number of leagues and points series (winter hill climbs series, Cyclesense Tadcaster evening League, Yorkshire Cycling Federation (YCF) Points Series, Sporting Courses (SpoCo) series and Veterans Time Trial Association (VTTA) competitions. Getting good results will see ARCC being represented at the top end of these leaderboards and help us to establish ourselves as a member of the Yorkshire TT community.