The race of truth
The time trial is probably the purest test of a rider’s cycling prowess. Nothing but you, your bike, and a course stretching in front of you. Little surprise it’s referred to by commentators as the ‘race of truth’.
It sounds scary, but it shouldn’t be. You will learn more, and progress faster as a cyclist by becoming a regular TT participant. TTs teach you how to measure your reserves, how to control the initial energy in your legs, how to time things so you cross the line knowing you have given your best. All are critical cycling skills that will make you better every time you throw a leg over a bike.
So for 2017 we have a brand new format for the TTs we run. We want to encourage as many as possible to participate and raise their game through friendly, stress free competition.
We all feel a little stressed at revealing our level of attainment in front of others, but we encourage you to think of it as finding out more of the journey to better cycling.
The 2017 GS Henley TT League comprises one Sunday morning time trial each month from April through to September.
Each event will include:
- On the day brief intro for those who haven’t done it before.
- A class for road bikes– no need for fancy equipment.
- All run on our local 10 mile course so it won’t kill you and you will be able to measure your progress throughout the year.
- Prizesin each class at the end of the year.
- Free for 2017 to club members.
The League will run over the 6 events – participation is required in only 3 to qualify.
Points will be awarded as follows:
1st Place 30 points
2nd place 28 points
and so on until the points run out.
Best 3 results to count. In the event of a tie, the fourth best result is taken.
Every TT will start at 9 am, following a group ride out to the start from Starbucks.
Sunday 9th April
Sunday 7th May
Sunday 11 th June
Sunday 2 th July
Sunday 6th August
Sunday 3rd September
The start is on Westacott Way, which is the road from the A4 (near Maidenhead Thicket) leading to the Maidenhead Business Park. The course is H10/2 which can be viewed at http://www.lwdc.co.uk/courses/3
No need to sign up in advance, just turn up on the day. It’s best to arrive around 8:15 so that you have time to warm up.
Anybody over the age of 12 can participate, with a declaration from a parent if you are under 18.
Find out more here:
There is a useful video on YouTube: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7y6Akv7MIw
The CTT (Cycling Time Trials) website has information as well, try this to start: