What kind of bike can I use?
You can do a time-trial on any type of road bike as long as it is road-worthy. Don't be put off if you think your bike might not be good enough, it doesn’t make any difference to any other rider what bike you ride. People regularly ride trikes and fixed wheel bikes in TTs
Do I need any other special equipment?
No, a straightforward bike is fine. In our events it is a requirement to use a rear light.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be sure you can comfortably complete the distance. Everyone has to start somewhere even National Champions. It will make no difference to any other rider how fit you are as it’s just you against the clock and most people give novices nothing but encouragement and support.
Do I need to be a member of a cycling club?
What is the entry fee?
When should I arrive at the event?
Club Events: Arrive at the signing on point with plenty of time to spare before the race. Most riders allow a minimum of 45 minutes before the event start time to sign-on, prepare their bike, themselves, pin on numbers and get warmed up without rushing.
Will there be any changing facilities?
What do I need to bring with me?
What happens at the start?
Can I leave my kit somewhere safe while I race?
Cyclists often ride out to events as a warm up. At club events one of the officials is normally willing to let riders leave a few valuables or clothes in their car during the race.
At open events you can leave kit at the HQ (take care with valuables as you would elsewhere).
Is the traffic on the roads likely to be heavy?
The safety of riders is the priority. Time trials are held when traffic counts indicate the lightest traffic. Some of our events use the A50 dual carriageway, however our Sudbury 10 course is exceptionally traffic free.
If you are particularly concerned about this, please look at the course description carefully before entering. Some other clubs local events are held on ‘lanes’ courses where the road surface can leave a lot to be desired and narrow roads plus bends require extra caution to be exercised.
What happens if the weather is bad?
The safety of riders is the priority. Events can and will be cancelled at short notice if the weather is bad. This is normally decided by the official in charge often with input from regular riders of the course. Events on dual carriageways or trunk roads maybe cancelled if the spray if judged to be too bad even after the rain has stopped beforehand. Events held on ‘lanes’ courses will require even more caution to be exercised if the weather has been wet even a few hours before the before the start
What do I wear?
The CTT has some rules about what can be worn. Basically, ordinary cycling shorts to mid-thigh, and an ordinary cycling jersey with sleeves (or any other clothing which covers the body in the same way) are acceptable. Bare-shouldered cycling attire as worn by triathletes is not allowed. Also, you should not wear clothing showing commercial sponsorship unless your club is a sponsored club.
Where can I get details of the route?
Do I have to wear a helmet?
No for adults, although you are strongly advised to do so. However, Cycling Time Trials regulations state that all juniors and youth riders (anyone under the age of 18) are required to wear a safety helmet. Wearing a hemet is faster anyway.
Do I have to be ‘held-up’ at the start?
No, you have the choice but it can be faster once mastered. If it is your first time being held just warn the official.
Will there be marshals to direct me?
In club events it is not normal to have marshals. In open events there will be marshals (and signage). Please note it is NOT the marshal’s job to stop the traffic or to tell you where to go. Researching the course before hand is a good idea.
What happens if I get a puncture during the race?
Punctures happen, usually at the most inconvenient time. You should be able to fix a puncture roadside and carry the necessary kit to do so. An alternative solution is to agree with a friend to rescue each other should the need arise. Whilst most organisers won’t leave you stranded on a remote road, don’t rely on it.
What happens if someone overtakes me?
Don’t worry about it firstly; it happens to all but the very best at some point. The overtaking rider will pull ahead of you steadily. Ensure you don’t take a ‘drafting’ advantage from them by sitting on their wheel as not only it is considered bad form you will be disqualified.
What if I come last?
Again don’t worry about it; it all depends on who else turned up on the day and many of those racing will have spent years training and probably a small fortune on go faster kit and bikes. Also you are really racing yourself against the clock… come back the next week and see if you can beat your time.
What do I do at the finish line? When you pass the timekeeper at the finish line it is traditional to shout your number in case it’s not easily visible.
Continue to ride down the road, slowing and riding easily to warm down.
Please don’t distract the timekeeper as they have an important job to do.
How will I find out my result for the race?
Will refreshments be provided at the event?