The benefits of Time Trialling
It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is, whether you’re 22 or 82, male or female. If you can ride 10 miles on a public road then you can ride a time trial. It’s not like a road race, where if you get dropped from the bunch your race is over. Since the slower riders set off first, finish times cluster together. So what does it feel like riding a time trial?
For the next half an hour your lungs will work like bellows. Your legs will strain on the pedals. Your nose will run. You’ll be effortlessly overtaken by a skin-suited cycling machine who set off four minutes back, his disc wheel roaring like a Star Wars TIE fighter.
At the finish you’ll suck in ragged gasps of air, feeling so shattered you want to be sick. So you’d be forgiven for asking: Why do it?
Great sense of achievement
Well, it’s nice when you stop! But there is more to it than that. Once you’ve got your breath back, your body is swimming with endorphins. It feels good and at some primal, work-ethic level, it’s satisfying to have ridden at 100 per cent capacity, to have learned where your limits are. There’s a sense that you’ve used the time productively, having seized the day rather than let it drift by.
You’ll automatically get your personal best time (PB) in your first time trial. Whether it’s 31:07 or 25:12, that’s your target to aim at next time. It doesn’t matter what time anyone else got – first and foremost in a time trial, you’re racing against yourself.