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Time Trials(4 posts)

Time TrialsSSA
Jan 13, 2002 6:57 PM







- "What's the typical distance of an amateur time trial? I want to set up a time trial course to gauge my fitness every month or two."
Well Barney, in my area, it is 12 miles(nm)aka Cartman
Jan 13, 2002 8:41 PM
re: Time Trialsmorey
Jan 14, 2002 6:22 AM
We have regular time trials in our area that are 10 miles long.
re: Time TrialsJohn-d
Jan 14, 2002 6:52 AM
Typical time trials are

10 miles
25 miles
50 miles
100 miles
12 hr
24 hr

I suggest setting up the three shortest. The 10 mile is more of a sprint, whereas the 25 and 50 will test out your endurance.

As you get fitter the longer distance you can try. Also with these you will get bigger differences each time you ride and improvement will be more noticeable. The longer distance also exposes particular weaknesses that you can work on to improve your overall ability.

I think, if you only ride 10s for example you will have a tendency to blow up on a longer ride with the chain gang. It's a bit like rechareable batteries, keep using them for short duration and they get set and will not last.

I suggest you do not do this all the year round. Give yourself a non time trialling season of say 4 months in the winter, you will stay healthier.

Good riding

John-d