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Time Trail Racinglexington476
Mar 12, 2003 4:42 PM
I have heard that racing in a time trial is better when first getting into racing. True? There is a time trail in a few weeks that I am thinking about going to. What should I expect??? I have yet to do a road race (only MTB).
not a bad way to startDougSloan
Mar 12, 2003 8:35 PM
You don't have to worry about strategy, handling skills (much), sprinting, rules, etc. All you do is ride the distance as fast as you can (not drafting). It still takes enormous fitness and discipline to do well in a time trial, but it's a lot easier to get started.

Plus, you get to measure up your fitness against the other racers in a more objective way. The biggest difference between time trialing and road racing is average power vs. peak power. Average power wins in TTs, peak power (and brains) usually wins in road races.

Doug
agree with dougyeah right
Mar 12, 2003 8:49 PM
especially with your mountain bike background, you'll be in good shape. only thing to think about is how to handle a possible turn around in the course, how to not freak when you get passed or see someone infront of you, and how to not blow up at any point, but leave it all on the course.

i'm useless in roadraces but i've pulled out a top-10 in a tt before, so you never know what your best events will be until you try them