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Individual Time Trial 20/30km
Tuesday 04 December 2018, 06:30pm
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To welcome in summer we are switching to a few Time Trials.  This week sees an individual TT, next week a Team time trial and a hiller one to finish the set.  These are fantastic ways to round out your riding ability and gives you a taste of a few different disciplines within out sport.

If you haven’t ridden a TT before this is a good chance to have a taste. The course is straightforward, a 10km out and back and this is NOT the world champs – come and give it a go – you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.

Taking place on our Peka Peka circuit the start (and finish) is at the south end of Rutherford Drive (you will see cars parked and the cycle club trailer on the side of the road)

There are 2 options - 2 laps for roughly 20km or 3 laps at roughly 30km.

We request as many people to pre-enter as possible to make management of the start times etc. a little easier for our organisers. Please email our Club Captain, Eddie Bright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and which event you would like to enter (20 or 30km) before Tuesday mid-day.

If for some reason you are unable to pre-register, there will be time from about 5.45 to do this at the club trailer.

Start time:  6:30  (the first rider is away at 6:30 with subsequent riders off at intervals after that)

Registration: 5:45

Click HERE for a map of the event

It's $5 for Kapiti Members and $10 for non-members.   If you don't want to carry cash with you - we are more than happy that you pay online directly into our bank account.   You can pay for as many or as little events in one hit as you want - completely up to you.  Pay into 03-0732-0020082-00 and use your name and 'Event' as a reference so we can find you easily.  You still have to register - but tell them at the trailer that you have already paid and they will record that.

If you are going to pay by cash, can you please bring the right amount with you as we cannot keep up with the demand for change from 20's and 50's dispensed by ATMs.  For this reason, we prefer that people pay directly to the bank account.

If you join the club now you get membership right through to the end of 2019

There are a couple of ways of joining.  If you just want to enter the myriad of Kapiti Club events then it is just $55 (membership goes for a calendar year).  If you want to be part of the Kapiti events PLUS race regional and national events such as the Wellington Center Champs or National Age group Champs then you will need to join the club at the lower price of $45 and also take out a Cycling NZ Licence which is generally $65 for an Adult or $45 for a Junior.  Click HERE for more details of both membership types.

 

Some tips for riding time trials:

Time trials are known as the "race of truth". There is just you, your bike, the road and the conditions – there is truly nowhere to hide. Some people find this appealing but others find it daunting.

• If possible ride the course before your event. You may find factors such as false flats, rough seal, or trees and dips in the road affecting wind strength and direction - things you may not have noticed in your car or even in a road race.

• If you have a specialised time trial bike you probably won't need to be told to do some pre-race training on it, but if you haven't and only rarely use time trial bars, do some riding with them. You need to get used to the crouched aero position and also be prepared for the different feel and loss of control (estimated at 40%) of time trial bars.

• Be well warmed up for the start. This is a little difficult with a big field but ideally you should be lightly sweating when you start.

• It has been said that the five rules of time trialling are: Don't start too hard, Don't start too hard ...and so on. So, don't start too hard! The temptation in the excitement of the standing start and the desire to get up to speed as quickly as possible is to crank it up too fast and then find within a kilometre of the start that your lungs are bursting and your legs are burning.

Start strong and get settled quickly but fight the temptation to go all out too early. Time trials are all about pacing yourself. Your need to settle into a consistent pace you are confident you can maintain. At the same time it has to be fast or you will not have chance of winning. That's a key part of the challenge of this event.

Be prepared to climb into the hurt box and stay there. Some people go a bit far in the macho stakes with statements like "I can't have been going that hard – I didn't throw up!" But a good rule of thumb is if you aren't hurting, you're not going hard enough.

Some people split the race up into quarters and progressively increase their pace while other split it in half. In most cases most riders would step it up to maximum for the final couple of kilometres.

You should have nothing left at the finish and if that's so, then you can do no more.

The Rules

Time trials are test of a rider or riders in a team against other riders to set the fastest time over a set distance. They are a test of each individual or team against the circuit and conditions on the day so especially - no drafting is allowed.

There are precise rules for time trials to ensure that riders do not gain an unfair advantage. If these rules are breached the rider/s concerned will likely receive a time penalty or be disqualified. These rules are essentially those of the world governing body for time trials.

• When a rider catches another, the rider caught may not lead the rider behind, and the rider behind must not follow directly behind in the slipstream of the rider ahead. The UCI rules say a 2m sideways gap is required but as our roads are open and can be narrow, this Is not always practical and/or safe.

• When the rider behind passes, the rider who has been caught must not follow behind in their slipstream. Within a kilometre the rider who has been caught must drop back to at least 25m behind the rider now in front.

• Riders may not help one another.

The same rules apply to team trial trials with the following additions:

• The rule about not leading or following other riders applies also to riders that drop behind. A rider who has dropped from their team may not join in with another team, or receive or provide assistance.

• Riders, even of the same team, may not push one another.

• The exchange of food, drinks, small items of equipment, wheels and bicycles and help with running repairs is permitted between riders of the same team.

• If a rider is disqualified their team shall be disqualified.

In practical terms the rules mean that if a rider is caught, as the rider behind approaches within 25m they need to ensure they are to the side and not ride directly behind. They have shown superior speed to catch the rider ahead but they now need to be sure they have the power to pass and preferably pull away from that rider before they approach any closer than 25m.

Ideally they should overtake then move away. The rider behind must now fall back so that within a kilometre they ride 25m behind the rider now in front. Even if the passing rider passes but then only travels at the same speed as the rider who has been caught, that rider must drop back and hold a position 25m behind.

Note: At 30km/hr, 25m = 3 sec; at 38kmkm/hr, 25m = 2.5 sec; at 45km/hr, 25m = 2 sec.

If the rider ahead fades and the rider behind feels they can overtake they must follow the same rules. (There is a belief that there is a rule that a passed rider may only re-pass once but have not been able to substantiate this).