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Information for New Time Trialists

A time trial is a race in which individual riders (or sometimes small teams of riders) set off at intervals to try and complete a set course in the shortest possible time. Time trials usually take place on open public roads, which are sometimes quite busy.

Almost all time trialling in the UK is organised under the rules of Cycling Time Trials (CTT). CTT rules recognise two basic types of time trial: club time trials and open time trials.

A club time trial is only for members and guests of the organising club. It is usually a fairly low-key affair, which you can enter 'on the line' for a small fee (currently 3). There are not normally any marshals or direction signs, or any facilities at the start or finish.

By contrast, an open time trial is much more formal. With a few provisos, anyone who belongs to a CTT-affiliated club can ride. You have to enter in advance using a special form, the entry fee is typically 6 or more, there are marshals and signs to guide you round, and you can expect changing facilities and catering at the event HQ. Beacon promotes two open time trials details of which are provided in our Open Races section.



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