Time trials are the purest form of
bike races – usually individual riders against the clock over a set
distance. Riders usually start at one minute intervals and most races
are on flat courses over standard distances of 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles.
But there are also hilly time trials, circuit time trials, non-standard
distances and team time trials. Some riders use specialist ‘low-profile’
bikes with disc rear wheels and ‘tri-bars’ to make themselves as
aerodynamic as possible. Pacing and concentration are critical in this
‘race of truth’.