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Also known as the race of truth, in a time trial there is no place to hide. It's rider versus the clock! It's just you, the bike and the thumping of your heart.
NSW CLUB TEAM TIME TRIALS
The Calga TT got cancelled in 2019 due to requirements by the police & council made it financially unviable. This has left Sydney cyclists wanting to race against the clock with few options.
The biggest event is the NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships which is held around July every year. It is a popular event within our Club and we have a big turn out. If you are interested in joining a team please email our Race Secretary. The event attracts around 500 riders making teams of four cyclists.
There's junior and elite categories as well as WMAS140+, MMAS150+ and MMAS180+ categories, where the cumulative age of the youngest 3 riders must be at least 140, 150 and 180 years!
Past events have taken place in Nowra and Singleton.
Sydney CC Elite Men Club State Team Time Trial Nowra 2016
WEST HEAD TT
The West Head time trial is a new event created following the cancellation of the Calga TT. Organised Manly Warringah CC, the course is on the famous West Head Road so has plenty of rolling undulations. You can choose between one or two laps of West Head.
Entries are via: www.buncheur.com
Cronulla Triathlon Club host a monthly time trial along Captian Cook Drive to Kurnell. See their website for more details.
PENRITH REGATTA CENTRE
Penrith Cycling Club run time trials at the Penrith Regatta Centre. The course is perfectly flat so ideal for time trials. If you're interested it's worth checking on Buncheur for upcoming events
The “Hez” (Hunter Economic Zone) ITT is run by the Hunter District Cycling Club.
It's in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley so that means it’s a two hour drive.
It's a long way so is it worth it? Well it’s run by the Brad and Paul Craft team that used to run Calga so it’s a well run event. The course is on a set of unused roads so that means no cars. The course itself is an 8km out and back so you run three laps to make a 25Km Time trial. With this format you can pace yourself on the different laps and its quite clear who is running near you so there is an extra incentive to get moving.
At each turnaround you can get a glimpse of who is closing on you plus the course is so open you can line up the rider in front and steadily reel them in. It’s a challenge in that the road has some steady inclines (its definitely not flat) and one of these is right at the start but there are no small chain ring sections here, so you’ll get to maintain a good average speed and fly around the course.
The main attraction is you’re going to be hitting high speeds quite often so you can get into that aero tuck and go for it! Exhilarating stuff.
Like Calga, there are a good mix of riders so it seems like a good place to motivate steady improvement without it being dominated by the faster riders. You can work on your time and steadily improve towards your goals.
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