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Upcoming Time Trials

by | Jan 13, 2012

A time trial is a good test of a cyclist’s ability.  It is you racing the clock.  No hiding in a bunch, no sharing the work to get to the finish.  It is an honest event where very often success is measured by personal bests rather than winning events.
A 40 km time trial is a kind of gold standard for time trialists.  The distance is a genuine challenge and riding close to or under an hour is a significant achievement for most riders.
Upcoming time trials within reasonable driving distance that I am aware over the summer months are listed below.  Most of the 40km time trials are run by the Wellington Veterans Cycling Club, but I note that BikeManawatu has snuck one in as well.  The events attract a small entry fee.  Several riders from the Manawatu ride the Wellington events each season.
The time trials programmed for this year are:

Sunday 15 January 2012:    40 km TT at Kahutara School near Martinborough about 2 hours from PN.  WVCC – Guests of all ages welcome.

Sunday 5 February 2012:    40 km TT at Kahutara School.  WVCC – Guests of all ages welcome.

Saturday 11 February 2012:    40 km TT at Rongotea.  Bike Manawatu – Guests welcome.

Saturday 3 March 2012:    BikeManawatu Time Trial Champs – Guests welcome

Sunday 11 March 2012:    40 km TT at Kahutara School.  This is an open event for all masters’ riders with age group medals.  Guests welcome.

Sunday 1 April 2012:    80 km TT around Lake Wairarapa.  Reasonably flat, think of it as 2 x 40km   This event is open to all ages.

You can check out the details and enter at www.bikemanawatu.co.nz and www.wvcc.org.nz.
Barry Gilliland