1. What is a time trial?: A time trial is often called “the race of truth” as it is simply you and your bike against the clock. You start by yourself and race against your own body and mind. It’s an exhilarating experience you’ll want to repeat.

2. What equipment do I need?: One of the great things about the Beat-the-Clock (BTC) time trial series is that you can race it on your existing road bike (usually called “Merckx Style”) OR you can go full aerodynamic on a custom prepared time trial bike. To be more specific, the Merckx category is for standard road bike setups with open-section wheels (no aero bars or disc wheels). For the “normal” ITT category, you may use any bike, including a full aero TT setup. Bikes need not be UCI-compliant for this event. Either way you merely need register online (see #7 below), show up on site, and be on the start line ready to ride a few minutes ahead of your start. You WILL need a helmet as well of course!

3. Is this a race?: Technically it’s a training series, but when people show up to go fast it always ends up a race! But while each participant/team’s time is recorded, there are no placings or prizes. The beauty of the series is you can come back and try to beat your own time the next go round.

4. What category should I ride?: We offer basically three categories to choose from: Men, Women, and teams. Teams can be organized into whatever size you prefer. Some do a 2-person time trial, others choose a 4-person or 6-person. We have both mens/womens and mixed categories so you can build a team with your friends/teammates. You can race more than once – simply register for a second category when you sign up (see #7 below). You can race on a time trial bike with aero position, disc wheels, and all the other “go fast” add-ons or “Merckx Style” with no additional aerodynamics, just you and your bike.

5. What course do we ride?: Beat-the-Clock (BTC) uses a long standing out-and-back course located on Canada Road. The start is just a few hundred yards North of the stop sign at Canada and Jefferson. You head north on Canada for approximately 5 miles to the turn around just before the lights at Highway 92. The course has 414 feet of climbing, with 312 of that on the return (southbound) leg. Here is a Strava link to the course:
Northbound: https://www.strava.com/segments/663291
Southbound: https://www.strava.com/segments/663292

6. How do I pace a 10-mile time trial? This is the magic question! Don’t start too hard, or all out! It’s a bit different for every course. For this course, the northbound leg starts downhill and is very fast so it’s easy to push too hard, but you still have to get back, which means climbing what you descended! Pace so that you feel like you are in control of your effort, but just barely. The great thing about the BTC series is you can come and do it again aiming to go faster!

7. How do I register?: Registration is as easy as following these links:
May 18: https://www.bikereg.com/beat-the-clock-tt-series-2024-may18
June 22: https://www.bikereg.com/beat-the-clock-tt-series-june-22

August 24: https://www.bikereg.com/beat-the-clock-tt-series-aug-24-2024