Time trialling proving popular at Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 14:45 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 04 September 2018

George Hazell.

George Hazell.


Clevedon and District Road Club has held popular time trialling sessions throughout the season, with many riders from the district taking part.

Time trialling is one of those uniquely British pastimes that is ingrained in cycling culture.

In the 1880’s mass-start racing was under attack from the police after complaints from the few, wealthy, motorists. The ruling class took umbrage at the working class and their new found freedom gained from riding bikes.

Out of this hostility UK time trialling flourished. Instead of mass-start racing, riders set off at one minute intervals at undercover, early morning events.

Dressed in black and without race numbers, if the police turned up they claimed there was just a lot of people out riding bikes. Time trialling was born and some of the traditions from the early days still apply today.

For most British cyclists a ‘club 10’ is their first introduction into racing. The standard racing distances are 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles. There are also 12 and 24-hour races for those who want an extra dose of suffering.

Top professionals will often turn up to their local event. Marcin Bialoblocki, the UK record holder for 10, 25 and 50 miles, has been known to turn up at the Clevedon 10. For reference, Marcin’s UK record for 10 miles is a frankly ridiculous 16 minutes 35 seconds for an average speed of over 36mph.

One of the great things about time trialling is that it is completely inclusive. All ages and abilities can compete as was shown when Clevedon and District Road Club and PAC Tri joined forces to hold their club championships. Riders from 12 to 70 took to the start line on a warm and still evening that was perfect for time trialling.

Competing in a race for the first time was 12-year-old George Hazell who put in a great performance, setting a benchmark for him to chase in future events. At the other end of the age scale was PAC Tri regular Kev Daniels, still competing at 70.

Quickest time overall on the night was George Jones now riding for the 73degrees team with a time of 22.55. Tommy Barlow was first from CDRC with 23.07 with Sarah James the quickest lady posting a PB of 27.32.

From PAC Tri, Chris Vaissiere took top honours with 23.38 with quickest PAC Tri lady Sam Savage in 32.05.

Tuesday time trials have now finished for the year and so a huge thank you to Dave and Amira Sleigh for organising and timing the series. These events would not happen without their selfless support.

It may be the end of the time trial season but CDRC and PAC Tri run organised rides throughout the year. Sarah James is keen to hear from ladies who would be interested in joining Sunday ladies-only rides of around 40 miles.

Contact Sarah through the CDRC Facebook page or through the CDRC website www.cdrc.cc

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