Chrono

Chrono

KRON-oh

Noun, Verb

Chrono is a type of time trial race.

Example usage: I'm doing a Chrono this weekend.

Most used in: Europe, where time trial racing is popular.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists and triathletes.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Time Trial, Time-Trial, TT, Individual Time Trial, Individual TT, Race of Truth,

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What is Chrono in Cycling?

Chrono in cycling is short for time trial. It is a type of race where cyclists compete to complete the course in the fastest time. Time trials are often seen in stage races, but can also be found as a standalone event. The goal of a time trial is to test the individual cyclist's strength and endurance, rather than the tactical skills of the group.

Time trials are often performed on flat terrain or on a short course. The riders are usually sent off in intervals of one or two minutes, and the fastest rider is declared the winner. The time trial is also known as the 'race of truth' because the only thing that matters is the time it takes to complete the course.

Time trials have been a part of the cycling culture for many years, and they are still popular today. In 2019, the UCI World Championships included a time trial event where riders raced against the clock. The winner of the men's event was Filippo Ganna of Italy, with a time of 17 minutes and 26 seconds. The winner of the women's event was Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands, with a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds.

Time trials are not only a great way to test individual cyclists, but they can also be a lot of fun for spectators. Watching the riders race against the clock can be thrilling, and it can also be a great way to get into the spirit of the sport.

A Brief History of the Cycling Term 'Chrono'

The term Chrono is commonly used amongst cyclists to refer to a time trial event. The term has its origins in the French language, and has been used since the early 20th century.

The word Chrono is derived from the French word Chronomètre, which can be translated as 'time measurer' or 'timekeeper'. This term was first used in French cycling publications in the 1920s, and was first used to refer to time trial events in the 1940s.

The term Chrono has since been adopted by cyclists around the world, and is a popular term for time trial events in many different countries. As such, it is a testament to the international appeal of the sport of cycling.

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