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Verb, Noun

To record a time on a segment or route.

Example usage: I'm going to go out and try clocking a new KOM.

Most used in: Cycling communities around the world.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists who are looking to beat records.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Cadence, Pedaling, Cranking, Spinning,


What is Cycling Clocking?

Cycling clocking is the act of measuring the distance of a cyclist's route. It is a term used to describe the practice of noting down the total distance ridden during a cycling activity or race. It is also known as “Cycling Logging” or “Cycling Tracking”.

Clocking is a useful tool for cyclists to keep track of their progress and to measure their performance against past rides. It is also used to compare cycling performance with other riders and cycling clubs.

The most common way of clocking is by using a GPS-enabled device such as a smartphone or bicycle computer. This allows for accurate recording of the route’s distance, speed, and elevation gain. It is also possible to clock a route manually, using a paper map or a chart. However, this method is not as accurate as using a GPS-enabled device.

In the US, the average cyclist clocks an average of 545 miles per year, according to the National Household Travel Survey. This figure has been steadily increasing over the past few years, as more people take up cycling and use clocking to measure their performance.

Clocking is a great way for cyclists to track their performance and progress. It can be used to set goals and to measure how far they have come. It is also a great way to measure performance against other riders and cycling clubs.


Uncovering the Origin of the Term 'Clocking' in Cycling

The term 'clocking' is a well-known term in the cycling world, but where did it come from? The term was first used in the early 20th century in the United Kingdom, to describe the practice of completing a route or journey in the shortest possible time.

The first record of the term being used in this context was in a cycling magazine from 1924, which described a route from London to Brighton as a 'clocking'. This route was used for the first time by the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1878, and the term was likely adopted to describe the act of completing it as quickly as possible.

It is believed that the term originated from the mechanical clocks that were used to measure the time taken to complete the route, as they would be heard ticking in the background. This practice was also adopted by other sports, such as motor racing, where it was used to describe the practice of driving a lap of a circuit in the shortest possible time.

Today, the term 'clocking' is still widely used in cycling, and is often used to describe the practice of completing a route or journey in the quickest possible time. It has become an integral part of the sport, and an important factor in competitive cycling.

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