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The aerodynamic body position used by cyclists during a time trial race.

Example usage: The cyclist adopted the cycling tt position to maximize their speed.

Most used in: Time trial races in cycling.

Most used by: Professional cyclists and amateur time trialists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Time Trial Position, Aerodynamic Position, Aero Position, Triathlon Position,


Understanding the Cycling TT Position

The cycling TT position is a specialized posture used by professional cyclists in time trials. It is designed to maximize aerodynamic efficiency, allowing the cyclist to cut through the air more easily and achieve faster speeds. This position is achieved by moving the torso and arms forward, bending the elbows and bringing the chest closer to the handlebars.

In a study conducted by the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, cyclists in the TT position improved their aerodynamic performance by 4.2% compared to those in a more traditional posture. Other studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of the TT position in improving cycling performance.

For those looking to improve their cycling performance, the TT position is an important factor to consider. It can be difficult to achieve and maintain, as it requires strong core and shoulder muscles to support the body in the forward-leaning posture. However, with practice and proper technique, the TT position can be a powerful tool for achieving faster speeds.


The Origin of the Cycling TT Position

The term 'cycling TT position' (or time-trial position) was first used in the early 1900s, although the concept of using aerodynamic body positioning on a bicycle had been around since the late 1800s. The term 'TT' was derived from 'time-trial', which is a competitive event where cyclists ride alone against the clock.

The term was first used in Britain and was popularised by the British Cycling Federation, who used it as a description for a specific cycling posture that was used to reduce air resistance and increase the cyclist's speed. This posture was adopted by many professional cyclists and became known as the 'cycling TT position'.

Since then, the term has been used to refer to the posture adopted by cyclists when they are attempting to achieve a faster speed. This involves the cyclist lowering their body and stretching out their arms and legs, to make their body as aerodynamic as possible. This posture is still used in competitive cycling events today.

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