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A cyclist who competes in time trials.

Example usage: 'The time trialist was the fastest rider in the race.'

Most used in: Cycling events where time is a factor.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Time trialler, TT rider, Individual Time Trialist, ITT rider,


What is a Time Trialist in Cycling?

A time trialist is a type of cyclist who specializes in time trial racing. In this type of competition, cyclists race against the clock, trying to finish the course in the fastest time possible. The time trialist will often use a special aerodynamic bike and wear aerodynamic clothing to reduce wind resistance and maximize speed.

Time trialists must possess a good level of endurance and strength, as well as the ability to pace themselves and maintain a consistent effort throughout the course. The goal is to use as little energy as possible while still achieving the fastest time, so pacing, technique, and strategy are all important.

Time trialists must also have good bike handling skills, as they are often riding on their own and must take turns and corners without any assistance. The ability to maintain a steady cadence and keep a good rhythm is essential.

Time trialists have become increasingly popular in recent years, with the discipline being included in the Olympic Games for the first time in 2016. According to the UCI World Rankings, the fastest time trialist in the world is Rohan Dennis from Australia, who holds the world record for the fastest individual time trial at the UCI World Championships.


The Origin of the Term 'Time Trialist' in Cycling

The term 'time trialist' has been used to refer to cyclists since the late 19th century. It is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom and was first used to describe cyclists who competed in time trials, which are cycling competitions where the participants ride alone against the clock. The first time trial event was held in 1878 and was organised by the Bicycle Touring Club, the predecessor of the British Cycling Federation.

Time trials were popular in the United Kingdom in the late 19th century and were the basis of some of the first road races. The term 'time trialist' was used to describe those cyclists who were particularly adept at competing in time trials and who often won the races. As the popularity of cycling grew, the term 'time trialist' was also used to refer to cyclists who specialized in competing in time trials.

Today, the term 'time trialist' is still used to refer to cyclists who specialize in competing in time trials. It is also used to describe cyclists who are particularly skilled at riding solo against the clock in other types of cycling events. The term is now used around the world to refer to these cyclists.

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