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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Shamrocks Racing
Contact:  Rob Danneker
Website:  shamrocksracing.com
 
Behind-Bars/LGR
Contact:  Ryan Marsel
Website:  Little Guy Racing
 
Sweet 'n Salty Cycling
Contact:  Terra James
Website:  Coming Soon
 

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Time Trials

Time Trials are races against the clock, involving one rider or one team alone.  These are great races for beginners not yet ready for racing closely next to others.

Individual Time Trials

An individual time trial (ITT) is a road bicycle race in which cyclists race alone against the clock.  ITT's are also referred to as "the race of truth", as winning depends only on each rider's strength, endurance and determination against the clock.

Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart. The starting sequence is usually based on the finishing times in preceding races (or preceding stages in the case of a multi-stage race) with the highest ranked cyclist starting last. Starting later gives the racer the advantage of knowing what time they need to beat (and also makes the event more interesting to spectators). Competitors are not permitted to draft (ride in the slipstream) behind each other. Any help between riders is forbidden. The rider with the fastest time is declared the winner.

Team Time Trial

A team time trial (TTT) is a road-based bicycle race in which teams of cyclists race against the clock.

Teams start at equal intervals, usually two, three or four minutes apart. Starting sequences will usually be based on individuals' times in previous events, but in TTTs conducted as part of a multi-stage road race (such as theTour de France) the highest ranked teams will normally start later. Later starters have the advantage of knowing what times they need to beat (and this also makes the event more interesting to spectators).

Unlike individual time trials where competitors are not permitted to 'draft' (ride in the slipstream) behind each other, in team time trials, riders in each team employ this as their main tactic, each member taking a turn at the front while team-mates 'sit in' behind. After their turn, the lead rider will swing over, allowing the next rider to take the lead, while the leader goes to the back of the team.

However, should one team overtake another, the overtaken team would be expected to drop back.

The main principle behind a TTT is that a few riders can ride at the front of the formation slightly above their aerobic threshold while others draft behind these riders. The riders then rotate, allowing some riders to recover while drafting behind fresher teammates. A rider who is riding at the front is said to be taking a pull.

The recorded finishing time in a team time trial is often based on the N-th rider of that team. For example, in stage races such as the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia the finishing time is based on the 5th rider of the team, out of a total of 9 riders per team. Therefore a team may choose to have a few of its riders take a 'death pull towards the end of the TTT event,' in which the riders take as hard a pull at the front to lift the pace at the cost of exhausting themselves with no hope of being able to latch onto the back of the formation for drafting.



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