Are road bikes the new time trial bikes? Early-season events suggest riders are turning their backs on aero bars

A new dawn for a beleaguered corner of the sport – or too early to say?

George Fox riding in an aero position on a road bike
(Image credit: Future)

Are road bikes replacing time trial bikes? You might think so, given the huge road bike fields that have been seen at early season time trials in the UK.

The Kingston Wheelers Sporting 14 time trial, held on Sunday, 18 February, is one such example. The popular early-season time trial – one of the first open events on the calendar each year – has an entry of 71 road bikes against just 16 time trial machines. Entries are also up by around 20% overall this year, boosted to a healthy 87 riders.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.