Dr Hutch: The chaos and carnage of reliability trials

It’s the “trial” bit you need to worry about, not the “reliability” bit, says Dr Hutch. But just what are they? And should you be riding one?

It is reliability trial season. If you’re unclear on what a reliability trial is, you are not alone. I’ve done at least a dozen over the years, and I’m still hazy on the matter.

I know they’re supposed to be a chance to demonstrate your reliability. There is meant to be some stuff about checkpoints and target average speeds. But most of the ones I’ve ever done were just a burn-up — an unlicensed race with no marshals, no commissaires and, practically speaking, no rules.

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