Dr Hutch: Long time trials are more like an awkward eating competition

Long-distance time trialling offers all-over body pain and unbridled tedium. What’s not to love?

I was at the Cycling Time Trials prize dinner recently. It’s an opportunity for time triallists to have a glass of wine and discuss secret course codes, our favourite pointy hats and whether aerodynamic drag means that if you shaved only one leg you’d go round in circles.

Two of the prize winners were Michael Broadwith and Lynn Biddulph. Both outwardly normal human beings, who nonetheless were the men and women’s 24-hour time trial champions. The 24-hour time trial is exactly what it sounds like — ride for 24 hours, see how far you can go.

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