Tobias Foss' 68t chainring is big - but it's not a big deal

Just Google "gear ratios", says Ineos' Performance Engineer Dan Bigham

Tobias foss on time trial bike
(Image credit: Getty Images)

'Dinner plate' is a phrase that has been associated with time trialling for many years now. Of course, we are not talking about rider's pre-race meals, but instead the huge chainrings fitted to pro's bikes when they race against the clock.

Ten years ago, you'd be shocked to find a 58t chainring on the cranks of a WorldTour TT bike, but now, a 62t setup is commonplace. That said, when Tobias Foss rolled off of the start ramp at stage 2 of the UAE Tour, cycling fans collectively raised eyebrows at his mammoth 68t gear.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.