Understanding the Functional Challenges of the Time Trial Position

Riding in a time trial position increases the functional load on a rider, particularly when compared to road riding. Learn about the key components of an effective time trial position.

Colby Pearce Cycling in Alignment Time Trial Position

To perfect the time trial position for your given anatomy and physiology, it can take years of trial and error. Sometimes, becoming a contortionist is the most appropriate way to describe the skill you must master to find the fastest, most aero position.

That raises issues: Riding in such a time trial position increases the functional load when compared to road riding.

For instance, the wider the handlebars, the wider the base of support, and, conversely, the narrower the bars, the narrower the base of support. These different approaches yield different aerodynamics, but simultaneously address some of the load characteristic of such a contorted position.

In this episode, Colby discusses the key components to creating an effective time trial position based on his decades of experience, tinkering, and experimentation.


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