Thinking of Riding the GURU Southeastern Time Trial
at Lowe's Motor Speedway?
Come on give it a try. Regardless of a cyclist's race ability, you can participate in the Time Trials at Lowe's Motor Speedway. A Time Trial is known as "The Race of Truth" because it's all about one rider and the clock. Time Trialing is not like a group race because the rider is unable to hide in the pack, sit off the back of the group or allow others to set the pace. In a Time Trial race, each rider is on their own and is not permitted to draft behind other riders. Basically, it's you against the clock with the shortest time winning.
The Time Trial race at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be enjoyed by men or women and riders with all levels of riding capability. You don't need to be fast. You just need a desire to push yourself and compete for your best time. Unlike Criteriums and Road Races, you don't need to worry about high speed turns, riding closely with other racers or having the pack drop you. While on the track, you don't need to be concerned with auto traffic, cross roads, stop lights or even potholes. Regardless of your ability, Lowe's Motor Speedway makes for the best venue for the Time Trial Series.
The increasing popularity of Time Trial racing lies in the fact that every racer can ride the same course with the same conditions as everyone else. You can compete with friends and neighbors as well as local, State, National and International champions. Although you may finish many minutes behind the event or category winner, the real race is against yourself. Yes, you will be racing others in your category, but the biggest satisfaction comes when you ride hard and record a personal best time. Then, each race thereafter you can try to beat your best time.
The Time Trial at Lowe's Motor Speedway is ten (10) miles long, consisting of 7 laps of the track. Riders are set off at 30 second intervals and timed to see how long it takes them to complete the ten mile course. It doesn't matter who crosses the finish line first. The winner in each category is the rider who records the shortest time. Please refer to the Event and Time Trial Rules for specific instruction for riding a Time Trial.
Time Trialing is probably the easiest bicycling race you can enter. To start, all you need is a safe, race- worthy bike, an approved cycling helmet and the desire to race. We suggest you secure loose clothes so they won't get caught in the chain or other parts of the bike. This will also cut down on the wind resistance. As you get better and want to see your race time drop, you many want to look at specialized equipment made specifically for Time Trialing. Your local bike shop can help you with these items.
All riders must sign up at the registration desk, read and agree with the Event & Time Trial Rules. If you're under 18, your parents will need to have signed a consent form, allowing you to compete. Riders don't have to be a member of a cycling club to race the series but we encourage you to join one of the bike clubs that are associated with the Carolina Cycling Time Trial Assoc. Check the CCTTA web site for a listing of Associated Bike Clubs.
If you have questions when you're at the track, don't hesitate to ask any of the other riders. By and large cyclists are a great group of people that will be pleased to help you or direct you to someone that can help you. The Time Trials run at Lowe's Motor Speedway are run as fun, community oriented events. We encourage you to have your family and friends come to the track to cheer you on. There is no charge for spectators. Time Trialing is fun. With a little training, you'll be surprised how quickly your total ride time will drop.
Ride safely and we'll see you at the track.