Road racing and time trialling are our second most popular disciplines. The minimum distance for a time trial is generally 10 miles but shorter races are permitted. Most races are at either fixed distances (10. 25, 50 and 100 miles) or fixed time (12 and 24 hours). Riders start at one minute intervals, or sometimes more, and cover the course as fast as they can without taking pace from other competitors or vehicles.
Road Racing is massed-start cycle racing on roads or circuits. First rider over the finish line wins, with anything from twenty to almost 200 competitors, depending on the event. The majority of racing takes place on public roads, though there are an increasing number of circuit events, either on roads closed to other traffic or on specially constructed circuits. We have run ACU events at Eelmoor and other venues.
The classic Road Race is a test of stamina, fitness and tactical acumen. Team tactics often come into play. Riders often have particular strengths: some can climb hills and mountains very quickly; others have a devastating turn of speed or sprint; other have the ability to ride very well against the clock in Time Trials (which often form part of multi day or stage races). The art is to restrict your rival’s gains in the areas where they are strong and maximise your gains in your preferred terrain.
Some Road Races are contested over several days and several stages. These “Stage” Races or Tours often feature prizes for each stage winner, plus others for the best sprinter in the race, the best climber (aka King of the Mountains), the leading team and, of course, the overall winner, who is the rider with the best aggregate time. The Tour de France is the world’s most prestigious Stage Race and lasts for three weeks.
The Army Cycling Union is dedicated to providing the correct level of racing for you, may you be a novice rider or Elite athlete. The representative team races throughout the year and throughout the country.
If you want to find out who is racing or training in your area the ask on the forum here.
For hints and tips pertaining to road racing, click here
ACU Time Trial If you want to start TT but do not know where to start click here