There are two broad disciplines of racing bikes on the road: Time trials involve riders setting off individually and racing against the clock on a course of a set length. Road races are mass start events where cyclists race each other around a course, either on normal roads, or on a circuit closed to other traffic. Road races vary considerably in length, technicality and hilliness. Some elite road races are run over a number of days, or even weeks (such as the Tour de France).
With coded course names, pointy hats, futuristic bikes, and a whole new level of lycra streamlining, the world of time trials can appear rather mysterious and intimidating to the uninitiated. Time trial courses are usually pretty flat, but hill climbs are a type of time trial specifically designed to test an athlete's ability to ride uphill. Some members of Wadebridge Coasters CC are keen time trialists, and we run time trial races in affiliation with Cycling Time Trials (CTT).
Road racing for both children and adults is currently on the increase in Cornwall.
Team WCCC in action at the Plymouth Corinthian CC Davidstow 50 mile Road Race in April 2018 (photos by Alan Nielson Photography).