from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A competitive event in which participants are timed, as in covering a set distance, often used to select qualifiers for another event.
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- n. An unpaced race in which riders or teams, leaving at regular intervals are timed over a preset course or distance, the winner being the rider or team to finish in the fastest time.
- n. Any competitive event in which competitors are timed rather than racing against each other.
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Before the first stage of the Tour there is a short time trial called the Prologue.
Following his formula of dividing the race into three sections, he blew away his rivals in the mountains, winning three stage victories in the Alps, including a time trial on the now-legendary climb to L’Alpe d’Huez.
A four-lap time trial came next; I ripped off the fastest split times all the way through to the last corner, when I slipped and slid on both hands, knees, and chest across the line—good for third.
This wasn’t a time trial in New Mexico or a race around the Richardson Bike Mart.
A nine-lap time trial separated the top sixteen from the rest of the skaters; I won.