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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

    Zero Regrets

  • 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.

    Zero Regrets


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