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The Individual Time Trial. 3. 2. 1. GO.

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↥ ME vs. ME

Racing against the clock is an exceptional exercise for everyone. The Time Trial discipline allows the supporters to see each rider one by one and it really separates the stronger riders from the weaker ones. Effectively, the Time Trial is an individual discipline where you’re not only battling against the clock, but mostly against yourself.

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↥ WARM

Riders need to warm up for a long time ahead of their official start to be at their best as soon as they get the go ahead from the marshal. From there, they start a 55km against the clock where your only advantage on the other competitors is your ability to reduce your drag.

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↥ URO

The Time Trial discipline sometimes looks like a festival of unidentified rolling objects. To be the fastest and the slimmest against the wind, riders use completely different machines, helmets and skin suits. It helps to reduce drag and allows the riders save some precious watts giving them more mower, more efficiently.

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↥ FAST, FASTER, FASTERER

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↥ LEVEL

The mechanical aspect is not where the biggest advantages are most present. The biggest one is the ability of each rider to produce a constant level of power in one hour of effort. They need to reach the perfect balance between power production and the capacity of their metabolism to reduce the production of toxins, that infamous source of pain.

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↥ ROLLER

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↥ COOL DOWN

Time trial is a question of warm up, one hour of individual effort and a cool down. While the first feeling that comes to your mind after a huge effort is to pull off and take a rest, it is better to take time to hop on the roller.

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↥ ICE

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↥ IN A BAG

Continuing to turn your legs after exhausting them helps your blood to recirculate into your leg, cleansing them of toxins. 30mins on the roller at low resistance is very beneficial and allows riders to calm and cool down from the earlier high intensity.

↥ DRINK

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↥ DRINK AGAIN

There are only a few tips that help them to recover faster. The roller is one of the most effective methods, but ice jackets and ice bags placed on the neck also play a key role in recovery. Additionally, it is important that riders remember to have a cool drink in order to reduce body temperature.

↥ SHOWER

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↥ AND RELAX

A 3 week race, or any other stage type race, is a question of managing effort and speeding up recovery. Many things can occur during a big race, such as crashes or brutal efforts, but one of the main question how to maximize recovery after the bike, utilizing massage, physios, cool down and healthy food.

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