This is the time to find out how much, or how little, training you have done over the first half of winter, but also to set you up for the remaining winter months into the Spring. The series starts off modestly with a 50 mile flat ride giving you 6 weeks to get fast, and fit, for the epic 100 miler through the Chilterns.
What is a reliability trial?
A reliability trial is an organised bicycle ride which challenges a cyclist to complete a course, passing through designated control points, within a preset time limit. In the United Kingdom, such events are often held in the wintry, opening, months of the year and are used by club cyclists as training rides. A common test would be a 100 in 8 – 100 miles would have to completed within eight hours, including any stops.
Where does the term come from?
The term is historic and dates back to the early years of the 20th century when cycling equipment was less reliable, roads were rougher, routes were more poorly sign-posted, and mobile telephones had yet to be invented. The name was also a way of emphasising to the police, at a time when the place of cycle sport on British roads was insecure, that the mass rides they might see were not races.
In the meantime there is still time left to dust off your turbo and start burning off those mince pies and Turkey! Not to mention the following group rides to choose from (please arrive in good time to leave promptly).