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For the First Time Racer

“The Miracle isn’t that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start!”  – John Bingham

What is a Time Trial Race?

Racing in a time trial is fun and probably one of the safest ways to race a road bike. You are generally not near any other racers (in fact the rules do not allow “drafting”) except when one racer passes another on the course.

You ride your bike as you would on any street, stay to your right, and watch for traffic. Course marshals will direct you for all your turns and will help control auto traffic so you can primarily concentrate on pedaling as fast as you can!

Europeans call the time trial the “Race of Truth” as it is a race in which the individual or a team race against the clock. Racers are separated by gender and age group and there is a “Retro” division in which no special aerodynamic equipment is allowed. After all racers have completed the course, then all the racers are ranked in their specific category.

KHMTT First Time Racer Program

The KHMTT in cooperation with Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado offers a low-cost First Time Racer program that will allow anyone who has never held a USA Cycling racing license the opportunity to try time trial racing for only $10.

Here is how to take advantage of this program:

  • Sign up for the KHMTT First Timer program (form below).
  • Register for a free USA Cycling membership, which includes:
    • Free one-day USA Cycling license – Required to race in the KHMTT (normally $10)
    • An hour coaching consult with USA Cycling Coach
    • Access to USA Cycling partner benefits and discounts

Bike and Clothing

Wear your favorite cycling jersey and bring your road bike! There is surprisingly little correlation between a cyclist’s ability and his or her appearance. Everyone challenges themselves against the clock; their own clock!

Don’t worry about aero bars, time-trial specific bikes, and other special equipment, just come and ride.

What You Will Need On Race Day

  • Road bike
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses (eye protection)
  • Food and drink (with protein and carbohydrates) for after your race
  • $10 (Cash preferred, but we do take checks and credit cards)
  • A friend to cheer for you is always nice


Email us at khmtt@cobrascycling.org and include your phone number if you would like a callback.

Next, complete the form below, (you must be pre-registered) providing us your name, contact information and which week you would like to race.

Next, you will be transferred to the USA Cycling website where you can apply for a no-cost basic USA Cycling membership. Remember the discount code: KHMTT2019 (case sensitive)

By completing this form, you will not be required to pay for a one-day license for your first race ($10).

Then, just show up at the park!

Come early (4:00 PM) if you can, but if you can’t any time between 4:00 and 5:30 PM would work.

Come to the registration table behind the Smoky Hill parking area, and just tell one of the volunteers there that you are a first-time racer and would like the “First Timer Deal”.

They will have you do a little paperwork, collect your $10 entry fee and give you a race bib (your race number so the starter and the timer at the finish line know who you are).

They will help you pin your bib to your shirt or jersey, tell you what your start time is, and point you to the start line.
You just need to be at the start line at least three minutes before your start time.

There will be a start marshal at the start line. If you tell the start marshal at the start line that this is your first race they will help explain what to expect and answer any questions you may have.

It’s that easy!

Continue Racing Throughout the 2019 Season

To continue racing beyond your first race you will need a USA Cycling racing license and a Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) membership.

The USA Cycling racing license provides insurance in the event something happens to you while on-course covers race course and timing officials and helps promote bicycle racing in the U.S.

Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado memberships pay for recording and posting of race results and promote bike racing in Colorado.

Your cost for upgrading your USA Cycling membership to a USA Cycling Racing license is only $60 (normally $80). Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado will provide you with a 2019 Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado membership at no cost (normally $30), as a participant in the KHMTT First Timer program.

Yes! I want to try racing!

First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Phone Number:
First Week you would like to race:
I certify that I currently do not have nor have I ever held a USAC license and that this will be my first time I have ever raced in a USAC permitted event.

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