time trial


Definition of time trial 

: a competitive event (as in auto racing) in which individuals are successively timed over a set course or distance

Examples of time trial in a Sentence

He posted the second best lap in the time trials.

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Two days after her road race victory, South Korea's Na Ah-reum won the women's time trial at Subang in West Java from Eri Yonamine of Japan and Leung Wing Yee of Hong Kong. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 After giving birth to a son, Armstrong came out of retirement to defend her Olympic title in the 2012 Olympics in London, at 38 becoming the oldest rider to win an Olympic time trial. idahostatesman, "About Us: 150 Years of News and Change | Idaho Statesman," 1 Aug. 2015 The race is the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) one-day time trial in the United States. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "A brand-new event, and one of Boise's annual traditions. A big cycling weekend is on tap.," 10 July 2018 Van Avermaet, the 2016 Olympic road race champion who is a support rider for BMC leader Richie Porte, took the overall lead when his team won Monday’s team time trial. Joseph Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 4 of Tour de France," 10 July 2018 The 10-kilometer time trial winds its way through a number of different neighborhoods in the city. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Giro d'Italia: Cycling Classic begins with historic Israel visit," 4 May 2018 Busch led a sweep of the top three spots for Stewart-Haas Racing after 15 minutes of time trials. USA TODAY, "Kurt Busch takes pole for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500," 6 Apr. 2018 In a crazy study a few years ago, cyclists had to watch a video of a woman eating her own vomit before riding a 10K time trial. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 The threat of lightning around the track prompted NASCAR to cancel Rounds 2 and 3 of time trials, handing the pole to Busch, who holds the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track record for fastest qualifying lap. USA TODAY, "Kurt Busch takes pole for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500," 6 Apr. 2018

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circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of time trial

: a race in which competitors are timed as they race over a course and the one who completes the course in the least amount of time is the winner

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