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.
Recent Examples on the Web Australian Richie Porte rounded out this year's podium, at age 35, after his brilliant time trial that hoisted him from fourth to third overall. John Leicester, The Christian Science Monitor, "The surprise victor in a pandemic-defying Tour de France race," 20 Sep. 2020 More than 100 athletes are expected to compete in Huntsville, which will include three events: men’s and women’s road race, individual time trial and handcycling team relay. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville hosting ‘world class’ U.S. Paralympics cycling event as prelude to 2021 Games," 3 Dec. 2020 The time trial is more or less cross-country (running) following cross-country skiing. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "AIA uses 'wave starting' format in cross-country races to reduce COVID-19 risk," 3 Oct. 2020 In 2015, Dygert captured the individual time trial and the road race to become the first U.S. junior woman to win two gold medals at the road World Championships in Richmond, Va. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about cyclist Chloe Dygert," 25 Sep. 2020 Pogacar was sensational, not only ripping the iconic race leader’s yellow jersey from Roglic but comfortably winning the time trial, too. orlandosentinel.com, "Tadej Pogacar crushes Slovenian countryman Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title," 19 Sep. 2020 Cabral, of Hartford, did think about running the race hard, maybe as a time trial with some other elite runners in the state, but then decided against that. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Donn Cabral, John Treacy, Eamonn Coghlan and other Olympians will race each other — virtually — at the Manchester Road Race," 7 Nov. 2020 After Yeaton broke away from the lead pack to turn the race into a triumphant time trial, Norris emailed an Anchorage reporter to share the news. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "This Alaska outdoor power couple is tough on skis and on mountains," 1 Nov. 2020 With Dygert out, 30-year-old Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands won her first world title in the individual time trial after finishing second in each of the previous three years. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg Olympian Chloe Dygert in scary crash at cycling World Championships," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of time trial

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2020

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“Time trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20trial. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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