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

Miscellany Teunissen keeps Tour lead Dutch rider Mike Teunissen kept the Tour de France yellow jersey after his Jumbo-Visma squad won Sunday’s team time trial in Brussels. BostonGlobe.com, "Christian Yelich will pass up Home Run Derby," 7 July 2019 In his first full professional season, Asgreen won the time trial at the Danish championships and finished runner-up at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Samuel Petrequin, baltimoresun.com, "Cycling's new generation ready to deliver at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 His strongest suit, however, was the time trial, or race against the clock. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Felice Gimondi, Cyclist With a Career Triple Crown, Dies at 76," 22 Aug. 2019 Chloe Dygert Owen honored a late teammate Wednesday after a runaway gold medal in road cycling's individual time trial at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg cyclist Chloe Dygert Owen honors late teammate after winning gold," 7 Aug. 2019 After claiming the race lead by storm with a couple of well-time attacks followed up with a shock victory in the race’s individual time trial, Alaphilippe surprisingly hung onto the coveted tunic in the Pyrenees last week. Samuel Petrequin, BostonGlobe.com, "Two disqualified as Tour de France appears on course for dramatic finish," 25 July 2019 More recently, Nairo Quintana ended up runner-up twice behind Chris Froome but lacked the time trialing abilities required to overcome the British four-time champion. John Leicester, BostonGlobe.com, "Egan Bernal all but secures Colombia's first Tour win," 27 July 2019 During Friday's qualifying, Bowman was coming down the frontstretch during his time trial run when the driveshaft in his No. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Why Alex Bowman will drive Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR Cup car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," 20 July 2019 While Alaphilippe outclassed his rivals during the first two weeks on short, punchy climbs, hanging on in the Pyrenees and by upsetting Thomas in the time trial, Pinot is closing in on the lead fast. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Why it’s the most exciting Tour de France since the Greg LeMond days," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of time trial

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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