Is TT racing is a more honest form of racing?

Road bike races are just a bunch of guys all crowded together trying to hide from the air behind the guy in front of them. Not showing honest speeds I think. What do you think?

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    TT and Road racing are only about pushing out watts, its brute force and requiring no skill and no consequences (unless you call loosing a consequence). If you want real racing, Downhill MTBing is where its at. :)
    – mattnz
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 6:07
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    No offense, but "not honest" is typically what a loser in a race says to a winner. Adhere to the rules, get better and win; do not whine about honesty — that is the way to winning. Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 6:31
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    Voting to close the question as mostly opinion-based. @rob1234, if you want to have constructive conversations on this questions-and-answers-typed site, please read its rules. Starting from the Tour is recommended for beginners. Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 6:33
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    – L.Dutch
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 12:20

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Any meathead can race a TT - "Grog strong! Grog stomp hard on crank. Grog go fast." I don't even know why they bother doing it outside - they might as well do the sport on a trainer.

Road racing takes strategy and forces riders to use their brains as well as their fitness and endurance.


You could argue that any lightweight could race in a 'normal' race 'Please don't let the guy in front realise I haven't done a turn in an hour', but that would be unnecessarily imflamatory. The question should be rearranged to idendify the required outcome. If the question is:

"Should TT riding be considered as a truer representation of a riders' speed over a certain distance, which can be measured objectively?"

Then the answer would be 'yes' .

If the question is :

"Should TT riding be considered as 'superior' to normal road racing as it can't be measured objectively?

Then the answer is 'no', as the practice of cycling in a bunch is highly subjective, and requires a lot of skill other than pedal power and aerodynamics to win.

In my personal opinion, TT riding (and more specifically static trainer riding) is a more honest form of competition, but it's less exciting. Can you imagine all stages of the Tour de France as TT?

  • it would be a lot slower tour de france if they did
    – user38235
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 12:01

TT Racing is all about watts and who can afford the best aeronautical engineers to squeeze out every piece of drag.

Why have them on a road? Stick everyone on a WattBike and weigh the results with a coefficient that favours of the teams with the biggest budgets. Job done. :)

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