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Northern Michigan is one of the most beautiful places in the world to ride a road bike, but there are relatively few competitive events in this area
In an Eddy Merckx time trial groups of riders ride the same course to see which team can complete the course in the fastest time. The Bike Benzie Team Time Trial rules:
Four riders per men's team (three for women's) with the time of the third rider being the team's official finishing time.
The teams start off at 3-minute intervals.
No drafting outside of your own team (if riders on the course try to join your group, politely ask them to drop off).
No aero gear (i.e., no aero bars, helmets or wheels deeper than 33 mm).
Most riders in today's road cycling culture ride with a club or small group of friends on a regular basis. Being able to compete with their riding mates in a team time trial is something that should appeal to many. The advantages of this type of event are several. Speeds are reduced, riders are in small groups, and they are familiar with communicating on the fly with one another while riding.
Motorists also benefit from the small grouping of riders. The most common complaint heard from motorists is that they have a hard time passing large groups of bikers taking up the entire lane. Four-man teams working together are at most two abreast and are tightly grouped and thus can be passed with little trouble.
Eliminating the aero gear also increases safety. Speeds are reduced and the riders have better control of their machines (aero bars are especially problematic when controlling a bike in a group). Another benefit of restricting aero gear is that it levels the playing field. Aero equipment becomes very expensive and can increase speeds by up to 5 mph. Eliminating this option means the event will reward the riders' abilities, not their pocket books.
If you have any questions about the rules for this event, email Bike Benzie or call Bill at (231) 231-251-9002 .