- To ride in a time trial you need a roadworthy bike. Helmets are recommended and some races insist on them.
- Prepare to be impressed by lots of professional-looking cyclists, but don't be overawed - they were beginners once.
- Develop a smooth, circular pedalling action by remembering that pulling the pedal up and over is just as important as pushing down and around.
- Maintain a lively cadence throughout - 90rpm is recommended for efficient pedalling, so get to know what that feels like by using a simple bike computer.
- Keep going hard at the end until you're past the timekeeper - every second counts.
- It's your responsibility to follow the rules of the road - don't make things unsafe for other road users.
- Check the route so you know where you're going and remember to carry a phone for emergencies.
Find out more about how time trialling could speed up your next triathlon.