Personal Achievement Time Trial (PATT)
PATT is short for Personal Achievement Time Trial. A time trial is called the "Race of Truth" or "A Race against the Clock." There is no drafting, only the cyclist, the bike and the clock.
Normally it is held on the third Saturday of the month for May, June , July, August and September at the Telegraph Rd. recreation area on Hines Drive. We meet at the west end of the parking lot near the soccer field. These dates sometimes change due to conflicts (organized runs which start at Nankin Mills) or weather issues (reschedule PATT due to rain or flooding of Hines Dr.)
Traditionally, time trials are a most effective means of evaluating one's cycling fitness and training progress.
The Cycling Saddlemen PATT Series is conducted as close to a real sanctioned time trial as is possible so that anyone who races sanctioned time trials has an opportunity to practice time trialing under race conditions. This will allow you to be ready to race come race day rather than having to "practice" on race day.
The May through September PATTs are conducted on a 10 mile course, 5 miles out and 5 miles back, closed to vehicular traffic on excellent road surface.
Those of you who have never raced a time trial should consider coming out regardless. You will find a very friendly bunch of cyclists who will welcome your company and will gladly help you up the learning curve should you be interested. We will gladly try to spare you some of the missteps we have made trying to get better at time trialing. Should you decide to try time trialing in the PATT series I can guarantee you will become a stronger and better cyclist.
For those of you who are experienced at time trialing, consider coming out to practice, try out new equipment under "race conditions" or to get in some miles on your time trial bike.