Time-trial meaning

A competitive event in which participants are timed, as in covering a set distance, often used to select qualifiers for another event.
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A competitive racing event decided by the time each contestant takes to cover a course individually, often, specif., as a preliminary event to determine qualifiers for head-to-head competition.
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(cycling) An unpaced race in which riders or teams, leaving at regular intervals are timed over a preset course or distance, the winner being the rider or team to finish in the fastest time.
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Any competitive event in which competitors are timed rather than racing against each other.
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