Olympic Road Cycling Course
What is the course for the time trial road cycling at the Rio Olympic Games? And the road race? Are they the same course? The quick answer is no, one is significantly longer than the other, but they do share similarities.
The road race is an Olympic event where all road cyclists set off in one mass start, and the first one to cross the finish line wins the gold medal. Team tactics are often used and it is an endurance test rather than a sprint.
The time trial consists of all the competing road cyclists setting off individually, at 90 second intervals, and sprinting a shorter course against the clock. The rider who records the quickest time for the circuit once all have ridden wins the gold.
Let’s take a look at the courses they will be reading in each event; the road race and the time trial.