14 November 2020 Team Time
Introducing a TTT, on arguably the most beautiful and testing road on the planet.

With the dramatic Overberg mountains looming above and the open ocean crashing onto the rocks below, the route includes a mix of lung busting climbs and fast rolling flats. This is the dream ride, from start to finish.

Covid lockdown and now Le Tour de France have us all chomping at the bit to saddle up and lay down watts, outside, against raw elements and other humans.

Here's your chance to test your legs, along with half your DC team. Will you smash 60km of very hilly, very scenic, bike rider bliss - or just enjoy a beautiful social ride to warm up your team mates for DC a month later?

Your call. One thing for sure, you're in for an incredible day out on your bike, with mates, family or colleagues.

14 November 2020

The Race

14 November 2020

60km. Fast. 6 riders, first 4 to count. Fun and beer after.

60  km (Gordons Bay to Kleinmond)

TEAM TIME TRIAL is a test of a rider or riders in a team against other riders to set the fastest time over a set distance.

They are a test of each individual or team against the circuit and conditions on the day, so no team on team drafting is allowed for Team Time Trial, Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond.

14 November 2020

Date: 14 November 2020 

Start Venue:  Gordons Bay

Finish Venue: Kleinemond

Bike Rack Time: tbc

Race Start Time: tbc

Formats: Team of 6 entries

Registrations: Venue tbc

Race Briefings:  Time & Venue tbc

Guidelines & Tips

TEAM TIME TRIAL is a test of a rider or riders in a team against other riders to set the fastest time over a set distance. They are a test of each individual or team against the circuit and conditions on the day, so no team on team drafting is allowed for Team Time Trial, Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond.

There are guidelines for TEAM TIME TRIAL to ensure that riders do not gain an unfair advantage. If these rules are breached the rider/s concerned will likely receive a time penalty or be disqualified. These rules are essentially those of the World Governing Body for TEAM TIME TRIAL.

  • When a rider catches another, the rider caught may not lead the rider behind, and the rider behind must not follow directly behind in the slipstream of the rider ahead. The UCI rules say a 2m sideways gap is required but as our roads are open and can be narrow, this is not always practical and/or safe.
  • When the rider behind passes, the rider who has been caught must not follow behind in their slipstream. Within a kilometre the rider who has been caught must drop back to at least 25m behind the rider now in front.
  • Riders may not help one another.
  • The same rules apply to TEAM TIME TRIAL with the following additions:
  • The rule about not leading or following other riders also applies to riders that drop behind. A rider who has dropped from their team may not join in with another team, or receive or provide assistance.
  • Riders, even of the same team, may not push one another.
  • The exchange of food, drinks, small items of equipment, wheels and bicycles and help with running repairs is permitted between riders of the same team.
  • If a rider is disqualified their team shall be disqualified.

In practical terms the rules mean that if a rider is caught, as the rider behind approaches within 25m they need to ensure they are to the side and not ride directly behind. They have shown superior speed to catch the rider ahead but they now need to be sure they have the power to pass and preferably pull away from that rider before they approach any closer than 25m.

Ideally they should overtake then move away. The rider behind must now fall back so that within a kilometre they ride 25m behind the rider now in front. Even if the passing rider passes but then only travels at the same speed as the rider who has been caught, that rider must drop back and hold a position 25m behind.

Note: At 30km/hr, 25m = 3 sec; at 38kmkm/hr, 25m = 2.5 sec; at 45km/hr, 25m = 2 sec.

If the rider ahead fades and the rider behind feels they can overtake they must follow the same guideline. (There is a belief that there is a rule that a passed rider may only re-pass once but the writer has not been able to substantiate this).

It is important to note the guideline about dropped riders in TEAM TIME TRIAL. They must not get involved with other teams in any way. They cannot jump on the wheel of a passing team with the aim of re-joining their own team for example.


You should practice as a team beforehand to assess relative strengths of the riders and work on rotating to ensure it is smooth and safe. The club generally only rides a team event once a year so the format and its particular demands are foreign to a lot of riders.

You may rotate to the left or right depending on any wind but you may also decide to just rotate to the right which more riders will be more familiar with.

When you have done your turn, pull to the right but not too far and slip back smoothly to the rear. As you near the tail you may need to up your cadence to move smoothly in behind the last rider without leaving a gap you need to make up – using up precious energy.

Most teams will rotate regularly though if a team has particularly strong rider they may do a longer pull on the front.

Set yourselves a target pace depending on your team’s abilities and the conditions and as soon as the rider on the front falls below that, they should pull off. If a rider is struggling to come through for their pull they should drop a bit further back when they rotate back to indicate to the next team member that they should drop in earlier. But not too far or they will slip off the back. This allows the flagging rider a chance to recover. But if the rider still can’t come through they should tell their teammates and drop off.

It has been proven that all other things being equal five riders will travel faster than four so you should try and keep your team together as long as you can, providing you are moving at the pace you want.

Times in team events are taken on the fourth rider which allows a rider who is off the pace to fall away or means a team can lose a rider who has a mechanical issue and remain in the event.

If your team is faster than a team in front you must follow the rules about passing. As you get close to them you should tell them “riders passing” stop your rotating while you pass and only resume once well clear.

A little bit of preparation for a TEAM TIME TRIAL and discussion of the special issues involved so everyone on the team is clear about things can help make them a lot of fun.


Rules and Tips courtesy of Ramblers and a variety of Cycling Club’s websites

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