Six things you need to know about the World Championships team time trials

Why is it contested by trade teams? Do the winners get to wear a rainbow jersey? These and other questions answered

Team time trial world championships.

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What exactly is the team time trial?

The team time trial traditionally kicks off the annual UCI Road World Championships. Teams of six riders compete against each other to set the fastest time over a given course. Both women's and men's events take place on the same day, which this year is Sunday, September 17.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.