You may be wondering what is involved in competitive cycling and what the girls from the Splatt Lawyers Racing Team will be up to this year…. hopefully this will give you all an idea of what the girls do and a guide to some racing event lingo!
Look out for updates during the year…
The girls will be racing in several events, from local club events, through to state
level open events, such as the Queensland Road Team Series(QRTS). Some of the
girls will also be racing at national level in the National Road Series (NRS). The
NRS provides riders with an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a
national audience, including selectors for the Australian team. Many riders who are
now riding professionally got their start by racing in the NRS.
What events? There are several events that can be contested in road cycling. These
include criteriums, individual time trials, team time trials, kermesses and road
A criterium, or crit, is a bike race consisting of laps around a closed circuit, the
length of each lap or circuit ranging from about 700-1500m. It is typically fast and
furious and events can last between 30 to 60 minutes, and can include sprint laps
known as primes (pronounced “preem”). Typically the final laps are counted down,
ie a crit can be 30 + 2 laps, meaning that it is 30 minutes long, with two additional
laps after the thirty minute point is reached. The winner is the rider that crosses the
A kermesse is a longer version of a criterium, conducted over a circuit that is
longer (up to 5km). Typically, kermesses also last longer than a criterium.
An individual time trial (ITT) is a race against the clock. Individually, each
rider attempts to ride a marked course over a specified distance. The fastest rider
wins. Time trials can vary from a prologue, which is typically less than 10km,
through to longer distances. Team time trials (TTT) are a variation where a
team of three to five riders work together over a set course to produce the fastest
A road race is the discipline of competitive cycling that is held on paved/
bitumened roads. Road races can vary in length, and include several climbs, where a
“Queen of the Mountain” jersey is awarded to the fastest up the hill. It can also
incorporate sprint sections. Within road racing, there are a few terms you should
know. The peloton are the main group of riders in a race. A breakaway is a
small group or rider that has moved ahead of the peloton. The chase group is a
group attempting to catch up to the breakaway. It can consist of one or two riders or
the whole peloton.