Time trials are in competitive cycling competitions in which the competing drivers and teams not jointly start ( "mass start") alone and the positions a driver or team results from the order of the least travel time but "against the clock".
In road cycling , a distinction is made between individual time trials and team time trials . The prologue time trial and the mountain time trial are special cases of the individual time trial. The pair time trial and the mixed relay are special cases of the team time trial. Road cyclists who are particularly suited to time trial competitions are often referred to as time trial specialists .
In track cycling various time trial disciplines are contested. In the short term, there is the 1000 or 500 meter time trial , the team sprint and the 200 meter qualification as part of a sprint tournament . In the endurance area there is the individual pursuit and the team pursuit . The records, such as the hourly world record , are also determined in time trial mode.
Time trials are also held at BMX World Championships, in which, in addition to the award of time trial world championship titles, starting places for the other competitions are awarded.