Saddle Slang is sponsored by Rehook. Check out our tools, bike care and apparel

Rōd Rez


A type of bicycle race held on paved roads

Example usage: I'm going to enter a road race this weekend.

Most used in: Countries with well-developed cycling infrastructure.

Most used by: Road cyclists and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 2

Also see: Criterium, Grand Fondo, Time Trial, Circuit Race,


What are Road Races in Cycling?

Road Races are a type of competitive cycling event that involves a group of cyclists racing against each other on a closed circuit. The course is typically a public road, though it can also be a purpose-built track. The goal is to be the fastest to complete the course. Road Races can range from amateur events to professional events such as the Tour de France.

In a typical Road Race, cyclists start at the same time and are expected to complete the course in the same amount of time. The winner is the cyclist who crosses the finish line first. The race can be divided into stages, with the overall winner being the cyclist with the fastest cumulative time. Some Road Races also feature individual time trials, where each cyclist races against the clock.

Road Races are popular among amateur and professional cyclists alike. According to the International Cycling Union, there are more than 4,000 registered cycling events each year, with the majority being Road Races. The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling event—and one of the most popular sporting events in the world—with an estimated 3.5 billion people tuning in to watch the race annually.


The Origin of the Term 'Road Races'

The term 'road races' is used to describe cycling events that take place on public roads. The term was first used to describe the Paris-Roubaix race, which began in 1896 and was held in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of northern France. The race was originally called the Paris-Roubaix Challenge Vélocipédique, but the name was later shortened to the Paris-Roubaix race.

The term 'road race' was later used to describe other similar cycling events held in France and other parts of Europe. These races were often held over long distances, and were popular among amateur cyclists. By the early 20th century, the term 'road race' had become widely used in the cycling world.

Today, road races are still popular among cyclists, and the term is used to describe a wide variety of cycling events, from short-distance criteriums to long-distance gran fondos. Road races have become a major part of competitive cycling, and are held all over the world.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Saddle Slang

Find definitions for all of the technical terms, slang, and acronyms used in cycling. From the different types of bikes and their components, to training techniques, racing terminology and put downs, this dictionary has it all.

Talk the Talk
1 of 3