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Noun, Verb

Split time is the amount of time it takes a cyclist to complete a set distance.

Example usage: My split time for the first 5 km was 25 minutes.

Most used in: Time Trial cycling, especially in competitive events.

Most used by: Cyclists who take part in Time Trial events.

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Also see: Intermediate Time, Time Check, Time Splits, Time Gap,


What is Split Time in Time Trial Cycling?

Split time is the measure of the time it takes a cyclist to cover a certain distance in a bike race, typically a Time Trial. It is measured in seconds, minutes, or hours and is often used to compare performance between cyclists. It is also used to measure progress against a personal best.

Split time is calculated from the start of a race to a designated point along the course. For example, a cyclist may be timed from the start line to the first mile marker. This time is known as the first split, or split time. The next split would be the time from the first mile marker to the second mile marker, and so on. At the end of the race, the total time to complete the course is calculated.

Split times can be used to compare performance between cyclists and against a personal best. For example, if a cyclist records a personal best split time of 3 minutes and 15 seconds for a certain point on the course, they can then aim to beat this time on the next race. The use of split times can be a useful way to track progress and motivate cyclists to push their limits.


The Beginnings of Split Times in Time Trial Cycling

The concept of split times in time trial cycling has been around since the late 19th century. It originated in the United Kingdom in the 1880s, where cyclists would split their ride into two or more sections, allowing them to measure their progress over a certain distance. The idea was that riders would be able to compare their performance from one section to the next and eventually determine their overall time.

The first recorded use of the term “split time” in cycling was in 1895, when the British magazine “The Field” published a story about a time trial event in England. The article described how the cyclists were given split times at each point along the route, which allowed them to compare their performance over the entire course. Since then, the term has become widely used in the sport of time trial cycling.

Split times have become an essential part of time trial cycling, and they are still used today to measure progress throughout a race. By having a record of each rider's split times, it is easier to identify who is the fastest and who is the slowest. This helps to create a more competitive and fair atmosphere for all participants in the race.

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