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

Tee Tee Tee

Abbreviation, Team Time Trial

TTT stands for team time trial.

Example usage: The team time trial was the most difficult segment of the race.

Most used in: Time Trial cycling and Triathlon events.

Most used by: Professional and amateur time trial cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: 1 Team Time Trial, 2 TTT, 3 Team Pursuit, 4 Pursuit Race,


What is a Team Time Trial (TTT)?

A Team Time Trial (TTT) is a cycling event in which teams of cyclists race against the clock. The teams are usually composed of four to eight riders, and the team's time is taken when the fourth cyclist crosses the finish line. The team with the fastest time is the winner. It is a form of time trial cycling, which is a type of race in which individual cyclists or teams of cyclists race against the clock.

Team Time Trials are often used in road cycling events and are commonly a part of professional cycling events. The Tour de France is one of the most famous events that includes a Team Time Trial. Teams of four cyclists race against the clock, and the team with the fastest time is awarded the stage victory. Team Time Trials can also be featured in other professional events such as the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

Team Time Trials are a popular event for amateur cyclists, too. Many cycling clubs and teams organize their own Team Time Trials, with the fastest time winning the event. This type of event is often seen as a way of testing the teamwork and speed of a cycling team.

Team Time Trials are also a good way to measure the individual performance of each cyclist. By taking the team's time, it is possible to compare the performance of each rider and track their progress over time. Statistics such as average speed, time gaps between riders, and power output can all be used to analyze the performance of each cyclist.

A Brief History of the Team Time Trial

The term Team Time Trial (TTT) was first used in the context of Time Trial cycling in the 1950s. The exact origin of the term is unclear, however it is generally accepted that it was first used in Europe, most likely in either France or Italy.

In the 1950s, Team Time Trials were very popular in Europe, where teams of riders raced against the clock over a set distance. The team's time was determined by the time of the fifth rider to cross the finish line. This format of racing was especially popular in Italy and France, where it was known as 'contre-la-montre' (against the clock).

The popularity of the Team Time Trial waned in the 1960s and 1970s, however it has seen a resurgence in recent years with the introduction of the UCI ProTour in 2005. The ProTour includes a series of Team Time Trials which are held throughout the season.

Today, Team Time Trials are still popular in Europe and are also gaining popularity in other parts of the world, particularly in the United States. The UCI World Championships also includes a Team Time Trial event and the discipline is now included in the Olympic Games.

The term Team Time Trial has become widely accepted in the cycling world and is now the standard term used to refer to this type of racing.

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