Individual Road Race – This road race begins with a mass start and is held over a course of approximately 250 km for men and 140 km for women. Although it is technically an individual race, the riders use various strategies to help their strongest team member win. All competitors start together, and the first rider to cross the finish line wins gold.
Individual Time Trial – For the shorter Time Trial (44km for men, 29km for women), the riders start 90 seconds apart, and the winner is the rider with the fastest time over the course. Great stamina, astute strategy and powerful acceleration are essential to success in both events, with teamwork also playing a big part in the Road Races.