Rolloff World Championships

Rolloff World Championships


SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2017, 5pm start


A Rolloff is a cycling event whereby riders set off from a hill rise and freewheel as far or as fast as they can. The chain is dropped off the front chainwheel and the only ‘push’ allowed is from the single foot on the ground at the start. The other foot must be on a pedal.

Classically there are two formats of Rolloff. Firstly there is the Distance Rolloff whereby the winner is the rider who ‘rolls’ the furthest from the start line. Such Rolloff courses finish on a flat or slightly rising runout.

There is nothing quite like the buzz of rolling past a struggling, almost stationary opponent……..

And we're rolling!
And we’re rolling!

Secondly there is the Fastest Rolloff whereby the winner is the rider who crosses a nominated finish line first.

There is nothing quite like the buzz of rolling faster than any other rider to the finish line……..

The Rolloff World Championships were, in the early years, held as Distance events but in 2015 this was switched to the Fastest format. In 2017 the Championships will revert to a Distance format on a new course near the Ferndale Event Centre of The Highland Fling

A Rolloff is classically done on a mountain bike. The course should have no corners sharp enough to require severe braking although such runs are often used in training. Courses are on sealed or dirt roads or a mix of both.

The Rolloff is perhaps THE great leveller in cycling. Fitness plays little part and it is one of the few sports (Equestrian anyone?) where men and women can compete on an equal footing. Whilst body+bike mass is generally accepted to improve chances in a Distance event, sleekness and aerodynamics play a key role in the shorter Fastest format. It is truly a sport for the narrow, the wide and anyone in between now.