Which Cycling Events Are Taking Place at the Olympics and When Will They Be?
After a 12 month delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games are set to kick off in just a few weeks’ time. Of course, much of the media attention will be on the opening ceremony and the high-profile track and field events like the 100-meter sprint.
However, plenty of eyes will also be on the 22 cycling events to take place over the two weeks. These will be the highlight of the event for two-wheel fans, with millions expected to tune in and watch on TV. Many of these will also be placing bets on the cycling races and taking advantage of free bet promotions to do so.
If you’d like to follow the 50 nations and their 600 athletes taking part in the 22 cycling events, here’s what you need to know.
The men’s road race will take place on 24th July, the second day of the event. This will be followed the next day by the women’s road race. On 28th July, the men’s and women’s time trial events will be held.
The road race circuit begins in Musashinonomori Park in the West of Tokyo. It will then climb through mountains with an entire kilometer of elevation, before heading to the Fuji Speedway racetrack, the location of several Formula 1 Grands Prix. Both road races will see riders navigating around the track, which will be a novelty for cycle racing.
The men’s and women’s cross-country events will take place on 26th and 27th July respectively. This will be the seventh time mountain biking has been included in the Olympics.
It will be held on the Izu Mountain Bike Course and will see riders complete several laps of the 4.1-kilometer track. It has been designed to be difficult for riders, with around 150 meters of elevation on each lap.
Track cycling will begin on 2nd August and run until the final day of the Olympics on the 8th August. It will include Keirin, Madison, Omnium, team pursuit, sprint, and team sprint events. They will take place at the Izu Velodrome, in the same area as the mountain biking course.
BMX first appeared at the Olympics in 2008 with the introduction of the BMX Individual event, which is simply a time trial event that involves jumps.
This year’s Tokyo Olympics will see the addition of a BMX Freestyle where riders will perform tricks in front of a panel of judges who will score them on their performance. This will work in a similar way to diving events.
BMX events will take place at the Ariake Urban Sports Park and will start on the 29th July and finish on the 1st August.