Cycling: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Cycling: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Given its consistency at being a part of the Olympic Games, Cycling is what many sports fans regard as a legacy sport. It has been held at every single Olympics and has evolved to include a multitude of events. 22 gold medals will be up for grabs at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, FRANCE - JULY 25: Geraint Thomas of Great Britain and Team Sky, Egan Bernal aka Jody of Colombia and Team Sky warm up climbing Col du Portillon from their hotel in Spain to the starting line ahead of stage 17 of Le Tour de France 2018 between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Saint-Lary-Soulan (65 km) on July 25, 2018 in Saint Lary Soulan, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

France is the most successful nation in cycling at the Olympic Games with 91 medals (47 Gold, 27 Silver, 23 Bronze). Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins 8 medals (5, Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze) is the most successful cyclist in Olympic Games history. 


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Cycling at Tokyo 2020

Cycling at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will see the debut of the BMX freestyle events. Furthermore, alongside the debut of the women's Madison event, the men's Madison will make its comeback to the Olympic fold for the first time since 2012.

Top Cyclists at the Tokyo Olympics

In the women's road race, all eyes will be on the Dutch team and the defending gold medalist Anna van der Breggen. In the individual time trial, watch out for Tom Dumoulin and Remco Evenepoel. 

Team USA will see Brandon McNulty, Chloe Dygert (she will also compete in track cycling), Ruth Winder, Amber Neben, Coryn Rivera, Leah Thomas, and Lawson Craddock compete in the road race and time trial. Meanwhile, the mountain bike team will see the likes of Kate Courtney, Erin Huck, Christopher Blevins, and Haley Batten. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the Women's Road Race on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The track Cyclists include Lily Williams, Emma White, Jennifer Valente, Megan Jastrab, Maddie Godby, Adrian Hegyvary, and Gavin Hoover. And finally, team BMX will see Felicia Stancil, Payton Ridenour, Connor Fields, Corben Sharrah, Alise Willoughby, Hannah Roberts, Perris Benegas, Nick Bruce, and Justin Dowell. 

Types of Cycling

Cycling is divided into track cycling and BMX (freestyle and racing), Cross Country, and mountain cycling. Track cycling is further divided into multiple events. These include the sprints (individual and team) the team pursuit (a 16 lap race where one team can win by catching up with the other team that starts at the halfway point of the track). The other types of track cycling include Keirin, Omnium, and Madison. 


Competition Format for Cycling at Tokyo 2020

In BMX freestyle, there are no eliminations. Instead, the riders compete per the world ranking to determine the order for the final day. Here, they compete in reverse order of their heats standings with two/five judges' scores being considered.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Twan van Gendt of the Netherlands, Connor Fields of the United States, Sam Willoughby of Australia and Tory Nyhaug of Canada compete during the Men's Semi Finals on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic BMX Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

For BMX Racing, riders are split into pools and they engage in runs with the winner getting one point, the second-placed rider getting 2, and so on. The ones with the least points after the quarter-finals advance to the semis. Their results here determine the semi-final pools where they compete akin to the quarter-final competition. Things in the final are much simpler with the gold medal awarded to the winner of the single race. 

Mountain Biking, Road Race, and Time Trial start and end directly with the finals of the event. 

The track cycling events begin with the heats and proceed with the quarterfinals (for Sprint and Keirin) Semi-Finals and Finals (Madison begins directly with the final). The format for Omnium is different with four separate races (Scratch Race, Tempo Race, Elimination Race, Points Race) taking place on the same day. 

Schedule for Cycling at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Cycling will begin on day 2 of the Olympics with the men’s road race. It will conclude on the final day of the quadrennial meet with the women’s sprint, women’s omnium, and men’s Keirin. 

BMX, Cross-Country, and Road Race schedule for the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021. 

Men's BMX freestyleJuly 31--August 1
Women's BMX freestyleJuly 31--August 1
Men's BMX Racing-July 29July 30July 30
Women's BMX Racing-July 29July 30July 30
Men's Cross Country---July 26
Women's Cross Country---July 27
Men's Road Race---July 24
Men's Time Trial---July 28
Women's Road Race---July 25
Women's Time Trial---July 28


Track Cycling Schedule for Tokyo Olympics


Men's Keirin-August 7August 8August 8August 8
Women's Keirin-August 4August 5August 5August 5
Men's Madison----August 7
Women's Madison----August 6
Men's OmniumAugust 5----
Women's OmniumAugust 8----
Men's Team Pursuit-August 2-August 3August 4
Women's Team Pursuit-August 2-August 3August 3
Men's Sprint-August 4, August 5August 5August 6August 6
Women's Sprint-August 6August 7August 8August 8
Men's Team Sprint-August 3-August 3August 3
Women's Team Sprint-August 2-August 2August 2


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Venue for Cycling at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Cycling at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will take place across multiple venues, based on the specific event. The venues will include the Fuji International Speedway, Izu Velodrome, Izu MTB Course, Ariake Urban Sports Park, Olympic BMX course. 

Venues for Cycling at Tokyo 2020Fuji International Speedway, Izu Velodrome, Izu MTB Course, Ariake Urban Sports Park, and Olympic BMX course, Musashinonomori Park 
DateJuly 24- August 8
Streaming PlatformsPeacock TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Eurosport Player (Europe), TSN (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), Sony LIV (India)
Number of cyclists competing at Tokyo 2020600
Most medals in cycling at the OlympicsFrance 91 (47 Gold, 27 Silver, 23 Bronze )


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