Here’s your complete guide to the cycling events during the Olympics

Everything you need to know about the Australian Cycling athletes, what events they're competing in, an overview of the cycling disciplines and event schedules, plus when and where to watch all the Olympic action.

From the 23rd July to the 8th August 2021, Tokyo are hosting the highly anticipated Olympics Games which will see 487 Australian athletes compete in 33 different sports. Twenty nine of those athletes are on the Australian Cycling Team and will compete for gold across five cycling disciplines: Road, Track, Mountain, BMX & BMX Freestyle.

With cycling events happening every day of the Olympics, you won't be short of any cycling action.

Road Race

24 - 28 July

Two events make up the road cycling program - road race and individual time trial.

The men’s road race is the first of the cycling events and will cover a 244km course, including 4,865m of elevation starting in Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park. The course will feature incredible views of Mt Fuji.

The women will follow a similar course but will rideΒ 147km with 2692m of elevation.

The individual time trial will start at the Fuji International Speedway. The men will take on two laps of the 22.1km course and the women will race for one lap.

🧑 = Olympic Debut πŸ… = Number of Olympics

WOMEN

Amanda Spratt (NSW) Β πŸ… πŸ… (2012, 2016) - Women's Cycling Road Race
Grace Brown (NSW)
🧑 - Women's Cycling Road Race & Women's Cycling Road Individual Time Trial
Sarah Gigante (VIC) 🧑 - Women's Cycling Road Race & Women's Cycling Road Individual Time Trial
Tiffany Cromwell (SA) 🧑- Women's Cycling Road Race

MEN

Richie Porte (TAS) πŸ… (2016) - Men's Cycling Road Race, Men's Cycling Road Individual Time Trial
Rohan Dennis (SA) πŸ… πŸ… (2012, 2016) - Men's Cycling Road Individual Time Trial, Mens 4000m Team Pursuit. UPDATED: Dennis has pulled out of the Men's Cycling Road Race
Lucas Hamilton (VIC) 🧑 - Men's Cycling Road Race
Luke Durbridge (WA) 🧑 - Men's Cycling Road Race

Road Race

Sat 24 July (Men's)
11.30am – 6.45pmΒ 

Sun 25 July (Women's)
1.30pm - 6:05pm

Individual Time Trial

Wed 28 JulyΒ 
12:00pm - 6:00pm

*All times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


Road Race Maps

Men's Road Race Map

Women's Road Race Map

Individual Time Trial Map

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Track

2 - 8 August

There are six different track events throughout the Olympics which both men & women compete in:

Sprint:
An individual race where matches are contested between two riders who cover three laps of the track. The first rider over the line wins the race, best of three races wins the match. The top 16 riders qualify for the knockout stages with a flying 200-metre time trial.

Keirin:
Up to seven riders compete in this six-lap race. A pacer is used, which gradually increases in speed as the cyclists draft behind while manoeuvring for position. The pacer accelerates to 50km/h, and when only three laps remain, it pulls away to allow the riders to sprint in a wild dash for the finish.

Madison:
Teams of two riders take turns to race in a 50km (men) or 30km (women) endurance relay. The resting rider has to touch the racing rider when changing over.

Team Sprint:
A team of three riders race around the track. The leading rider must complete a lap and swing up in a designated zone 15 metres on either side of the finish line. The second rider takes over the pace for the middle lap before the third rider finishes off. The race is a test of a team’s ability, and the quickest team over the three laps wins.

Team Pursuit:
A 4km race between two teams of four riders, who race to overtake the other team or to beat their time.

Omnium:
This is a multiple-race event. Four races are held in a day, and riders are awarded points for their finishing position, which are totalled at the end to find their ranking. The four races are tempo race, scratch race, elimination race and a points race.

All track racing will take place at the Izu Velodrome located in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 120km southwest of Tokyo.

🧑 = Olympic Debut πŸ… = Number of Olympics

WOMEN

Alexandra Manly (WA) 🧑 – Track
Annette Edmondson (SA) πŸ… πŸ… (2012 πŸ₯‰, 2016) – Team Pursuit, Omnium
Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW)
πŸ…(2016) - Team Pursuit
Georgia Baker (TAS) πŸ… (2016) - Team Pursuit
Kaarle McCulloch (NSW) πŸ… (2012 πŸ₯‰) – Team Sprint
Maeve Plouffe (SA) 🧑 – Endurance

MEN

Alexander Porter (SA) 🧑 - Team Pursuit
Kelland O’Brien (VIC) 🧑 – Endurance
Leigh Howard (VIC) 🧑 - Endurance
Lucas Marc Plapp (VIC) 🧑 - Team Pursuit
Matthew Glaetzer (SA) πŸ… πŸ… (2012, 2016) Β - Sprint
Matthew Richardson (WA) 🧑 – Sprint
Nathan Hart (ACT) πŸ…(2016) - Sprint
Sam Welsford (WA) πŸ…(2016 πŸ₯ˆ) - β€―EnduranceΒ 

Sprint:

Men's Sprint Qualifying & Rounds
Wed 4 August - 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals, Quarterfinals, & Finals
Thurs 5 August – 4:00pm – 7:20pm

Women's Sprint Qualifying & Rounds
Fri 6 August - 4:00pm – 7:45pm

Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals & Quarterfinals
Sat 7 August - 4:00pm – 6:55pm

Men's Sprint Semifinals & Finals
Fri 6 August - 4:00pm – 7:45pm

Women's Sprint Semifinals & Finals
Sun 8 August – 10:30pm – 1:45pm

Keirin

Women's Keirin First Round
Wed 4 August - 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Women's Keirin Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
Thurs 5 August – 4:00pm – 7:20pm

Men's Keirin First Round
Sat 7 August - 4:00pm – 6:55pm

Men's Keirin Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
Sun 8 August – 10:30pm – 1:45pm

Madison:

Women's Madison Finals
Fri 6 August - 4:00pm – 7:45pm

Men's Madison Final
Sat 7 August - 4:00pm – 6:55pm

Team Sprint:

Women's Team Sprint Qualifying & Finals
Mon 2 Aug 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying & Finals
Tues 3 Aug – 4:00pm – 6:40pm

Team Pursuit:

Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying
Mon 2 Aug 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
Mon 2 Aug 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Women's Team Pursuit First Round & Finals
Tues 3 Aug – 4:00pm – 6:40pm

Men's Team Pursuit First Round
Tues 3 Aug – 4:00pm – 6:40pm

Omnium:

Men's Omnium Final: Scratch Race, Tempo Race, Elimination Race, & Points Race
Thurs 5 August – 4:00pm – 7:20pm

Women's Omnium Final: Scratch Race, Tempo Race, Elimination Race, & Points Race
Sun 8 August – 10:30pm – 1:45pm

*All times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


BMX

29 - 30 July

The Ariake Urban Sports ParkΒ in Tokyo will host the fourth ever BMX Race Olympic event.

BMX races are thrilling sprint races with a maximum of eight riders who launch themselves from a gate atop the 8m high 35-degree start hill. Riders can reach 60km/h while riding over alternating jumps and around banked corners.

The course is approximately 400m long and of all the five cycling disciplines, BMX requires the most protective gear with a full-face helmet, gloves, goggles and long-sleeved protective clothing.

There will be 24 competitors in both the men’s and women’s events. Six riders compete in each of the four heats over three rounds, with the top 16 proceeding to the semi-final, and then the top eight competing in the final.

🧑 = Olympic Debut πŸ… = Number of Olympics

WOMEN

Lauren Reynolds (WA) πŸ… πŸ… (2012, 2016) - BMX Racing
Saya Sakakibara (QLD) 🧑 - BMX Racing

MEN

Anthony Dean (SA) πŸ…(2016) - BMX Racing

BMX Race Quarter Finals
Thurs 29 July - 10:30am – 12:30pm

BMX Race Semi Finals & Finals
Fri 30 July 10:30am – 12.50pm

*All times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


BMX Freestyle

31 July - 1 August

Many exciting tricks are performed in the BMX freestyle event including backflips, tailwhips, barspins and the superman which makes this cycling discipline exciting to watch. It is the first time BMX Freestyle will feature at the Olympic Games and it will be held at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Riders participate in two 60-second runs and are given a score based on their performance for each run, with riders ranked based on their average score. The highest-scoring rider will go last in the final.

Australian's Logan Martin and Natalya Diehm will make history as Australia's first Olympic BMX Freestylers when the discipline makes its Games debut in Tokyo. Logan will be a favourite for the Olympic title, having won the 2021 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in France in June. Natayla took out the AusCycling BMX Freestyle National Championships earlier this year and sits in the top ten in the world ahead of Tokyo.

🧑 = Olympic Debut πŸ… = Number of Olympics

WOMEN

Natalya Diehm (QLD) 🧑 – BMX Freestyle

MEN

Login Martin (QLD) 🧑 – BMX Freestyle

BMX Freestyle Seeding Events
Sat 31 July – 10:40am – 12:50pm

BMX Freestyle Finals
Sun 1 August - 10:40am – 1:20pm

*All times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


Mountain Bike

26 - 27 July

Mountain Bike riders will take on the new off-road Izu Mountain Bike Course which has a vertical height difference of 150m and is set to be harder than previous Olympic courses. The four–six-kilometre course is set to take riders between 90-105 minutes to complete. The course is a narrow dirt single-track trails with steep ascents and descents and rocky sections.

Riders whose time is 80 per cent slower than that of the race leader’s first lap are eliminated.

The race features a mass start and consists of multiple laps with the first rider to complete the required laps winning gold.

🧑 = Olympic Debut πŸ… = Number of Olympics

WOMEN

Rebecca McConnell (ACT)Β πŸ… πŸ… (2012, 2016) - Mountain Bike

MEN

Daniel McConnell (VIC)Β πŸ… πŸ… πŸ… (2008, 2012, 2016) - Mountain Bike

Women's Mountain Bike
Tues 27 July - 3:30pm – 5.30pm

Men's Mountain Bike
Mon 26 July 3:30pm – 5:30pm

*All times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


Where to watch

Tokyo 2020 will be live and free on Seven and 7plus

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director and six-time Olympian Stuart O'Grady will join the Sunrise team on their daily coverage of the Olympic Games.

Joining him will be other Australian Olympic icons - Grant Hackett, Stephanie Rice, Sally Pearson, Giaan Rooney, Jana Pittman, John Steffensen and Shane Heal.

FROM ADELAIDE TO TOKYO

FROM ADELAIDE TO TOKYO

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