Road Cycling is an ever popular sport that has continued to gain traction over the years. The road race has featured in every modern Olympic Games since the Stockholm 1912 Games and the Individual Time Trial made its Olympic Debut at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Qualifying - tokyo 2020

Qualifications to secure spots at the Olympic Games is based around the number of qualifying points earned in the 2 years prior to the games at major road races and world championships designated by the UCI for road cycling.

The New Zealand Cycling Team selections for road cycling in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still to be determined, likley by the end June 2021.

Competition - tokyo 2020

The road cycling competition runs from the 24-28 July, based at the Fuji International Speedway.

Both the men’s and women’s road race will begin at Musashinonomori Park and will end at the Fuji International Speedway. The men’s race is 234km long with a grueling 4855m of elevation while the women’s race is 137km with 2692m of elevation.

The individual time trial will be based at the Fuji International Speedway on a 22.1km circuit. The men will complete two laps of the circuit for a total of 44.2km with an approximate elevation gain of 846m while the women will complete one lap with approximately 423m of elevation gained.

Road cycling 

Encompasses both the individual time trial and the road race:

Individual time trial for both Men and Women - Pontal
Women race one lap 29.8km -10 August
Men race two 29.8km laps -10 August  

Road Race - Flamengo Park (taking in Copacabana)
Women race 130.3km - 6 August
Men race 256.4km - 7 August

The Stars of Cycling

Bruce Biddle will forever be part of New Zealand’s Road Cycling Olympic legacy. Biddle initially finished 4th in the Road Race at the Munich Games in 1972 and was subsequently confirmed with 3rd place following a positive drug test of the original bronze medalist Jaime Huelamo. As Biddle was not drug tested at the time, the IOC has been unable to award him the bronze medal.

Did you know?

Just like spandex stops chaffing, leg shaving also serves a purpose – it makes getting gravel out of injuries and applying ointment much easier, and it also makes massage less difficult for the massage therapist.

Solid back wheels on track and road bikes reduce wind drag.

France, with 73 medals, is the most successful Olympic cycling nation.

The best all-time performing cyclist at the Olympic Games is British cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy, who added to his tally at the 2012 London Games to make it six gold medals in total.

On average, a pro-cyclist can ride around 40,000km a year. That’s the same distance it would take to go from Los Angeles to New York City 10 times.

Total Olympic Cycling Medals

1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze

GOLD

2004 Athens - Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit (Sarah Ulmer)

SILVER

2008 Beijing - Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit (Hayden Roulston)

2012 London - Women’s BMX (Sarah Walker)

BRONZE

1992 Barcelona - Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit (Gary Anderson)

2008 Beijing - Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit (Jesse Sergent, Westley Gough, Sam Bewley), (Marc Ryan, Hayden Roulston)

2012 London - Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit (Jesse Sergent, Westley Gough, Sam Bewley), (Marc Ryan, Aaron Gate)

2012 London - Men’s Keirin (Simon van Velthooven)

 

Cycling Terminology

Draft: To ride closely behind a competitor, saving energy by using that racer as a windbreak.

Flyer: A surprise attack, usually by a solo rider.

Peloton: The main group of riders; also called the pack, bunch or field.

Pole line: The innermost line on the velodrome surface used to measure the length of the track; also called the measuring line.

Repechage: A round (usually in sprint competitions) in which losers of previous heats race against each other to gain re-entry into the competition.

Sprinter’s line: A red line which marks the outside edge of the sprinter’s lane.

Time trial: A race in which riders start individually and race against the clock.

Timeline

1817 - First bicycle introduced as a mode of transport in Germany.

1891 - First major competition event (Paris-Brest-Paris) held. Soon after velodromes were built in many cities throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

1896 - Cycling was included in the first modern Olympic Games and has been at every summer Olympic Games since.

1903 - Tour de France began, cycling’s most famous race.

1970s - Off-road mountain biking began about the same time as BMX, now both Olympic cycling disciplines.

1996 - Mountain biking debuted at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

2008 - BMX racing was added to the Olympic programme in Beijing.

2012 - Women competed in the same full programme of events as men for the first time at the London Olympic Games.

 

Did you know?

Just like spandex stops chaffing, leg shaving also serves a purpose – it makes getting gravel out of injuries and applying ointment much easier, and it also makes massage less difficult for the massage therapist.

Solid back wheels on track and road bikes reduce wind drag.

France, with 73 medals, is the most successful Olympic cycling nation.

The best all-time performing cyclist at the Olympic Games is British cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy, who added to his tally at the 2012 London Games to make it six gold medals in total.

On average, a pro-cyclist can ride around 40,000km a year. That’s the same distance it would take to go from Los Angeles to New York City 10 times.


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