What Are the Types of Cycling Events at Tokyo Olympics 2021?
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are almost upon us. The world’s biggest sporting spectacle which was postponed in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 is all set to enthrall fans across the globe. And among the big events to keep an eye out are those falling under the umbrella of cycling.
Cycling has long been a part of the Olympic calendar. The sport has been a regular feature ever since the birth of the modern Olympic movement back in 1896.
From a sport with just five events under its banner during its inception, cycling has branched its roots into five separate disciplines to encompass 22 events at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
But what exactly are these five different cycling disciplines? Look no further for the answer you seek.
The oldest vertical among the sport of cycling, the discipline has been part of the Olympic program since 1896. There are currently two types of events under this discipline, namely — road race and time trial.
As the name suggests, both events will take place on street circuits. The goal for both is the same, set the fastest time to win Gold. In the road race, a mass of riders start together to cover a 151.6 mile circuit, while women compete over 91.3-miles.
For time trial, riders set off at intervals of ranging between a minute to two. As an added bonus, this year’s road cycling events will feature the picturesque Mount Fuji in the backdrop.
Unlike road cycling, track cycling will take place indoors on a velodrome. This discipline has five events under its banner, namely — the Keirin, Madison, Omnium, Team pursuit, Individual sprints and Team sprint.
The women’s Madison event will be making it’s debut at the 2021 Summer Olympics, while the men’s event will be making its return for the first time since 2008 Olympic Games held at Beijing.
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Making it’s debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Mountain biking is relatively newer discipline when compared to track cycling and road racing.
There are several sub-sections under the discipline but the one to feature at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is cross-country. The races will be held on a 2.5 mile course and will require the athletes to maneuver through with forest roads and rocky pathways.
37 riders will line up according to their current world ranking. The riders will undertake multiple laps of the course as riders slower than the race leader are eliminated with each lap.
A sprint sport by nature, BMX racing is a high-octane, action packed event one wouldn’t want to miss. 24 athletes in both men’s and women’s races compete in groups of eight on an off-road circuit measuring roughly 400 meters long.
The top four riders from each race advance based on their rankings. This is done based on time and points gathered through the race. Gaining an early lead plays a major role in advancing as the short nature of the race allows the athlete to block opposing riders.
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The newest entrant to the world of Olympic cycling, BMX freestyle makes its debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Riders go out to put on their best runs over a span of two two-minutes where they execute a series of tricks which require tremendous expertise.
Various obstacles are set up within a BMX park which includes the likes of walls and box jumps. The athletes are judged by a panel based on their their originality, difficulty, and style.
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