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Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics

The cycling competitions at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place at five venues between 28 July and 12 August. The venues were the London Velopark for track cycling and BMX,[1] and Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, for mountain biking.[2] The road races took place over a course starting and ending in The Mall in central London[3] and heading out into Surrey, while the time trials started and finished at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames. Eighteen events were contested and around 500 athletes participated.

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Cycling (BMX), London 2012.pngCycling (Mountain), London 2012.pngCycling (Road), London 2012.pngCycling (Track), London 2012.png
Pictograms for, clockwise from top left, BMX, mountain, track and road cycling.
VenueLondon Velopark (BMX, track)
Hadleigh Farm (mountain)
Central London, Surrey (road)
Dates28 July – 12 August 2012
CompetitorsTotal: 505
48 (BMX)
77 (mountain biking)
210 (road cycling)
176 (track cycling)
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Cycling events have been contested in every Summer Olympics programme since the first modern Olympiad in 1896 alongside athletics, artistic gymnastics, fencing and swimming. Compared to the cycling at the 2008 Olympics, there were many changes in the Olympic track cycling programme. The men's and women's individual pursuit and points race, and the men's Madison were removed. Team sprint, team pursuit and keirin were added to the women's programme, while Omnium was a new race for both men and women.[4] Countries were restricted to one entry per track event, a restriction which seemed to be directed at preventing the British team from double-medalling in the same event as they had in four events in 2008,[5][6][7] thus lowering their medal chances. However, similar to the 2008 Beijing Games, the cycling events were dominated by the British team, which, with a haul including eight gold medals, was the only one to win more than a single gold medal.



The road racing at the Olympics and Paralympic Games was originally scheduled to take place in Regent's Park and on Hampstead Heath. Instead, the Olympic road races started and finished on The Mall in central London and headed out in a south-westerly direction to include loops around Box Hill in Surrey.[8] Road racing in the Paralympics took place at Brands Hatch.[9] The Olympic mountain bike event took place at Hadleigh Farm after the UCI labeled the course at Weald Country Park[10] "too easy" in July 2008.[11] It was touted that the course could be created in Wales.[12] A location in Kent was also considered.[13]


Participating nationsEdit

Cyclists from 74 nations participated at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Competition scheduleEdit

H Heats/preliminaries ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
BMX, mountain biking and road cycling[14][15][16]
Event↓/Date → Sat 28 Sun 29 Wed 1 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun 12
Men's BMX H ¼ ½ F
Women's BMX H ½ F
Mountain biking
Men's cross-country F
Women's cross-country F
Road cycling
Men's road race F
Men's time trial F
Women's road race F
Women's time trial F
Track cycling[17]
Date → Thu 2 Fri 3 Sat 4 Sun 5 Mon 6 Tue 7
Event ↓ A A M A M A A M A
Men's Keirin H ½ F
Men's Omnium FL PR ER IP SR TT
Men's sprint H ¼ ½ F
Men's team pursuit H ½ F
Men's team sprint H ½ F
Women's Keirin H F
Women's Omnium FL PR ER IP SR TT
Women's sprint H ¼ ½ F
Women's team pursuit H ½ F
Women's team sprint H ½ F
M = Morning session, A = Afternoon session
FL = Flying Lap, PR = Points Race, ER = Elimination Race, IP = Individual Pursuit, SR = Scratch Race, TT = Time Trial

Medal tableEdit

1  Great Britain82212
2  Germany1416
3  France1304
4  Australia1236
5  United States1214
6  Colombia1113
7  Netherlands1023
8  Czech Republic1001
12  China0213
13  New Zealand0123
14  Switzerland0101
15  Russia0022
16  Canada0011
  Hong Kong0011
Totals (19 nations)18181955

Road cyclingEdit

Track cyclingEdit


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Chris Hoy
  Great Britain
Maximilian Levy
Simon van Velthooven
  New Zealand
Teun Mulder
Lasse Norman Hansen
Bryan Coquard
Ed Clancy
  Great Britain
team pursuit
  Great Britain (GBR)
Ed Clancy
Geraint Thomas
Steven Burke
Peter Kennaugh
  Australia (AUS)
Jack Bobridge
Glenn O'Shea
Rohan Dennis
Michael Hepburn
  New Zealand (NZL)
Sam Bewley
Aaron Gate
Marc Ryan
Jesse Sergent
Westley Gough
Jason Kenny
  Great Britain
Grégory Baugé
Shane Perkins
team sprint
  Great Britain (GBR)
Philip Hindes
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
  France (FRA)
Grégory Baugé
Michaël D'Almeida
Kévin Sireau
  Germany (GER)
René Enders
Maximilian Levy
Robert Förstemann


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Victoria Pendleton
  Great Britain
Guo Shuang
Lee Wai Sze
  Hong Kong
Laura Trott
  Great Britain
Sarah Hammer
  United States
Annette Edmondson
team pursuit
  Great Britain (GBR)
Dani King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
  United States (USA)
Sarah Hammer
Dotsie Bausch
Jennie Reed
Lauren Tamayo
  Canada (CAN)
Tara Whitten
Gillian Carleton
Jasmin Glaesser
Anna Meares
Victoria Pendleton
  Great Britain
Guo Shuang
team sprint
  Germany (GER)
Kristina Vogel
Miriam Welte
  China (CHN)
Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
  Australia (AUS)
Kaarle McCulloch
Anna Meares

Mountain bikingEdit


Broken recordsEdit


  1. ^ "VeloPark". Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Hadleigh Farm, Essex". Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ "The Mall | Venues". London 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ "IOC approves new events for London 2012". IOC. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  5. ^ William Fotheringham. "London 2012 rule changes likely to restrict GB cyclists' medal haul | William Fotheringham | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ Cycling. "London 2012 Olympics: Sir Chris Hoy falls victim of controversial rule change". Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "2008 Summer Olympics Track Cycling Results - Beijing, China - ESPN". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ "London 2012 website on road cycling". Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  9. ^ "BBC Sport – Brands Hatch to host London 2012 Paralympic cycling". BBC News. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  10. ^ "BBC SPORT | Olympics | London 2012 | Essex venue to host 2012 biking". BBC News. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Olympics & Olympic sport | London 2012 | Mountain bike course 'too easy'". BBC News. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  12. ^ "UK | Wales | Coe dampens mountain bike hopes". BBC News. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  13. ^ Keith Bingham (15 August 2008). "Lord Coe selects Hadleigh in Essex as 2012 Olympic mtb venue | Olympics 2012". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.

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