The cycling competitions of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will feature 22 events.[1]

Cycling
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueOlympic BMX Course
Izu Mountain Bike Course
Izu Velodrome
Musashinonomori Park
Fuji International Speedway
Dates25 July – 9 August
No. of events22
Competitors528
← 2016
2024 →

Cycling competitions had been contested in every Summer Olympics programme since the first modern Olympiad in 1896 alongside athletics, artistic gymnastics, fencing and swimming.

Since the 1896 contests which featured five track events and an 87 km road race from Athens to Marathon and back, Olympic cycling had gradually evolved to include women's competitions, mountain bike and BMX to arrive at the current 22 events.

The 2020 competitions include four more events than 2016. BMX Freestyle events have been added for both men and women. In addition, since Madison event is available for Women from 2016, Madison returned to the programme since 2008.

VenuesEdit

Track cycling was planned for a temporary venue in Ariake. To save $100 million in construction costs, it was announced after months of negotiations that the venue for track cycling became the existing velodrome in Izu. The UCI resisted the move trackcycling 120 km outside Tokyo to Izu. The UCI feared it would detract from Olympic experience for both athletes and fans. Eventually the international cycling union agreed to change. The Japanese Cycling Federation and local authorities are committed to establish at Izu a multi-sport cycling center to create local cycling programs and develop the cycling sport.[2]

For road cycling the start and finish were originally planned at the Imperial Palace Garden. Later it was announced that the finishes would be at the Fuji International Speedway with the starts of the road races at the Musashinonomori Park.

Venue[3] Cluster Sport Date[4] Medal events Capacity
Fuji International Speedway Outside Tokyo Road cycling
(finish road races and time trial)
25 – 29 July 4
Izu Mountain Bike Course Outside Tokyo Mountain biking 27 – 28 July 2
Olympic BMX Course Tokyo Bay Zone BMX (freestyle and racing) 30 July – 2 August 4 5,000[2]
Musashinonomori Park Heritage Zone Road cycling
(start road races)
25 – 26 July 0
Izu Velodrome Outside Tokyo Track cycling 3 – 9 August 12 4,300[2]

QualificationEdit

Japan, as the host country, receives 1 guaranteed quota place per gender in the BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, and mountain bike events and 2 quota places per gender in the road race events (and no guaranteed places in road time trial or any track events). Most qualification is done through UCI ranking lists, with some spots allocated through world championship events or continental qualification events.

ParticipationEdit

Participating nationsEdit

CoursesEdit

Road racesEdit

The courses for the men's and women's road races were revealed in August 2018. The races will start in Musashinonomori Park in Chofu, western Tokyo with the finish at the Fuji Speedway circuit in the Shizuoka prefecture. The men's road race will be 234 kilometres long with a total elevation of 4865 m. The women's race will cover 137 km with a total elevation of 2692 metres.[5]

The first part of the men's and women's races is identical. The course will first pass through the mostly flat outskirts of Tokyo's metropolitan area. After 80 km there will be a long climb on Doushi Road with a total elevation of 1000 m. After reaching Lake Yamanakako in Yamanashi and crossing the Kagosaka Pass there will be a fast 15 km descent. From here the courses are different for men and women.

After the descent, the men's race will head towards the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, where they will go up a 14.3 km long climb with a 6.0% average incline. The riders will then head to the Fuji Speedway section, where they will cross the finish line twice before entering the last part of the race, which includes the Mikuni Pass peak at about 30 km to go. This climb is 6.8 km at a height of 1159 metres with an average incline of 10.2% including sections reaching 20%. After the climb, the race will return to Lake Yamanakako and the Kagosaka Pass before finishing on the Fuji Speedway circuit.

The women's race will not include the two tough climbs at Mount Fuji and Mikuni Pass. Instead, the race will remain on the Fuji Speedway circuit, where the women will ride 1.5 laps before the final crossing of the finish line.

Competition scheduleEdit

H Heats QF Quarter-Finals SF Semi-Finals F Finals
BMX, mountain biking and road cycling[6][7][8][9]
Event↓/Date → July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 Aug 1 Aug 2
BMX Freestyle
Men's freestyle H F
Women's freestyle H F
BMX Racing
Men's racing QF SF F
Women's racing QF SF 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[10]
Date → Aug 3 Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8 Aug 9
Men's Keirin H QF SF F
Men's Madison F
Men's Omnium SR TR ER PR
Men's team pursuit H SF F
Men's sprint H QF SF F
Men's team sprint H SF F
Women's Keirin H QF SF F
Women's Madison F
Women's Omnium SR TR ER PR
Women's team pursuit H SF F
Women's sprint H QF SF F
Women's team sprint H SF F

MedalistsEdit

Medal tableEdit

Road cyclingEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's road race
details
Men's time trial
details
Women's road race
details
Women's time trial
details

Track cyclingEdit

Men'sEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Keirin
details
Madison
details
Omnium
details
Team pursuit
details
Sprint
details
Team sprint
details

Women'sEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Keirin
details
Madison
details
Omnium
details
Team pursuit
details
Sprint
details
Team sprint
details

Mountain bikingEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
Women's
details

BMXEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's race
details
Men's freestyle
details
Women's race
details
Women's freestyle
details

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Cycling". Tokyo2020.org. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "IOC approves switch of cycling venues for Tokyo Olympics". Usatoday.com. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Olympic Venues|The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games". The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Olympic Competition Schedule|The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games". The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 unveil cycling road races courses for Olympic Games". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Cycling (BMX Freestyle)". Cycling (BMX Freestyle) Competition Schedule. IOC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Cycling (BMX Racing)". Cycling (BMX Racing) Competition Schedule. IOC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Cycling (Mountain Bike)". Cycling (Mountain Bike) Competition Schedule. IOC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Cycling (Road)". Cycling (Road) Competition Schedule. IOC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Cycling (Track)". Cycling (Track) Competition Schedule. IOC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.