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Cycling Road

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A test of endurance and a race against the clock. Be it the road race or time trial, road cycling events will be contested against the background of Rio’s stunning scenery. The sport has been in the Olympic Games since Athens 1896.
Spectator's Guide - Cycling Road
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Cycling Road

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Aim of the game

Cyclists must complete a set road course in the fastest time

Why should you watch this?

The road cycling courses will bring together both the natural beauty of Rio and its tough and challenging roads, essential ingredients for events rich in scenery and drama

International Federation

UCI

Olympic debut

Athens 1896

Rules
  • Echelon

    Echelon

    When riders align themselves diagonally behind each other to reduce the impact of a crosswind

  • Peloton

    Peloton

    The main group of riders in a race; they can significantly reduce wind resistance by riding in each other's slipstreams

  • Breakaway

    Breakaway

    When one or more riders leave the peloton to lead the race

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  • Bikes first appeared in the middle of the 18th century and cycling became popular as an alternative form of transport

    Bikes first appeared in the middle of the 18th century and cycling became popular as an alternative form of transport

  • The first cycling competition – the Paris–Rouen road race in northern France – was held in 1869

    The first cycling competition – the Paris–Rouen road race in northern France – was held in 1869

  • On road cycling's Olympic debut at Athens 1896, riders raced 87km between Athens and Marathon, along the same route as the marathon running event

    On road cycling's Olympic debut at Athens 1896, riders raced 87km between Athens and Marathon, along the same route as the marathon running event

  • At 320km, the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games road cycling race was the longest ever, lasting more than 10 hours

    At 320km, the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games road cycling race was the longest ever, lasting more than 10 hours

  • Brazil first competed in Olympic road cycling at Berlin 1936, represented in the 10 km race by Ferrer Dertonio, Hermógenes Netto and Ricardo Magnani

    Brazil first competed in Olympic road cycling at Berlin 1936, represented in the 10 km race by Ferrer Dertonio, Hermógenes Netto and Ricardo Magnani

  • Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel of the Netherlands won the women's road race and time trial at Sydney 2000, as well as gold and silver medals on the track

    Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel of the Netherlands won the women's road race and time trial at Sydney 2000, as well as gold and silver medals on the track

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins won six Olympic track cycling medals before winning the time trial gold at London 2012, the same year he became the first British to win the Tour de France

    Sir Bradley Wiggins won six Olympic track cycling medals before winning the time trial gold at London 2012, the same year he became the first British to win the Tour de France

  • Each team uses strategies to help its leader, such as shielding them from the wind, pursuing a breakaway rider or forming their own breakaway to challenge opponents

    Each team uses strategies to help its leader, such as shielding them from the wind, pursuing a breakaway rider or forming their own breakaway to challenge opponents

  • Team leaders are chosen for their qualities: "climbers" lead races in climbs, while "sprinters" are chosen for races on flat courses

    Team leaders are chosen for their qualities: "climbers" lead races in climbs, while "sprinters" are chosen for races on flat courses

Road race

All the riders start together and must complete a course of 241.5km for the men or 141km for the women, with the first rider to cross the finish line winning the gold medal.

Time trial

In a race against the clock, riders leave the start ramp individually, at intervals of 90 seconds, and complete a course of 54.5km for the men and 29.8km for the women, with the rider who records the fastest time winning the gold medal.

Bikes

In the road race, bikes must be lightweight, strong and comfortable, as riders spend many hours in the saddle. In the time trial, the aerodynamics of the riders' position on the bike is the most important element.

Kit

Lightweight and well-ventilated, the cycling kit must be made of material that absorbs sweat and allows the skin to 'breathe'. Lycra shorts aid circulation and prevent friction with the seat. Pedal clips hold the feet in place, providing greater stability and control.

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Woman 32
Men 68
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Under 15 0
16 - 20 1
21 - 25 23
26 - 30 43
31 - 40 31
Over 40 0
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