Cycling at the Olympics – an overview

Since its debut in the 1896 Athens Olympics, cycling is one of only five sports (alongside athletics, fencing, gymnastics and swimming) which has featured in every Games.

Cycling disciplines

There are actually four separate disciplines to Olympic cycling – BMX, mountain bike, road and track, requiring different skills and strategy but all providing compelling viewing. BMX debuted in the 2008 Beijing Games and mountain bike racing in Atlanta in 1996, whereas road and track racing were both present at in Athens in 1896, the first modern games. We’ll be publishing separate guides to each discipline over the next few weeks.


  • Wednesday 8th – Friday 10 th August – Men’s BMX
  • Wednesday 8th & Friday 10 th August – Women’s BMX

Mountain Biking

  • Saturday 11th August – Women’s Mountain Bike
  • Sunday 12th August – Men’s Mountain Bike

Road Cycling

  • Saturday 28th July – Men’s Road Race
  • Sunday 29th July – Women’s Road Race
  • Wednesday 1st August – Men’s & Women’s Individual Time Trial


  • Thursday 2nd August – Men’s Team Sprint, Men’s Pursuit and  Women’s Team Sprint
  • Friday 3rd August – Women’s Keirin and Women’s Team Pursuit
  • Saturday 4th August – Men’s Sprint and Men’s Omnium
  • Sunday 5th August – Women’s Sprint
  • Monday 6th August – Women’s Omnium
  • Tuesday 7th August – Men’s Keirin

Cycling Medals

Top of the leaderboard is France, with a total of 86 medals. Great Britain are a respectable second with 63, made up of 21 of each colour. Britain went for 72 years from 1920 without winning any gold medals at all, the victories steadily increased  following Chris Boardman’s pursuit gold in 1992. Britain’s greatest year to date was the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where Team GB cyclists won an amazing eight gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals, with the cycling medals accounting for a third of the 47 total Olympic medals won by Britain that year. The most successful Britons at the Olympics to date are Chris Hoy with 4 gold and 1 silver, and Bradley Wiggins with 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.


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