Cycling events at #Rio2016

Posted on 26/07/2016

velodromeContinuing this fantastic summer of sport, next up on centre stage is the Rio 2016 Olympics! With the opening ceremony just around the corner you’ll want to make sure you can spout as many fun facts about Rio 2016 as possible to your unwitting family and friends over the following two weeks. With 306 events in 28 sports it’s set to be as big and as impressive as ever – and here at ViewRanger we’re especially big fans of the cycling events. So with 5 cycling events this year encompassing 4 varieties of cycling, we’ve rounded up our favourite facts to inspire you to get out on your bike this summer.

Cycling Track
Where: Rio Olympic Velodrome
Olympic Debut: 1896
This risky and adrenaline-filled race involves high-speed bikes which reach up to 75mph – all with no brakes! Contenders will travel around the 250-metre track in a time trial for the fastest time. Look out for the 3 individual events and 2 team events for this white-knuckle sport – including Team GB’s very own Bradley Wiggins!

Cycling Road
Where: Fort Copacabana, Pontal
Olympic debut: 1896
This road race is set among some of Rio’s most beautiful scenery, including the famous Copacabana Beach. The race is a tough one, with hilly and cobble stages along the coast. There are 2 events: a men’s 256.5km race and a women’s 130.3km race, with Henry Hanson from Denmark and Jeannie Longo- Ciprelli from France currently tipped as favourites for taking the gold.

Cycling Time Trial
Where: Fort Copacabana, Pontal
Olympic Debut: 1896
This race is against the clock! Another road race around Rio, this trial passes through Copacabana and Ipanema and includes a challenging hill climb for the riders. Women will cover 29.8 km and men will cover 59.6km in each event – how will they fare against the current record of 37:34:82 set by Kristen Armstrong in London 2012? 

Cycling Mountain Bike
Where: Mountain Bike Centre
Olympic Debut: 1996
The all-star of all mountain biking routes. This Olympic track is an off-road course with fast decents, very steep climbs and natural hurdles in the greenery of Rio. This event is all about speed and control and involves a high level of skill in both the men’s and women’s races. Team CZE’s, Jaroslav Kulhavy is one to watch in this event, taking gold in London 2012 Olympics.  

Cycling BMX
Where: Olympic BMX Centre
Olympic Debut: 2008
With high jumps and extreme racing, this newcomer to the Olympic cycling world is full of excitement. The track involves 8 cyclists taking to an intense obstacle course for a dash to the finish line. With such drama comes a chance of collisions so it really is action packed! There are men’s and women’s races for this event – including Team GB favourites Shanaze Reade and Liam Philips. 

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