Cycling at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Cycling (BMX), Rio 2016.pngCycling (Mountain), Rio 2016.pngCycling (Road), Rio 2016.pngCycling (Sprint), Rio 2016.png
Pictograms from left to right: BMX, Mountain, Road and Track cycling.
VenueOlympic BMX Center (BMX)
Mountain Bike Centre (Mountain)
Fort Copacabana, Pontal (Road)
Rio Olympic Velodrome (Track)
Dates6–21 August 2016
No. of events18
Competitors from 80 nations
← 2012
2020 →

The cycling competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were held at four venues scheduled to host Eighteen events between 6 August and 21 August.

The venues were Fort Copacabana in the Copacabana venues were in Clusters for the start and finish of the road cycling road race,[1] Pontal in the Barra Cluster for the road cycling time trial competitions, the Rio Olympic Velodrome, also in the Barra Cluster for track cycling,[2] the Olympic BMX Center for BMX and the Mountain Bike Centre for mountain biking, both in the Deodoro Cluster.[3]

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 eighteen events.

In February 2013, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced its intention to petition the IOC to extend the cycling programme by three events for both men and women: the return of the points races (track event), a BMX freestyle event and a mountain bike eliminator but in August 2013 the IOC stated that the cycling programme will be the same as in 2012.[4] No changes were made to the 2016 Olympic cycling programme compared to the cycling at the 2012 Olympics.[5]


Venue Cluster Sport Date Medal events Capacity
Fort Copacabana Copacabana Cluster Road cycling
(road race)
6–7 August 2 5000 (seating)
Unlimited (standing)[N 1]
Mountain Bike Centre Deodoro Cluster Mountain biking 20–21 August 2 5000 (seating)
20000 (standing)
Olympic BMX Center Deodoro Cluster BMX 17–19 August 2 5000
Pontal Barra Cluster Road cycling
(time trial)
10 August 2 5000 (seating)
Unlimited (standing)[N 1]
Rio Olympic Velodrome Barra Cluster Track cycling 11–16 August 10 7500
  1. ^ a b There will be free viewing areas alongside the route.



Participating nations[edit]

Brazil, as the host country, receives guaranteed quota place in case it would not qualify any qualification places.

Competition schedule[edit]

H Heats/preliminaries ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
BMX, mountain biking and road cycling[6]
Event↓/Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Wed 10 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21
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[6]
Date → Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16
Event ↓ E E M E E M E M E
Men's Keirin H ½ F
Men's Omnium SR IP ER TT FL PR
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 ½ F
Women's Omnium SR IP ER TT FL PR
Women's sprint H ¼ ½ F
Women's team pursuit H ½ F
Women's team sprint H ½ F
M = Morning session, E = Evening session
FL = Flying lap, PR = Points pace, ER = Elimination race, IP = Individual pursuit, SR = Scratch race, TT = Time trial


Medal table[edit]

1 Great Britain64212
2 Netherlands2316
3 United States2305
4 Switzerland2002
5 Sweden1102
6 Belgium1012
10 China1001
11 Russia0213
12 Denmark0123
13 Australia0112
15 Czech Republic0101
 New Zealand0101
17 Canada0022
18 France0011
Totals (21 nations)18181854

Road cycling[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's road race
Greg Van Avermaet
Jakob Fuglsang
Rafał Majka
Men's time trial
Fabian Cancellara
Tom Dumoulin
Chris Froome
 Great Britain
Women's road race
Anna van der Breggen
Emma Johansson
Elisa Longo Borghini
Women's time trial
Kristin Armstrong
 United States
Olga Zabelinskaya
Anna van der Breggen

Track cycling[edit]


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Jason Kenny
 Great Britain
Matthijs Buchli
Azizulhasni Awang
Elia Viviani
Mark Cavendish
 Great Britain
Lasse Norman Hansen
team pursuit
 Great Britain (GBR) WR
Ed Clancy
Steven Burke
Owain Doull
Bradley Wiggins
 Australia (AUS)
Alexander Edmondson
Jack Bobridge
Michael Hepburn
Sam Welsford
Callum Scotson
 Denmark (DEN)
Lasse Norman Hansen
Niklas Larsen
Frederik Madsen
Casper von Folsach
Rasmus Quaade
Jason Kenny
 Great Britain
Callum Skinner
 Great Britain
Denis Dmitriev
team sprint
 Great Britain (GBR) OR
Philip Hindes
Jason Kenny
Callum Skinner
 New Zealand (NZL)
Eddie Dawkins
Ethan Mitchell
Sam Webster
 France (FRA)
Grégory Baugé
Michaël D'Almeida
François Pervis


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Elis Ligtlee
Becky James
 Great Britain
Anna Meares
Laura Trott
 Great Britain
Sarah Hammer
 United States
Jolien D'Hoore
team pursuit
 Great Britain (GBR) WR
Katie Archibald
Laura Trott
Elinor Barker
Joanna Rowsell Shand
 United States (USA)
Sarah Hammer
Kelly Catlin
Chloe Dygert
Jennifer Valente
 Canada (CAN)
Allison Beveridge
Jasmin Glaesser
Kirsti Lay
Georgia Simmerling
Laura Brown
Kristina Vogel
Becky James
 Great Britain
Katy Marchant
 Great Britain
team sprint
 China (CHN)
Gong Jinjie
Zhong Tianshi
 Russia (RUS)
Daria Shmeleva
Anastasia Voynova
 Germany (GER)
Miriam Welte
Kristina Vogel

Mountain biking[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Nino Schurter
Jaroslav Kulhavý
 Czech Republic
Carlos Coloma Nicolás
Jenny Rissveds
Maja Włoszczowska
Catharine Pendrel


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Connor Fields
 United States
Jelle van Gorkom
Carlos Ramírez
Mariana Pajón
Alise Post
 United States
Stefany Hernández

Broken records[edit]

At least one record in track cycling was set, the women's team pursuit Olympic record. After the 2012–13 track cycling season the UCI changed the women's 3000 metre team pursuit discipline for 3 riders into a format of 4000 metre with 4 riders.

Cycling track[edit]

Event Round Name Nation Time Date Record
Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying Great Britain  Great Britain 4:13.260 11 August OR, WR
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying Great Britain  Great Britain 42.562 11 August OR
Men's Team Sprint First Round New Zealand  New Zealand 42.535 11 August OR
Men's Team Sprint Finals Great Britain  Great Britain 42.440 11 August OR
Men's Sprint Qualifying Jason Kenny  Great Britain 9.551 12 August OR
Women's Team Sprint Qualifying China  China 32.305 12 August OR
Women's Team Sprint First Round China  China 31.928 12 August OR, WR
Men's Team Pursuit First Round Great Britain  Great Britain 3:50.570 12 August OR, WR
Men's Team Pursuit Finals Great Britain  Great Britain 3:50.265 12 August OR, WR
Women's Team Pursuit 1st Round United States  United States 4:12.282 13 August OR, WR
Women's Team Pursuit 1st Round Great Britain  Great Britain 4:12.152 13 August OR, WR
Women's Team Pursuit Finals Great Britain  Great Britain 4:10.236 13 August OR, WR
Omnium Individual Pursuit Finals Lasse Norman Hansen  Denmark 4:14.982 13 August OR

In addition to the event records, Great Britain's Jason Kenny matched compatriate Chris Hoy as the most successful male cyclist in Olympic history, with six gold medals and a silver over three Games.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rio Olympic Games Facilities: Copacabana Region". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Rio Olympic Games Facilities: Barra Region". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Rio Olympic Games Facilities: Deodoro Region". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Olympic cycling to remain unchanged for 2016 Rio Games". 21 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Wielersport – Rio 2016" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Rio 2016: Ticket Guide – Search for Sessions". Rio 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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