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Cycling at the 2024 Olympics: Dates, venue, history, events and Team GB prospects

With the Paris games now looming ever nearer here is everything you need to know about Cycling at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

There will be over 500 competitors taking part in 22 different events and all events will be competed for by men and women.

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2024 Olympic Cycling Dates

When does Olympic Cycling take place in 2024?

Cycling at the Summer Olympics in Paris is scheduled to take place between Saturday 27th July and Sunday 11th August.

2024 Olympic Cycling Events

The format is identical to Tokyo 2020, but for the first time in Olympic history there will be an equal split between men and women competitors.

Track events

There are six events on the track to be contested by both men and women.

  • Sprint

  • Team sprint

  • Keirin

  • Team pursuit

  • Omnium

  • Madison

Road events

The women's road race is over 158km, the men's road race is over 273km. Both individual time trials are over a distance of 32.4km.

  • Road race

  • Time trial

BMX events

BMX freestyle sees competitors have to produce as many tricks as possible in 60 second runs. The BMX Racing track is a 400m descent from gates at the top of an eight-metre drop.

  • Freestyle

  • Racing

Mountain biking events

The cross-country mountain biking will take place over a 4.4km course with the number of laps determined before the start of each race.

  • Cross-country

2024 Olympic Cycling venues

The velodrome national, a purpose-built complex 24km south of Paris, will host the track cycling programme. The BMX stadium is alongside it.

The mountain bike events will take place at Elancourt Hill which is the highest point in urban Paris.

The BMX freestyle events will be held at the Place de la Concorde, one of the major public squares and tourist attractions in the heart of the city.

When was Cycling introduced into the Olympics?

Cycling has been contested at every Games since the first modern Olympics in Greece in 1896. At that Games there were six disciplines, a road race and five track events.

Mountain biking made its debut at Atalanta in 1996, BMX racing in 2008 and BMX freestyle at the last Games in Tokyo, held in 2021.

Team GB prospects

British cycling has been transformed over the past two decades with Team GB winning more medals than any other country at each of the last four Olympics.

It means Great Britain will go to Paris with high hopes of at least emulating their Tokyo haul of 12 medals.

Katie Archibald is set to inherit the crown worn by the now retired Laura Kenny as the double Olympic champion aims for a treble in the team pursuit, omnium and madison. The women's team sprint squad are also strongly fancied.

World sprint champion Emma Finucane will expect to not only be on the podium but wearing gold round her neck.

Away from the track Beth Shriever surprised everyone, including herself, by winning BMX racing gold in Tokyo and is a hot fancy to retain her crown.

Kieran Reilly is world champion in the men's BMX freestyle and Tom Pidcock seems to be a class above his rivals in the men's mountain biking.

Most recent British Golds

Team GB won six golds at Tokyo three years ago.

On the track there were wins for Jason Kenny in the keirin and Matthew Walls in the omnium, while Kenny's wife Laura teamed up with Katie Archibald to win the madison.

Tom Pidcock won the men's mountain biking, while there was double delight in BMX with golds for Beth Shriever (racing) and Charlotte Worthington (freestyle).

Total GB Medal Tally

Great Britain has won the most medals of any nation in the history of the Olympics with 79, 12 more than next best France.

Team GB has also won most golds (33), silvers (20) and bronze (26).

2024 Olympic Cycling favourites

Who are the favourites to win Cycling golds in Paris 2024?

Julian Alaphilippe has declared he is focusing his attention this year on getting ready for the Olympics, where the 31-year-old Frenchman would be a popular winner.

Wout van Aert of Belgium and Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands represent the most obvious challengers.

Besides the abundant British hopefuls, Holland's Harrie Lavreyesen is a two-time Olympic gold medallist who dominated the sprint at last year's worlds and this year's European Championship.

Five-time world BMX freestyle champion Hannah Roberts had to settle for silver behind Charlotte Worthington in Tokyo, but the American is strongly fancied to make amends in Paris.

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