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Road Cycling Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Road Cycling at Olympics: Road cycling is the most popular discipline among those included in the cycling event. In the road cycling race is held on the paved surfaces. The sport event became popular in the later half of the nineteenth century. Men have been participating in the event since the early days of the sport. However, women started contesting in the event second half of the twentieth century. Road cycling is popular all over the world, but the sport is extremely famous in the European countries. The Union Cyclist Internationale or the UCI is the governing body of the event at the international level.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 70
  • Number of Athletes : 208
  • Total Events : 4

Rio 2016 Olympics Road Cycling Schedule

Start TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 20169:3016:10Road CyclingMMen's Road Race FinalYesFort CopacabanaCopacabana
Aug 7, 201612:3016:10Road CyclingFWomen's Road Race FinalYesFort CopacabanaCopacabana
Aug 10, 20169:3016:25Road CyclingM/FMen's and Women's Individual Time TrialYesPontalBarra

Road cycling in the Summer Games: Men's road cycling event was included in the very first modern Olympics at the 1896 Athens Games. All most a century later women started contesting in the road race event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The time trial event fro women was introduced to the Olympics much later in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. At present, men and women both contest in the individual road race and individual time trial events.

Categories of Road Cycling: Road cycling can be divided into two categories on the basis of the length of the race. These categories are-

  • Single-day races
  • Multi-stage races

According to the race types, the road cycling event can be divided into various categories.

The major categories are-

  • Open road race
  • Criterium
  • Individual time trial
  • Team time trial
  • Stage

Rules of Road Cycling: The Union Cyclist Internationale or the UCI has set rules for the road cycling event. Some of the rules followed at the international road cycling competitions are-

  • The number of participants in a race cannot exceed 200.
  • The distance of the cycling course for each category of the event is specified by the UCI.
  • The course has to be appropriately marked for the convenience of the participants.
  • In the uphill course, every kilometer should be properly marked during the race.
  • The starting order of the cyclists during the race should be determined by the UCI. Generally, the riders start at regular time intervals.
  • A certain gap must be maintained between two riders.
  • Helping one another during the race is prohibited.
  • In the team events, riders of the same team can exchange food, drinks and small equipments.
  • During the cycling races, cyclists should bear two numbers on their bodies. Only in the case of time trial, one number has to be bore.
  • A rider dropping out of the race before reaching the finishing line is not allowed to cross the finishing line.

Medal winners in Road Cycling: Paolo Bettini, Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho, Axel Merckx, Tyler Hamilton, Jan Ullrich, Pascal Richard, Fabio Casartelli, Alexander Vinokourov, Rolf Sorensen, Andreas Kloden, Viatcheslav Vladimirovich Ekimov and Miguel Indurain are some of the leading cyclists in the field of road cycling at the international level.

Sara Carrigan, Judith Arndt, Olga Slyusareva, Leontien van Moorsel, Jeannie Longo, Kathy Watt, Hanka Kupfernagel, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Zulfiya Zabirova, Dede Barry, Mari Holden and Clara Hughes are some of the leading female cyclists at the international level.

Road Cycling Top Men Medalists

Men Medals
DenmarkHenry Hansen2103
SwedenRagnar Malm1113
SwedenGosta Petterson0123

Road Cycling Top Women Medalists

FranceJeannie Longo-Ciprelli1214
NetherlandsLeontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel3003
USAKristin Armstrong2002

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Last updated on: August 03, 2016