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Tokyo Olympics 2021 cycling schedule: dates and times for road race, track, mountain and BMX

From the roads to the mountains to the track, and let’s not forget the BMX stars, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have a feast of cycling in store for us.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 cycling schedule: dates and times for road race, track, mountain and BMX
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The 2020 Olympic Games - delayed due to a global pandemic - are now with us. The opening ceremony, although restricted, gave an exuberant show of Japanese culture with a respectful nod to those who have perished due to covid-19, and introduced us to some of the sports men and women that will be competing for medals, records and personal pride over the coming days.

Within the thousands of athletes are a large group who chose to train tirelessly on two wheels, self-driven to reach the top of their own mountain, staying on track for as long as the road lasts. OK, ‘enough of the forced wordplay’, I hear you demand, ‘we want to know when the events are’. Fine, let’s move through the gears and find out when the various competitions begin rolling, with the first action late on Friday 23 July based on US Eastern Time.

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Olympic Games: Road Races (all times ET)

The 2020 Games brings us two individual road races - the Men’s event and the Women’s event, involving riders from 57 different nations and these will result in the awarding of some of the earliest medals. There will also be a time-trial race.

Both are one-day events with the same starting point and finishing line for both the Men’s and Women’s races although the routes will be slightly different and shorter in the case of the women. Both races will feature stunning scenery including a backdrop of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji which hopefully, should be fully visible at this time of year, weather permitting. Here we provide more detail on just what to expect.

Men's road race

10:00 pm Friday 23 July - 5:15 am Saturday 24 July

Women's road race

12:00 am - 4:35 am Sunday 25 July

Time trial (men and women)

10:30 pm Tuesday 27 July - 4:40 am Wednesday 28 July

Olympic Games: Mountain Bike (all times ET)

The mountain biking will be showcased on the Izu Mountain Bike Course, which measures just over four kilometres in length and each lap will see riders climb around 150 meters. A challenge in anyone’s book. Here's when you can catch the action.

Men's cross country

2:00 am - 4:00 am Monday 26 July

Women's cross country

2:00 am - 4:00 am Tuesday 27 July

Olympic Games: BMX Races (all times ET)

Hosted at the Tokyo Bay Zone, the BMX spectacle is likely to draw plenty of interest around the globe, whether from axle-bending enthusiasts or those with just an eye on the look-out for some fast-paced excitement. Jump on to these events - both racing and freestyle - on the following days.

BMX Racing qualifiers (men and women)

Wednesday 28 July | 9:00 pm

BMX Racing semi-finals & finals (men and women)

Thursday 29 July | 9:00 pm

BMX Freestyle heats (men and women)

Friday 30 July | 9:10 pm

BMX Freestyle finals (men and women)

Saturday 31 July | 9:10 pm

Olympic Games: Track Cycling Races

(all times ET; events in chronological order)

A full seven days of exciting track action is lined up in Tokyo which will be held at the Izu Velodrome with plenty of gold medals on the line, six each for men and women.

Day 1 | 2 August | 2:30 am - 5:30 am

Women's Team Sprint Qualifying

Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying

Women's Team Sprint First round

Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying

Women's Team Sprint Finals

Women's Team Sprint Victory Ceremony

Day 2 | 3 August | 2:30 am - 5:30 am

Women's Team Pursuit First round

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying

Men's Team Pursuit First round

Men's Team Sprint First round

Women's Team Pursuit Finals

Men's Team Sprint Finals

Women's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony

Men's Team Sprint Victory Ceremony

Day 3 | 4 August | 2:30 am - 6:00 am

Men's Sprint Qualifying

Women's Keirin First round

Men's Sprint 1/32 Finals

Women's Keirin Repechages

Men's Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages

Men's Team Pursuit Finals

Men's Sprint 1/16 Finals

Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony

Men's Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages

Day 4 | 5 August | 2:30 am - 5:30 am

Men's Omnium Scratch Race 1/4

Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals

Women's Keirin Quarterfinals

Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages

Men's Omnium Tempo Race 2/4

Men's Sprint Quarterfinals

Women's Keirin Semifinals

Men's Omnium Elimination Race 3/4

Women's Keirin Final 7-12

Women's Keirin Final 1-6

Men's Omnium Points Race 4/4

Men's Sprint Race for 5th-8th Places

Women's Keirin Victory Ceremony

Men's Omnium Victory Ceremony

Day 5 | 6 August | 2:30 am - 6:15 am

Women's Sprint Qualifying

Men's Sprint Semifinals

Women's Sprint 1/32 Finals

Women's Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages

Women's Madison Final

Men's Sprint Finals

Women's Sprint 1/16 Finals

Women's Madison Victory Ceremony

Women's Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages

Men's Sprint Victory Ceremony

Day 6 | 7 August | 2:30 am - 5:25 am

Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals

Men's Keirin First Round

Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages

Men's Keirin Repechages

Women's Sprint Quarterfinals

Men's Madison Final

Men's Madison Victory Ceremony

Day 7 | 7 August 9:00 pm - 8 August 12:15 am

Women's Omnium Scratch Race 1/4

Women's Sprint Semifinals

Men's Keirin Quarterfinals

Women's Omnium Tempo Race 2/4

Women's Sprint Race for 5th-8th Places

Men's Keirin Semifinals

Women's Sprint Finals

Women's Omnium Elimination Race 3/4

Men's Keirin Final 7-12

Men's Keirin Final 1-6

Men's Keirin Victory Ceremony

Women's Omnium Points Race 4/4

Women's Sprint Victory Ceremony

Women's Omnium Victory Ceremony