All the cycling events we will see at the Tokyo Olympics
Once the Tour de France has been decided, once it seems definitive the celebration of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021, it is time to review all the cycling events that we will be able to see in these absolutely atypical Games but for which there are high expectations.
2021 Tokyo Olympics: the atypical Games
One year later, they will finally be held and although we are still awaiting certain confirmations in terms of protocols (including sanitary ones), the cycling teams are official. The national teams have been published over the last month and it seems clear that the spectacle is assured and it seems that the coronavirus will not be able to stop them. Even so, the aggravation of the pandemic situation has meant that many aspects are still being restricted, but the cycling events are official.
Today we review the entire cycling calendar for Tokyo 2021. Check out the cycling events at the next Olympic Games today.
Schedule with all the cycling events of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics
Get your diary ready because the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games have added a few more disciplines to the two-wheelers. In addition to mountain biking and road cycling this year, disciplines such as BMX have also been considered, both in pure racing and freestyle. So it's easier to get lost, so take note. From the baptism of fire on the 24th of July to the closing on the 8th of August (opening and closing dates for the cycling events, not for the Olympic Games themselves, remember), we will see all of this.
The asphalt will host the men's and women's races starting on the 24th of July. The first race will be the men's race, followed by the women's race a day later. Given the time difference, the races will be early risers in Europe: the men's race starts at 3am UK time and is expected to finish around 10am. The women's race starts at 5am and finishes around 09:30am.
Respectively, we are talking about 234 and 137 kilometres on a route that runs through the centre of Tokyo and finishes at the foot of Mount Fuji itself. A profile that is very suitable for classic cycle race specialists, as the profile invites a high pace that is unbalanced in the mountainous section based on attacks and good legs.
Therefore, profiles like Alaphilippe or Roglic could benefit, although it is true that the former is quite exhausted from the Tour de France 2021 and the latter from abandoning the same race after not finding the right conditions and after a hard fall. The Spanish asset is Valverde, who doesn't seem to be at his best at the moment, but who always competes. In the women's race, two names stand out: Vos and Van der Breggen, everything else would be a surprise.
It is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited races. Cyclists such as Van der Poel abandoned the Tour to focus on this race, and the competitiveness and the level of mountain biking in recent years encourages not to miss it for anything in the world.
On the 26th of July for the men's race, on the 27th for the women's, the Izu circuit will host both races, a circuit that the riders saw more than a year ago. Schurter, Flückiger, Van der Poel, Sarrou, Pidcock. The line-up is complete. Also the women: Rissveds defending a medal against Ferrand-Prévot, Loana Lecomte, Kate Courtney or Haley Batten.
Both events start at 7am UK time and will last for a couple of hours, so take note.
At the same finish as the road race, at the Fuji International Speedway, this time trial will kick off after the road races. On the 28th for men and on the 29th for women, a course of just over 44 kilometres, very hilly and not at all typical of a time trial, so the strongest profiles on the false flat have a chance.
On Wednesday 28th, during the early hours of the morning and until 10am, the men's race. On the 29th, same time, the women's race.
BMX, racing and freestyle. The Ariake Urban Sports Park circuit hosts it all, and we say all because there are numerous events. From the 29th the qualifying rounds start, from the quarter finals to the final, which takes place on the 30th in terms of racing.
The freestyle event has men's and women's semi-finals on the 31st and finals on the 1st August.
The track is undoubtedly the one with the most events. They start on the 2nd of August and there are qualifying rounds. But so as not to confuse you, we highlight the seven fundamental ones, which are successive.
All in August. On day 2, women's team sprint; on day 3, men's team sprint and women's team pursuit; on day 4, men's team pursuit; on day 5, men's Omnium and women's Keirin; on day 6, men's sprint and women's Madison; on day 7, men's Madison; and on day 8, a closing with three races: men's Keirin, women's sprint and women's Omnium.
In between all of them, there will be qualifying and preliminary rounds, so there will be plenty of track to follow. And this is all the cycling we will be able to follow at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.