Road Cycling at Tokyo 2020

Venues: Musashinonomori Park, Fuji International Speedway

Competition Dates: July 24-25, 28, 2021 (Days 1-2, 5)

Events: 4 (2 men, 2 women)

National Federation: Cycling Canada 

International Federation: Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

The current Olympic program includes a road race and an individual time trial for men and women. All are one-day events.

The road race is a mass start. The men’s event usually covers 250-280km (234km at Tokyo 2020) while the women’s event covers 120-140km (137km at Tokyo 2020) as cyclists compete to be the first to the finish line.

At Tokyo 2020, the men’s and women’s road races will begin in Musashinonomori Park within Tokyo city limits and finish at the Fuji International Speedway in the foothills of Mount Fuji. The men will encounter three major climbs, reaching a peak of 1451m, while the women will face one major climb with a peak of 1121m.

Photo: La Presse Canadienne

In the individual time trial, riders depart one at a time at set intervals and are timed against the clock to see who can be the fastest over the 40-50km (44.2km at Tokyo 2020) for men and the 20-30km (22.1km at Tokyo 2020) for women. The time trials at Tokyo 2020 will take place at the Fuji International Speedway.

Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Tokyo 2020)

Despite road cycling having been on the Olympic program since the first modern Games at Athens 1896, Canada’s first medal was not won until Los Angeles 1984 when Steve Bauer captured silver in the men’s road race, just getting beaten in the final sprint for gold. Clara Hughes added a pair of bronze medals at Atlanta 1996. By finishing third in both the road race and the individual time trial, she set herself up to become the first athlete to win multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympic Games when she would later compete in speed skating.