List of Track Cycling Events
Men Track Cycling
- Individual Pursuit 4Km
4km Pursuit. Winning time around 4 minutes. Race also won if the other rider is caught during the 4Km.
- Keirin Men
2Km race. Riders race behind motorised bike for 1.4km, before being released for last 600 meters sprint.
50Km race. Involves a team of two riders. Only one rider is involved in race at any one time. After a certain number of laps the riders switch by slinging the other rider into the race with their arms. The rider not involved retreats to the upper part of the track banking. Points can be gained for winning sprints every 20 laps. More points are on offer for being able to lap the field
- Olympic Sprint
Team of 3 riders race to finish 3 laps the quickest (or catch the opposite team)
- Points Race Men
40km race. Sprints take place every 10 laps, with the first four riders getting points (5,3,2,1) each time and at the overall finish. A rider is awarded 20 extra points if he laps the field, while riders losing a lap have 20 points deducted. If points are tied the winner of the final sprint is the victor.
- Sprint individual
In the sprint two riders start from the same point on the track and race for 3 laps. Usually the sprint doesn’t take place until last lap. In the first 2 laps there is often an attempt to get the best position. Sometimes the riders can come to an almost complete stop, waiting for others to make the first move. In the qualifying rounds, the sprint is done as a time trial. The latter rounds will be best of 3 races.
- Team Pursuit (4000m) Men
4 riders race together as a team making best use of slipstream. It requires careful technical ability as well as speed.
Female Track Events
- Individual pursuit Women
3Km individual pursuit.
- Points race Women
Race over 25km. Same rules as for men
- Sprint Women
Reade and Victoria Pendleton in Team Sprint 2008
Top GB Male Track Cyclists
Top GB Female Track Cyclists
From World Championships 2008 Photos by Richard Musheet
Track Cycling at Olympics.org.uk
Track Cycling Schedule at Beijing Olympics