At present, the Individual Time-Trial and the Road-Race are the two codes of races conducted for both men and women during the Olympics. Road cycling was introduced during the first modern Olympic at 1896, when an individual road-race for a distance of 87km was conducted.
Road cycling was completely shelved after the first Olympics and did not make an appearance for the next three consecutive Olympics. However, it was re-introduced in 1912 with two different codes of races, an individual time-trial and a team time-trial. These two codes continued till 1924 after which the events were again changed.
The individual road-race was brought back in 1928 which continues to be a part of the Olympics to this date. After some experimenting with team road-race and team time-trial from 1928 to 1992, the IOC has currently settled with the individual time-trial race as the second code of race for road cycling.
The women's road-race introduced in 1984 and the time-trial race which was introduced in 1996, are the two codes of races currently conducted for women.
- The 1948 Olympic Games cycling road race was originally planned to be held at Richmond Park, however, it was discovered that any activity at more than 20 miles per hour was prohibited.
- Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain is the most accomplished athlete in road cycling who has won three gold medals, one for individual pursuit at 2004 Athens, and two gold medals for individual and team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Bradley Wiggins is the only cyclist to win both the Tour de France and Olympic Gold (time trial) in the same year, in 2012.
- More about Olympic Cycling Events
- There is more information about the sport of Cycling
- See more on the Greatest Cyclist at the Olympics.
- See also information about cycling at the Commonwealth Games.
- Tandem cycling event at the Olympics, and more discontinued Olympic cycling events.
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