What is the format and what are the rules for the Olympic road cycling race?
There are two different disciplines for road cycling at the Olympics Games; the road race and the time trial. Each of those disciplines are competed in both the men’s and women’s category.
Before you watch any of the athletes go for gold in the road cycling in Rio, you’re going to want to know the rules and the format of the road race and the time trial. Let’s have a look.
Rio Road Cycling 2016 | What are the Rules of the Olympic Road Race?
The format for the Olympic road cycling race is a simple one; all competitors set off from a designated start point at the same time in a mass start, and the first one to complete the course and cross the finish line takes home the gold medal.
The maximum distance allowed for any one-day road race under the UCI’s rules and regulations is between 250-280km for men and 120-140km for women. In Rio, the men’s course will come in at 256.4km long for the men and 130.3km long for the women.
Chris Froome and Lizzie Armitstead will be hoping to bring home the golds in this category come race day!