Looking for the history of road cycling in the Olympic Games? Well look no further. We’ve got everything you need to know about the history of road cycling at the Olympics broken down into an easily digestible article below.
What you should know first is that road cycling is one of the longest running games on the Olympic programme. In fact, alongside the likes of fencing and athletics, it’s one of the few sports that has been part of the Olympics since the very beginning, back in 1896.
Road Cycling in the Olympics: Men’s Road Race
Road cycling has been involved in 24 editions of the Games, only missing out in the very early days, in the Paris 1900, St. Louis 1904 and London Olympics 1908.
The men’s road race is the longest running event in the Games, being first introduced in that 1896 Athens edition, before taking a 32 year hiatus and returning to the program in 1928. It has been part of every single Olympic program since then, meaning it has now run for 23 editions in a row.
The men’s team road race was also once included on the Olympic program, and was competed six times from 1928 to 1956.