The road cycling races can be one of the highlights of the Olympic Games, and that’ll be no different at the Rio Olympics this summer.
Road cycling was introduced to the Olympics as part of the original program, back when the first modern Games was held in Athens in 1896. It hasn’t been in every Olympics since then, but it has featured heavily.
The two modern disciplines competed in road cycling at the Olympics Games are the individual road race and the individual time trial. While the team road race and team time trial featured often in the past, neither have been part of the program since 1992.
At London 2012, Kazakhstan competitor Alexander Vinokourov won the gold in the road race, with Sir Bradley Wiggins winning the time trial. In the women’s category, Marianne Vos took home the gold for Netherlands ahead of Lizzie Armitstead in the road race, while America’s Kristin Armstrong took the top spot in the time trial for the second consecutive Games.
Let’s take a look through some of the basics for road cycling at the Olympics – so you can be a 30 second expert before you sit down to support Team GB this year.