The Olympic road race and time trial events are in the books, and Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan took the gold medal, completely wrecking my predictions for the race and disappointing hometown fans, who hoped for a Mark Cavendish victory. But Brit Bradley Wiggin who just won the 2012 Tour de France made up for it though, with a gold medal in the time trial event. Now it's on to track cycling, BMX and the mountain bike events.
Track cycling events start today and run through next Tuesday, August 8th. For those unfamiliar with track cycling, the sport may seem odd, and somewhat difficult to understand. But ultimately it comes down to the basic premise of bike racing anywhere: be the fastest rider around the track. And oh yeah, there are no brakes!
Olympic BMX is fast, furious and intense. Unlike most Olympic TV coverage. BMX -- short for Bicycle Motocross -- is still a very new Olympic event, making its debut at the 2008 Olympics games in Beijing. On courses packed with dirt jumps and sharp turns, races are run in less than a minute. You can see Olympic BMX next Weds-Fri, August 8-10.
Olympic mountain biking is one of the youngest Olympic sports. Relatively speaking, the sport itself hasn't really been around that long either, but its popularity and physical endurance requirements make it a perfect Olympic sport.
- Guide to Olympic Cycling Events
- Olympic Cycling Schedule by Date
- Olympic Schedule by Discipline (road, mountain, track, BMX)