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Road cycling rules, race format to know for the 2024 Olympics – NBC Los Angeles

Road cycling rules, race format to know for the 2024 Olympics – NBC Los Angeles

Cycling at the Olympic Games consists of two separate events: the individual time trial and the road race.

Read on to learn more about how both competitions will work at the Paris Games.

Time trial

How many athletes will participate in the time trial at the 2024 Olympic Games?

The men’s and women’s individual time trials each have 35 riders in the field. Each country is limited to a maximum of two athletes in each event.

It is the first time in Olympic history that the number of participants for men and women is equal.

Will men and women compete on the same time trial course at the 2024 Olympics?

Yes, for the first time in Olympic history, the men’s and women’s time trials in Paris will take place on exactly the same course.

How long is the Olympic time trial course and how long does it take for the riders to finish?

The time trial course for the Paris Games has a total length of 32.4 kilometers (approximately 20 miles) and is largely flat. The starting point is at Esplanade des Invalides and the route takes riders to the Bois de Vincennes and then back to the finish line on the Pont Alexandre III bridge.

It is estimated that most riders will complete the route in 35-40 minutes. In total, each match is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

How does the time trial part work at the Olympic Games?

Each rider completes the course independently, with athletes starting their rides at 90-second intervals. The cyclist who completes the course in the fastest time is declared the winner.

If one rider catches another rider on the course, they are not allowed to cooperate in any way. Drafting (riding in the slipstream behind another rider) is not allowed, and the approaching rider must maintain a lateral gap of 2 meters between them.

Street race

How many athletes will compete in the road race at the 2024 Olympic Games?

The men’s and women’s road races each have 90 riders. Each country is limited to a maximum of four athletes per event.

This will be the first time in Olympic history that the men’s and women’s events will have the same number of competitors.

Will men and women compete on the same course at the 2024 Olympics?

No. Unlike the time trial, the road race in Paris has different routes for men and women.

How long is the Olympic road race course and how long does it take for the riders to finish?

The men’s road race course is a total of 273 kilometers long, while the women’s course is a total of 158 kilometers long.

The Trocadero will serve as the start and finish point for both races. Both routes, which feature a variety of landscapes including forested areas and urban segments, will take riders outside of Paris and back into the city. Both routes also include three cobblestone climbs of Butte Montmartre at the end of the race.

The winner of the men’s race is expected to finish somewhere over six hours, while the winner of the women’s race will finish just over four hours.

How does the road race at the Olympic Games work?

The road race has a mass start – all 90 riders leave the starting line at the same time – and the first athlete to cross the finish line is the winner.

Unlike the time trial, athletes are allowed to work together if they wish.

Road cycling program for the 2024 Olympic Games

Cycling events take place over three days.

The men’s and women’s time trials will be held on July 27, the men’s road race on August 3 and the women’s road race on August 4.

Other Olympic cycling disciplines

Learn the rules and competition formats for other cycling disciplines at the Paris Olympics.