Kit, temperatures, and practice - How records fell on the opening day of Tokyo 2020 Olympics track cycling

With team pursuit world records falling in the first session, we asked Aerocoach expert Xavier Disley why

Lisa Brennauer celebrating a world record
(Image credit: GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics track events got underway, we saw some absolutely rapid times set in the team pursuit, as riders stepped up for the initial qualifying round.

Despite it being very early in the competition, Monday (August 2) saw riders crushing their previous fastest times, as the German women set a new world record, with Team GB and the USA also going faster than the previous record.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.