When the Olympic Games are mention there are often comments made about the selection of cycling events on offer.
So we thought we'd ask Cycling Weekly readers which of the cycling disciplines they would like to see removed, and which would they like to see introduced.
Here we present a selection of answers, in association with B'Twin.
Which Olympic cycling event do you think should be scrapped, and which do you think should be added? Tell us in the comments section below.
Get rid of the team sprint, and replace with any form of individual event. Team events are a soft medal option for the richest nations.
The MAMILs-bigger-than-eight-stone time trial sponsored by Chris Hoy. Like boxing, there would be weight categories going up to heavyweight (to be defined) but with the rule that Lycra (ideally skinsuits) must be worn.
The individual time trial is the purest form of cycling. No team tactics, just an athlete against the clock. That stays. If one had to be removed it would, for me, be the BMX, simply because for many the X-Games is a far bigger prize. I’d be happy with keeping summer events the same but cyclo-cross needs to be in the Winter Olympics. Oh and put Iron-distance triathlon in and take the ITU-style rubbish out.
Downhill mountain biking should be in there. I’d remove the men’s and women’s team pursuit. In my opinion, team sports shouldn’t be in the Olympics.
Get cyclo-cross in the Winter Olympics. Get the kilo in there as well. They don’t need to remove any cycling events, let’s get rid of speed walking (it’s not a sport). Shooting and anything that has a bigger showcase outside of the Olympics (tennis, football etc) can also go.
In: Bicycle polo. Out: Any disciplines that require obscenely expensive bicycles and gear. Let’s bring cycling back to the masses, brothers and sisters!
Lose the BMX, either to another competition or to Winter Games (hmm, BMX on snow!) and replace with a 100-mile individual time trial. None of this poncing about over 35km, proper man-and-machine against the clock for a decent distance. They are all decent athletes too so chuck in a few hills — a SpoCo ton, if you like!
Individual pursuit back in, as it’s the blue riband event of track cycling! Get rid of the omnium. It was madness removing the IP and kilo events.
Longest wheelie, BMX racing with a mate on your stunt pegs, mate on the handlebars race, maybe get Red Bull to design some courses.
Snow riding on cross-country ski-type course. Long distance to test endurance and combined uphill, downhill skills.
Time trial out. It’s like watching paint dry. Bring in four-cross. Anything but time trial!
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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