Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games cycling schedule: when to watch the racing

Schedule for every single cycling event at the Olympics

Men's Keirin at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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They may be a year late, but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are going to kick off very soon on July 23 before finishing on August 8, 2021.

Cycling takes place almost all the way through from start to finish with road cycling one of the opening events of the Games.

The day after the opening ceremony it's the men's road race on Saturday, July 24 where they take on a very tough course that skirts around the famous Mount Fuji with a finish at the Fuji International Speedway after 234km.

The women's road race is the day after with a 137km route that also only sees two relatively simple climbs, which brought a lot of opposition from some pros that wanted a harder and longer race.

Wednesday, July 28 is time trial day for the riders with both the men and women taking to the roads, again with the women facing a far shorter 22.1km route compared to the men's 44.2km.

After that, we have a full list of track cycling which goes on from Monday, August 2 all the way to the final day on Sunday, August 8.

BMX racing and freestyle races take place between Thursday, July 29 and Sunday, August 1.

The mountain biking is also one to watch with Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock joining the full-time MTBers to battle on Monday, July 26 with the women's race, including British hopeful Evie Richards, the day after on the Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games cycling schedule (Tokyo/UK times)

Road race events

Saturday, July 24, men's road race, 11.00am-6.15pm Japan/3am-10.15am UK, (234km) Route

Sunday, July 25, women's road race, 1.00pm - 5.35pm Japan/5am - 9.35am UK (137km) Route

Time trial events

Wednesday, July 28, men's and women's time trials, 11.30am - 5.20pm Japan/3.30am - 9.20am UK (44.2km and 22.1km) Route

Track events

Monday, August 2, 3.30pm - 6.30pm Japan/7.30am - 10.30am UK

Women's Team Sprint Qualifying

Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying

Women's Team Sprint First round

Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying

Women's Team Sprint Finals

Women's Team Sprint Victory Ceremony

Tuesday, August 3, 3.30pm - 6.10pm Japan/7.30am - 10.10am UK

Women's Team Pursuit First round

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying

Men's Team Pursuit First round

Men's Team Sprint First round

Women's Team Pursuit Finals

Men's Team Sprint Finals

Women's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony

Men's Team Sprint Victory Ceremony

Wednesday, August 4, 3.30pm - 7.00pm Japan/7.30am - 11am UK

Men's Sprint Qualifying

Women's Keirin First round

Men's Sprint 1/32 Finals

Women's Keirin First round Repechages

Men's Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages

Men's Team Pursuit Finals

Men's Sprint 1/16 Finals

Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony

Men's Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages

Thursday, August 5, 3.30pm - 6:50pm Japan/7.30am - 10.50am UK

Men's Omnium Scratch Race 1\4

Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals

Women's Keirin Second Round

Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages

Men's Omnium Tempo Race 2\4

Men's Sprint 1/4 Finals

Women's Keirin Third Round

Men's Omnium Elimination Race 3\4

Women's Keirin Final Places 7 to 12

Women's Keirin Finals

Men's Omnium Points Race 4\4

Men's Sprint Final Places 5 to 8

Women's Keirin Victory Ceremony

Men's Omnium Victory Ceremony

Friday, August 6, 3.30pm - 5.15pm Japan/7.30am - 9.15am UK

Women's Sprint Qualifying

Men's Sprint 1/2 Finals

Women's Sprint 1/32 Finals

Women's Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages

Women's Madison Final

Men's Sprint Final Places 3-4 & 1-2

Women's Sprint 1/16 Finals

Women's Madison Victory Ceremony

Women's Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages

Men's Sprint Victory Ceremony

Saturday, August 7, 3.30pm - 6.25pm Japan/7.30am - 10.25am UK

Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals

Men's Keirin First Round

Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages

Men's Keirin Repechages

Women's Sprint Quarterfinals

Men's Madison Final

Men's Madison Victory Ceremony

Sunday, August 8, 10am - 1.15pm Japan/2am - 5.15am UK

Women's Omnium Scratch Race 1/4

Women's Sprint Semifinals

Men's Keirin Quarterfinals

Women's Omnium Tempo Race 2/4

Women's Sprint Race for 5th-8th Places

Men's Keirin Semifinals

Women's Sprint Finals

Women's Omnium Elimination Race 3/4

Men's Keirin Final 7-12

Men's Keirin Final 1-6

Men's Keirin Victory Ceremony

Women's Omnium Points Race 4/4

Women's Sprint Victory Ceremony

Women's Omnium Victory Ceremony

BMX events

Thurs, July 29, BMX Racing Qualifiers, 10am - 12pm Japan/2am - 4am UK

Fri, July 30, BMX Racing Finals, 10am - 12.20pm Japan/2am - 4.20am UK

Sat, July 31, BMX Freestyle Qualifiers, 10.10am - 12.20pm Japan/2.10am - 4.20am UK

Sun, August 1, BMX Freestyle Finals, 10.10am - 12.45pm Japan/2.10am - 4.45am UK

MTB events

Mon, July 26, men's cross country, 3pm - 5pm Japan/7am - 9am UK

Tues, July 27, women's cross country, 3pm - 5pm Japan/7am - 9am UK

Tim Bonville-Ginn
Tim Bonville-Ginn

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When not writing stories for the site, Bonville-Ginn doesn't really switch off his cycling side as he watches every race that is televised as well as being a rider himself and a regular user of the game Pro Cycling Manager.

He rides a Specialized Tarmac SL4 when out on his local roads back in West Yorkshire as well as in northern Hampshire with the hills and mountains being his preferred terrain.