The cycling (track cycling) at the Olympic Games will see some of the most intense and dynamic racing at Tokyo 2021 with all eyes on the Izu Velodrome when the event begins on August 3.
The bicycle itself dates back to the 19th century and cycle racing soon became a popular sport, with one of the oldest bicycle racing clubs in the world in St Louis, established in 1887, with members including numerous national champions and Olympians.
Cycling at the Olympics
The sport formed part of the first modern Olympics in 1896 which involved a road race and five events at the cycling track or velodrome. It remained as a road and track sport until Atlanta 1996 when mountain biking was introduced; BMX racing was added at Beijing 2008.
Track cycling has been dominated by Great Britain for the last three Olympics and they will send a strong team which is again likely to dominate in the velodrome. The US women’s team have been amongst the strongest on the track over recent years but they will be without their taliswoman, Sarah Hammer, who retired after picking up two silvers at Rio 2016.
The US, however, have dominated in the BMX with Connor Fields from Texas hoping to retain the gold he won in Rio while Alise Willoughby from Minnesota hopes to upgrade on the silver she won in Brazil.
Betting on Cycling: Strategy and Tips
If you want to bet on US cyclists look at the women’s events; Chloe Dygert-Owen from Indiana is sure to pick up more than one medal. She is likely to compete on the road and in the velodrome so see what bets are being offered on her picking up at least two golds.
US Sportsbooks and Apps
Look at different sports betting apps in the USA to see their offers odds on track cycling at the Olympics in Tokyo 2021.
A range of bets will be available in the men’s so look at the possibility of betting on the US to finish in the top three in the team events, and see what races teen sensation Quinn Simmons from Colorado is competing. He excelled at the recent world championships and could be the one to watch in Tokyo.