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Union Cycliste Internationale – UCI Newsletter Special Edition: Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Message from the President 
We are finally here!

After a tumultuous lead-up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is an enormous pleasure to be at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, albeit a year later than planned and with necessary restrictions in place to protect the health of athletes, team staff and officials.

The fact that these Games can take place is thanks to the solidarity, hard work and joint determination of all our sport’s stakeholders. It has been a bumpy road but one that has again demonstrated the ability of cycling – and indeed sport in general – to unite people as they work towards a common goal. I congratulate everyone who has had a part to play in getting us to Tokyo for this much awaited sporting spectacle.

The Olympic Games represent a magnificent and prestigious showcase for the sport of cycling, which has featured on the programme at every edition since 1896. In Tokyo this year, BMX Freestyle becomes cycling’s fifth Olympic discipline, further strengthening our presence on the Olympic stage.

As President of the UCI, I am proud of our sport’s Olympic history, which began 125 years ago with track and road cycling at the Games in Athens. It was a century later that mountain bike became our first off-road discipline to join the Olympics, followed by BMX Racing in 2008 and now BMX Freestyle, which appeals in particular to the younger generation.  Over this long collaboration with the Olympic movement, our sport has clearly demonstrated its diversity and its ability to move with the times while maintaining its traditional values.

I am in no doubt that these 2020 Games will be memorable from a sporting point of view. And while few people have the opportunity to attend in person, I strongly encourage you to use the many and varied possibilities to follow the competitions, interact with other cycling fans, and in doing so demonstrate that our sport has a strong and enthusiastic following.

This special newsletter details the ways in which you can experience the excitement and suspense unique to the Olympic Games. As we prepare for 15 days of non-stop cycling action from Tokyo, I encourage you to study the schedule and explanations below and share them with all your stakeholders.

Wishing you all the very best for Tokyo 2020,

David Lappartient
UCI President

 Sports information 
The following links can be used to find entries, results, and general sport information concerning the cycling events held during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sport Information, including course maps and venues:

Entry Lists:


 Cycling at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: where, when and how to watch 
By the time this special newsletter is published, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be almost upon us. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs), and above all, the athletes, have worked together to achieve a difficult task: stage a highly successful Olympic Games showcasing the best the sporting world has to offer, while respecting highly restrictive conditions designed to keep all participants and the Japanese public safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cycling is the 3rd largest sport at the Games in terms of athlete participation and medals awarded:  528 athletes compete across the different disciplines, with 22 gold medals at stake. As a major stakeholder of the Olympic Games, the UCI has been working closely with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 to ensure that the five Olympic cycling disciplines – road, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, and track – take place in safe conditions.

Despite the pandemic, we believe these Games will be a resounding success!

Although the current health situation means most of the cycling family cannot be with us in Tokyo, all cycling fans can still enjoy the action and participate in the excitement by engaging with our sport and with the Olympic Movement online. More importantly, by doing so, we can together use the strength of the global cycling family to once again confirm why cycling continues to be such a strong, relevant, and vital part of the Olympic Games.

Below you will find all the details about where, when and how to watch the competitions. We encourage you to share this information widely, and to engage with others around the world via social media.

 Where to watch 
A list of national broadcasters can be found here.

 Daily competition schedule 
Times given are Japanese Standard Time / Central European Summer Time.

Road Race, Men: 24th July 11:00 JST / 04:00 CEST
Road Race, Women: 25th July 13:00 JST / 06:00 CEST

Mountain Bike XCO, Men: 26th July 15:00 JST / 08:00 CEST
Mountain Bike XCO, Women: 27th July 15:00 JST / 08:00 CEST

Road Time Trial, Women: 28th July 11:30 JST / 04:30 CEST
Road Time Trial, Men: 28th July 14:00 JST / 07:00 CEST

BMX Racing, Quarter Finals (Men and Women): 29th July 10:00 JST / 03:00 CEST
BMX Racing, Semi-Finals / Finals (Men and Women): 30th July 10:00 JST / 03:00 CEST

BMX Freestyle Park, Seeding (Men and Women): 31st July 10:00 JST / 03:00 CEST
BMX Freestyle Park, Finals (Men and Women): 1st August 10:00 JST / 03:00 CEST

Track (Men and Women): 2nd August – 8th August; generally 15:30 JST / 08:30 CEST start, except 8th August, 10:00 JST / 03:00 CEST start

 Social media channels / tags 
To support cycling within the Olympic Movement, we encourage you to follow these channels and use these tags; doing so will help to boost the profile of our sport.


  • Channels
    • @Olympics
  • Hashtags
    • #Tokyo2020
    • #Olympics
    • #StrongerTogether


  • Channels
    • @UCI Cycling
    • @UCI MTB
    • @UCI BMX Freestyle
    • @UCI BMX Supercross
    • @UCI Track
  • Hashtags
    • #Cycling
    • #BMXFreestyle
    • #BMXRacing
    • #MTB
    • #TrackCycling

 Share your Tokyo 2020 celebrations from home 
To be part of the UCI fan’s community during Tokyo 2020, film your reactions to the cycling events and be in with a chance to feature in the UCI’s daily best fan video! Click here to share your Tokyo 2020 celebrations.

 Searching for content 
Official content from the Games is most easily found by searching as follows (using track cycling as an example):

Tokyo 2020 Cycling
Tokyo Cycling
Olympic Cycling 2020
Olympic Cycling


Tokyo 2020 Track Cycling
Tokyo Track Cycling
Olympic Track Cycling 2020
Olympic Track Cycling


Tokyo 2020 Men’s Team Pursuit
Tokyo Men’s Team Pursuit
Olympic Men’s Team Pursuit 2020
Olympic Men’s Team Pursuit

The important element is to have “Tokyo” or “Olympic” in the search query – this will help you find the best content most quickly.

We are about to witness some incredible cycling moments, and we hope that you will enjoy the best of our sport as the Games unfold.