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Cycling In The Commonwealth Games

Cycling is an optional sport on the Commonwealth Games programme and was first introduced into the sports programme in 1934. It has featured in every Commonwealth Games since, making many people think it is a core sport.

It can include any or all of the three disciplines: Track, Road and Mountain Bike. All three were included for Gold Coast 2018. Para-Sport Track Cycling made its Games debut at Glasgow 2014 with four medal events and all four events featured again at Gold Coast 2018.

Cycling has also been included in the Commonwealth Youth Games on three occasions: Bendigo 2004 (Track, Road & Mountain Bike), Isle of Man 2011 (Road) and Bahamas 2017 (Road).

All Cycling events are conducted according to the rules of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

  • Core / Optional Optional
  • Appearances In The Games 20
  • First Games London 1934
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Cycling Medal Count:
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  • Total: 28
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Did You Know?

  • Team Scotland won medals in all four Para-Sport Cycling events at Glasgow 2014, taking two gold and two silver.

  • Scotland had to wait until 1970 for its first Commonwealth Games Cycling medal when Brian Temple won silver in the 10 mile Scratch Race.

  • Neil Fachie is Scotland's most successful Commonwealth Games cyclist with four gold medals.

  • Scottish cyclists won 10 medals at Gold Coast 2018, the sport's highest ever tally at a single Games.

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Competition Format

Cycling consists of Track, Road and Mountain Bike disciplines. Track events can be split into two main types: sprint events, which generally last for less than two minutes and endurance events which can be up to 40km in length.

Road events include the Road Race and Individual Time Trial. In the Road Race, cyclists in each class start together and the first person to finish wins. The Men’s Individual Time Trial covers 40km; the Women’s race covers 30km. Cyclists start one-by-one, setting off at short intervals in a race against the clock.

The Mountain Bike event is a cross-country event which includes a variety of terrain including fast tracks, technical rocky sections, natural forest tracks and tough uphill sections.

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