Sport Focus: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Cycling

January 6, 2020

Team Scotland have been regular visitors to the medal podium in Cycling in recent years, winning medals at each of the last five Games. Since Sir Chris Hoy took Scotland’s first Cycling gold at the Manchester 2002 Games in the 1km Time Trial, Scottish cyclists have also stood on the top step of the podium at Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. As our Sport Focus on Cycling coming to an end, here are 12 things you might not know about the sport’s history at the Commonwealth Games:

  1. Cycling has been included at all but the first Games. It made its debut in 1934 and has appeared at every Games since despite being an optional sport.


  1. Scotland has won 28 Cycling medals at the Commonwealth Games; nine gold, ten silver and nine bronze, and were 3rd on the Cycling medal table at Gold Coast 2018, winning four gold, four silver and two bronze.


  1. Scotland’s first cycling medal came at the Edinburgh 1970 Games when Brian Temple took silver in the 10 mile Scratch Race.


  1. Neil Fachie is Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games cyclist with four gold medals, taking the title from Tandem partner Craig MacLean who won three gold and one bronze. Fachie and MacLean sped to two gold medals in the Para-Sport B Tandem events at Glasgow 2014 and Neil successfully defended both tiltes with Matt Rotherham at Gold Coast 2018.


  1. Para-Cycling events were included on the Commonwealth Games programme for the first time at Glasgow 2014 and Scotland won a medal in each of the four events on the programme.


  1. Women’s Cycling events were first included at the Auckland 1990 Games, with the events contested a Sprint and Individual Pursuit on the track, plus a Road Race. Kate Cullen became Team Scotland’s first female cycling medallist at the Melbourne 2006 Games with bronze in the 25km Points Race.


  1. The only Cycling event to have been on the programme at every Commonwealth Games is the Men’s 1km Time Trial. The Men’s Road Race wasn’t held in 1934 but has been held at every Games since.


  1. Mountain Bike events were first introduced to the programme at Manchester 2002 and have been included at every Games since, with the exception of Delhi 2010.


  1. Australia has been the top nation in Cycling on 15 of the 20 occasions the sport has been included in the Commonwealth Games.


  1. All three cycling disciplines; Track, Road and Mountain Bike are included on the Birmingham 2022 programme.


  1. Track Cycling events at the Birmingham 2022 Games will be held at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It has capacity for 6,000 spectators.


  1. The Birmingham 2022 Road Cycling events will take in a route through the West Midlands while Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Trails will be the venue for the Mountain Bike competition.

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