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

January 25, 2018

Team Scotland have been regular visitors to the medal podium in Cycling in recent years, winning medals at each of the last four 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 and Glasgow 2014. With the Cycling team still to be announced for Gold Coast 2018, 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.


  1. Scotland has won 18 Cycling medals at the Commonwealth Games; five gold, five silver and eight bronze, and were 4th on the Cycling medal table at Glasgow 2014, winning two gold, two silver and a 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. Craig MacLean is Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games cyclist with three gold and one bronze medal. He won gold in 2006 and bronze in 2002 in the Team Sprint with Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar, before piloting Neil Fachie to two gold medals in the Para-Sport B Tandem events at Glasgow 2014.


  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.


  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 14 of the 19 occasions the sport has been included in the Commonwealth Games.


  1. All three cycling disciplines; Track, Road and Mountain Bike are included on the Gold Coast 2018 programme.


  1. Track Cycling events at the Gold Coast 2018 Games will be held at the newly built Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane. Named after Australia’s Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games Cycling gold medallist, the velodrome is Queensland’s first and will provide for 4,000 spectators.


  1. The Elanora / Currumbin Valley will provide a picturesque backdrop to the Gold Coast 2018 Road Cycling events while Nerang Mountain Bike Trails will be the venue for the Mountain Bike competition.

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