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Chris Hoy at the UCI World Championships

Chris Hoy at the 2008 UCI World Championships

The first Olympic track cycling race is the men’s team sprint. Race distance is 3 laps for 750 meters. The event will be held on Fri Aug 15 2008. Start times are as follows:
• Qualifying: 4:30am EST
• First Round: 5:45am EST
• Medal Round: 6:40am EST

France has dominated the Team Sprint for many years and is the favorite to win the gold. The coach for the team is Florian Rousseau. As the winner of three gold medals in Atlanta and Sydney, he will have the team prepared and ready to take on the competition. Great Britain came in second to the French team at Worlds this year and should be ready to challenge. The will have a seasoned team led by none other than Chris Hoy. The Netherlands have a list of highly ranked sprinters including Teun Mulder, Tim Veldt and led by Theo Bos. Australians Germany and the Netherlands will be in the running for silver or bronze. The Team USA is not expected to contest for a medal unfortunately.

Here is the start order with matchups for the Qualifying Round
Heat 1
Poland (Maciej Bielecki, Kamil Kuczynski, Lukasz Kwiatowski)

Heat 2
USA (Michael Blatchford, Adam Duvendeck, Giddeon Massie)
Czech Republic (Tomas Babek, Adam Ptacnik, Denis Spicka)

Heat 3
Greece (Athanasios Mantzouranis, Vasilieios Reppas, Panagiotis Voukelatos)
Malaysia (Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, Josiah Ng, Mohd Rizal Tisin)

Heat 4
China (Yong Feng, Wenhao Li, Lei Zhang)
Japan (Kiyofumi Nagai, Tomohiro Nagatsuka, Kazunari Watanabe)

Heat 5
Australia (Daniel Ellis, Mark French, Shane Kelly)
Russia (Sergey Polynskiy, Denis Dmitriev, Sergey Kucherov)

Heat 6
Great Britain (Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff)
Germany (Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy, Stefan Nimke)

Heat 7
France (Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau, Arnaud Tournant)
Netherlands (Theo Bos, Teun Mulder, Tim Veldt)

If you are not familiar with the race here is a clip from NBC to explain.
For this event, contested only by men at the Games, two teams of three riders each compete head-to-head. The race consists of three laps of the track with each rider on the team leading for one lap. Unlike the individual sprint event, where the first 800 meters of the race is used for positioning and the final 200 meters is the sprint, team sprint competitors go all-out from the start and the entire race is timed. As in the team pursuit event, the teams start on opposite sides of the track, in the middle of each straightaway. As the team finishes the first lap, the lead cyclist drops back to the rear and leaves the track, leaving the second rider in the lead position. The same process is repeated after the second lap with the second rider exiting the track, leaving the third rider to finish the race. Times are based on the finish of the third rider of each team and the team with the fastest time is the winner. (From NBC)

Finish Order – World Championships (3/26/08), Men’s Team Sprint:
1. France – UCI Rank 1, 2830 pts
2. Great Brittan – UCI Rank 4, 1477.5 pts
3. Netherlands – UCI Rank 3, 1560 pts
4. Germany – UCI Rank 6, 1406.5 pts
5. Australia – UCI Rank 2, 1927 pts
6. Russian Federation – UCI Rank 8, 981.5 pts
7. China – UCI Rank 5, 1450 pts
8. Japan – UCI Rank 9, 966 pts
9. Ukraine – UCI Rank 14, 469 pts
10. USA – UCI Rank 11, 741 pts
11. Poland – UCI Rank 13, 537 pts
12. Spain – UCI Rank 15, 467.5 pts
13. Czech Republic – UCI Rank 12, 538.5 pts
14. Greece – UCI Rank 7, 993 pts
15. Malaysia – UCI Rank 10, 783.5 pts

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us.  Unfortunately, cycling does not get as much coverage as

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

more popular events such as gymnastics or swimming.  This year may be different though.  NBC intends to televise the bulk of the games online, including prelims and heats.   Supposedly all online coverage is viewable during and after the events providing Tivo like capability.  That would be a godsend for the Olympic obsessed working masses. NBC Online Schedule


I have been struggling to find a comprehensive list of cycling related TV broadcast and events list for cycling events.  To save you some trouble, I’ve compiled a TV schedule from various sources including AP posts and ESPN’s website.

The full NBC 2008 Olympics TV broadcast schedule for the following channels:  CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish), USA Network, Oxygen, Universal HD and sport-specific channels for basketball and soccer. All times are Eastern Daylight Time and are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 8

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball – USA Match; Men’s Cycling – Road Race; Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final; Rowing

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. China (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. China; Women’s Cycling Road Race; Women’s Weightlifting – 53kg Gold Medal Final; Men’s & Women’s Badminton; Rowing

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men’s 200-meter Breaststroke, Men’s 100-meter Freestyle, Women’s 200-meter Butterfly, Women’s 4×200-meter Relay and Men’s 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball – USA Match (LIVE); Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling – Individual Time Trial
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Baseball – USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women’s Volleyball – Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men’s Weightlifting 77kg Competition

Friday, Aug. 15

  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. Croatia; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final; Women’s Badminton – Singles Gold Medal Finals
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field – Men’s 20k Walk; Men’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women’s Field Hockey – USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Table Tennis Team Semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball – USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Poland; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian – Team Jumping Competition; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals
  • 12:35-2 a.m. — Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 10K and Women’s Triple Jump; Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Triathlon
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Beach Volleyball; Men’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Handball – Russia vs. Germany; Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Playoff

Monday, Aug. 18

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. — Men’s Diving Springboard Semifinal; Men’s Triathlon
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Russia (LIVE); Women’s Soccer Semifinals (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. China; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Denmark; Men’s Weightlifting 105kg Competition; Men’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. – Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final; Men’s Cycling – BMX Competition (LIVE)
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals (LIVE); Canoeing (LIVE); Women’s Handball Quarterfinals; Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal; Table Tennis Singles, First Round Competition; Women’s Water Polo Semifinal; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 200-meter, Women’s 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition; Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE); Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal (LIVE); Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Friday, Aug. 22

  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal Match (LIVE); Baseball Semifinal; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Women’s Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women’s Modern Pentathlon; Women’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Handball Semifinal

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:30-5 a.m. — Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (LIVE); Men’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Table Tennis – Gold Medal Match

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • NBC and NBC HD 7-11 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Events Schedule

Road Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 9 11:00 PM ET, Road Cycling – M Road Race – M Indiv
Aug 10 2:00 AM ET, Road Cycling – W Road Race – W Indiv
Aug 12 11:30 PM ET, Road Cycling – W Indiv Time Trial – W Indiv time trial
Aug 13 1:30 AM ET, Road Cycling – M Indiv Time Trial – M Indiv time trial

Track Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – First round
Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Qualifying
Aug 15 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for bronze
Aug 15 6:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage summary
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage
Aug 16 5:40 AM ET, Track – M Points Race – M Points Race
Aug 16 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Second round
Aug 16 6:50 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 16 6:55 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 7:15 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round heat 1-6
Aug 16 7:20 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round 7-12
Aug 16 11:05 PM ET, Track – W Sprint – Qual round
Aug 16 11:20 PM ET, Track – M Sprint – Qual round
Aug 17 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final
Aug 17 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 17 5:10 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 17 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final
Aug 17 5:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – First round
Aug 18 4:30 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – W Points Race
Aug 18 5:05 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:00 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 18 6:20 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 18 6:30 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 18 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 19 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 1
Aug 19 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 4:55 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 3
Aug 19 5:30 AM ET, Track – M Madison – Madison
Aug 19 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3
Aug 19 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 6:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3

Triathlon Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 17 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – W Triathlon – W Indiv
Aug 18 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – M Triathlon – M Indiv

BMX Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 19 9:00 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Seeding phase run 2
Aug 19 9:45 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 1
Aug 19 11:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 2
Aug 19 11:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 1
Aug 20 12:05 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 2
Aug 20 12:32 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 3
Aug 20 9:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 9:38 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 10:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Final
Aug 20 10:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Final

Mountain Bike Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 22 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – W Cross Country – W Indiv
Aug 23 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – M Cross Country – M Indiv

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