Olympic and World track records, road, BMX and MTB winners

Team GB pursuit
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How far back does cycling go at the modern Olympic Games? All the way, you may be surprised to learn. The 1896 Games held in Athens, of course, may have featured a vastly restricted range of sports compared to the upcoming spectacle in Paris, but bike racing was most certainly amongst them.

Quite a surprise, frankly, as most of the featured disciplines would not have been a million miles away from what the original Olympians in Sparta were competing for two thousand or more years ago – lots of running, jumping, wrestling, boxing and various equestrian events, much of it naked, allegedly. We’ll just leave that there and move swiftly on…

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