What you need to know about Olympic cycling

The Tour de France is over and now cycling athletes set there ambitions on Olympic gold in London. The opening ceremonies kicks off tonight (7/27/12) on NBC at 7:30pm EST, with the festivities directed by UK director Danny Boyle who promises no gruesome arm chopping like in his film 127 hours. Although if it’s anything like past ceremonies with lots of little kids in bizarre spandex outfits…you may pop in the DVD for more excitement.

Speaking of bizarre lycra…

Tomorrow kicks things off with the men’s road race which is a one-off, where a few heavy hitter will try and take the gold including Mark Cavandish and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins. There is the men’s and woman’s road race and then both genders have an individual time trial.

Schedule is here.

Here is Bradley Wiggins in the Guardian talking about the massive strength of the UK team.

Bradley Wiggins: We may be strongest team ever in an Olympic road race
After the Tour, it’s payback time for Mark Cavendish and I will do whatever job is asked of me by the team.

(Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Enjoying a spin in the Box Hill area are the Team GB road race team of Mark Cavendish, left, Chris Froome and Ian Stannard, ahead of David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in preparation for the men’s road race in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Four weeks ago I was in Liege getting ready for the Tour de France, now I’m in a golf course hotel in leafy Surrey waiting for the start of the Olympic Games. It’s been a crazy few weeks, and the last seven days was the maddest of all. A week ago I rode the time trial of my life in the Tour, with James Murdoch in the car behind, the power flowing perfectly and the last five kilometres spent knowing I was going to win, thinking of everything that had gone before: training on the Trough of Bowland in the rain, emptying the tank for Shane Sutton in Tenerife, the sacrifices my wife Cath had made so that I could train as I needed.

Read more here.

Then its onto the track where there will be 10 olympic track events (5 for each gender)

For a complete guide to the track check out the coverage in:

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