Rio Olympics Cycling iCal

With less than 10 days to go to the Rio games here’s a downloadable calendar with all the cycling events in Rio for your diary. You’ll find road, track, MTB and BMX and this time with the specific time slots included.

The men’s road race is the opening event of the games and the winner on the Copacabana will be the first medallist of the 2016 Olympics.

As ever this format proves very popular and it should be useful as many cycling fans are not used to arranging their sports viewing around Rio de Janeiro’s GMT-3 time zone.

Depending on your diary or device you should see the accompanying note, for example on Monday 15 August there are two track sessions and the second is from 4.00pm – 6.45pm Rio time and this should adjust to your own time zone. Once you look up the event a note will list the session’s events:

Men’s Omnium: flying lap 250m time trial
Women’s Sprint: race for 9th-12th places
Women’s Omnium: 3km individual pursuit
Men’s Omnium: 40km points race
Men’s Omnium: victory ceremony
Women’s Omnium: elimination race

For now there’s no more specific timing other than the block you’ll find in your diary.

If you’re familiar with ical files, here’s the URL for the ics file:

Save the ics / iCal / iCalendar file and you can import it into your electronic diary. One or two clicks and it’s on your iPhone / Outlook etc. The default settings have alerts turned off but check your device to avoid annoyance. Best of all see if you can subscribe to the calendar and this way any changes and updates will be pushed to your diary.

Alternatively if you use Google then see calendar below and the +Google Calendar link on the bottom-right. Note this method can work with Android phones when the iCal file might not.

Here’s the calendar of events for you to see, jump to August.

If you want more help on how to make use of this, see the page which has the calendar for all the main men’s and women’s pro races in 2016 and a fuller explanation of how to put a calendar into Outloook, an iPhone, your diary etc.

In case you need to know when the table tennis, swimming or archery are on to you’ll find the full schedule of competition at

19 thoughts on “Rio Olympics Cycling iCal”

  1. Thanks so much for sorting this out, why aren’t you having a break after the Tour?
    One thing – I think the first medal is in shooting (women’s 10 m air rifle)

  2. this road race could be pretty tasty…. I just went down the start list and picked out about 35 potential winners! it will be very interesting to see how the Colombians/French/Italians/GB/Belgians/Aussies plus others all play it, when they have multiple potential winners in their squads, and not so many that are used to domestique work… pro-team tie-ups could be key (altho ask Wegelius how that turned out for him…)

    • I thought Wegelius was for the world champs, but point is the same regardless!

      Will be interesting to see again how 5 people in a team works considering the debate about reduced teams post Tour, and I suspect, as you alluded to, that the winner may come from a team with a balance of “winners” and domestiques as opposed to loading with “winners” only. The balance could be key.

  3. This is great – thanks very much for sorting!

    Sagan for MTB race only – I hadn’t picked up on that. Presumably he has a realistic chance in that rather than it being the kind of Olympic quirk that saw Germany’s Robert Forstermann being entered for the RR at London 2012?

    • He gets to go to Rio for fun and Specialized get some publicity. But because he’s been racing on the road so much he only just scraped qualification and so he’ll start far back on the grid. Even if he was at the front it’d be a big ask to win, now he’s at the back it’ll be even harder.

  4. Any word on the state of the indoor track? Last I heard there were issues as they were laying the pine without the roof being on (which apparently causes warping in humid conditions).

    • They’d put the roof on some time ago but had not closed the doors to control the temperature and humidity inside so the warm, damp air was causing problems with the track. Hopefully this is fixed now but why do they specify Siberian pine for a tropical location? It might roll fast but how long will it last?

      • I thought it was Siberian *spruce* (Picea obovata or abies obovata) that was used as material for velodrome surfaces. It tolerates changes in humidity much better than many other woods. It is also used for acoustic guitars, terrace boards in Scandinavia and (sometimes) sauna benches. I’m not en expert, far from it, but I can imagine that woods that develop bends or cracks between the boards due to shrinking would be less suited for such use.

  5. First and foremost, to add my thanks to those who have already posted. I would join the chorus of folk telling you to take a break. However I know this is unecessary as ‘inrng’ is not actually a single person at all but a secret robot army, hidden in a bunker under the french alps and commanded by their cycling-obsessed overlord. How else to explain the work-rate?

    Anyway, back to reality: I wonder what the impact of potential russian non-attendance in Rio will be? So far we know there will be no Zakarin or Zabalenskiya due to previous doping offences. Possibly others too?

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