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Cycling on wooden indoor tracks regularly drew large crowds as early as 1870 and was included in the inaugural Olympics Games.

Wooden indoor tracks

As early as 1870, track races in England were regularly attracting large crowds. The riders competed on wooden indoor tracks that closely resembled the modern velodromes of today. Such tracks ensured the event could be competed all year round. But for promoters there was an even greater benefit – spectators could be charged an entrance fee!

Olympic history

Track cycling events have been organised at all the editions of the Games since 1896, with the exception of the 1912 Games in Stockholm, when only the road race was staged. Between 1924 and 1992, the range of events was generally as follows: sprint, time trial over one kilometre, tandem and team pursuit. The individual pursuit was added to the programme of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the tandem was dropped after the 1972 Games in Munich.

Women have competed in the track events since the Seoul Games in 1988, the year that marked the appearance of women in the sprint event, followed by the individual pursuit in 1992. At the Sydney Games in 2000, several track events were introduced: 500m time trial for women, but also keirin, American and sprint for men.

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Cycling Track - Sprint Women
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Cycling Track - Sprint Women

Katy Marchant of Great Britain competes against Kristina Vogel of Germany during the Women's Sprint Semifinal race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling Track - Keirin Men
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Cycling Track - Keirin Men

Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands, leads Sam Webster of New Zealand leads the pack of Francois Pervis of France, Callum Skinner of Great Britain, Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia, Krzysztof Maksel of Poland and Angel Pulgar of Venezuela during a Men's Keirin First Round race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling Track - Sprint Women

Kristina Vogel of Germany celebrates after winning gold during the Women's Sprint Finals gold medal race against Rebecca James of Great Britain on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling Track - Sprint Women

Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands competes against Rebecca James of Great Britain during the Women's Sprint Semifinal race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling Track - Keirin Men
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Cycling Track - Keirin Men

Joachim Eilers of Germany, Damian Zielinski of Poland, Jason Kenny of Great Britain, Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands, Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia, Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata of Colombia line up behind the derny driver during a Men's Keirin Finals race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling Track - Sprint Women

Kristina Vogel of Germany defeats Rebecca James of Great Britain during the Women's Sprint Finals gold medal race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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