Rio 2016 preview: cycling track

Get the lowdown on a series of brilliant races and all the breath-taking action set for the Rio Olympic Velodrome between 15 and 18 September. 07 Sep 2016
Rio Olympic Velodrome

Track cycling will be contested at the newly built Rio Olympic Velodrome, located in the Barra Olympic Park and with capacity for 5,000 seats, between 8 and 11 September.

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The Rio Olympic Velodrome will stage the cycling track events from 15-18 September.

The Netherland’s Alyda Norbruis, who claimed silver in the 500m time-trial at London 2012, will be looking to win her first Paralympic gold in Rio. Her hopes are high after she left last year’s track World Championships as the most decorated cyclist.

Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian Sarah Storey seeks to win multiple golds once again, especially given her dominance in the C5 class over the last two years.

Storey sealed 16 Paralympic medals in swimming between 1992 and 2004, before a switch to cycling saw her accumulate six more gold medals. In Rio she could add a 23rd Paralympic medal to her tally, making her career even more exceptional.

USA’s London 2012 gold medallist Joseph Berenyi will be one to look out for in the men’s C3 class.

And keep an eye out for China’s Zhang Yu Li in the men’s C1-3 time trial, and Australia’s Susan Powell in the women’s C4 individual pursuit.

Location: Rio Olympic Velodrome

Schedule: 15-18 September

Mark your calendars for…

Thursday, 15 September

• 16:30-17:53 Women’s individual pursuit finals (C1-3, C4, C5) and men’s individual pursuit final (B).

Friday, 16 September

• 10:00-10:48 Final - Women’s individual kilo (B).

• 16:30-19:07 Final - Men’s individual kilo (C4-5), men’s individual pursuit (C1, C2, C3).

Saturday, 17 September

• 10:00-10:36 Final - Women’s individual 500m (C1-3).

• 16:30-19:30 Final - Men’s individual kilo (C1-3), women’s individual 500m (C4-5), men’s individual pursuit (C4, C5).

Sunday, 18 September

• 11:34-13:06 Final – Men’s individual kilo (B), women’s individual pursuit (B), mixed team sprint (C1-5).

Ones to watch:

• Alyda Norbruis (NED): After winning three gold medals at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, the London 2012 silver medallist is ready to stand top of the Paralympic podium in Rio.

• Sarah Storey (GBR): Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian is hoping to repeat her London 2012 success, when she claimed four golds.

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Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.

Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.