Olympic Games - Cycling - BMX

BMX riders will be hoping for a dry day at the BMX Arena in the Olympic Park.

BMX cycling will appear at an Olympic Games for only the second time after making its debut at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The BMX events will take place on the newly created BMX track at the Olympic Park in London.

The events will take place between the 8 and 10 August. There are two medal events - one men's and one women's BMX competition.

Forty eight riders will compete at the London 2012 Olympics, 32 men and 16 women. Shanaze Reade will compete for Team GB and will go into the women's event as one of the favourites. In her first Olympic Games Shanaze finished 8th.

Riders will race out the starter gate and compete through the short, fast and difficult course at the Olympic Park in front of thousands of spectators. 

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8 - 10 August - Check the forecast for the BMX Arena in the Olympic Park to see whether it will be ideal conditions for the riders.

Both men's and women's events will start with seeding phases, each rider running the course once to determine the seeding. This prevents the fastest riders meeting each other in early stages. The women's event will then move straight on to semi finals where as the men will first compete in quarter finals to eliminate the slower riders from the field.

The quarter finals see each rider complete the course five times, gaining points for positioning on each run. At the end of the third run the best two riders from each category go through to the semi finals. The remaining riders compete in the final two runs of the quarter final and the best two riders from each quarter final also progress.

The semi finals are competed over three runs and the top four riders from each semi final progress to the final. The final is competed in a straight race and the first rider to complete the 470 m for men and 430 m for women course wins the Gold.

Check the weather forecast if you are heading to the Olympic Park to see the BMX cycling events.