Cycling Track at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Dates 24 – 28 July 1996
Medal Events 8

There were many changes to the cycling program in 1996. Probably the biggest one was that professionals from the pro cycling tour were declared eligible to ride in the Olympics, although this mostly affected road cycling. Mountain biking was also added as a new cycling discipline in 1996.

The men’s track program did not change, consisting of the five events held since 1984 – kilometre time trial, match sprint, individual pursuit, team pursuit, and points race; but the women added a third track event, the points race joining the match sprint and individual pursuit. All the track events took place at the Stone Mountain Velodrome, an outdoor velodrome with a 250.0 metre track made of a wood/polyester laminate. Since 1976, save for the American Olympics of 1984 and 1996, and Barcelona in 1992, the Olympic velodrome has been covered.

German Jens Fiedler defended his title in the men’s match sprint. The other seven track events were split between France, which won four, and Italy, who won three. France’s Florian Rousseau won the kilometre time trial. He would return in 2000 and win three medals and two golds in an expanded track cycling program. His countrywoman, Félicia Ballanger, won the women’s match sprint and in 2000 would defend that title and win the inaugural 500 metre time trial for women.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Sprint, Men Olympic 24 – 28 July 1996 24 16
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men Olympic 24 July 1996 20 20
Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Olympic 24 – 26 July 1996 18 18
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Olympic 26 – 27 July 1996 70 17
Points Race, Men Olympic 28 July 1996 28 28
Sprint, Women Olympic 24 – 27 July 1996 14 14
Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Olympic 25 – 28 July 1996 12 12
Points Race, Women Olympic 28 July 1996 23 23
179 (137/42) 45 (38/25)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Sprint, Men Jens FiedlerGER Marty NothsteinUSA Curt HarnettCAN
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men Florian RousseauFRA Erin HartwellUSA Takanobu JumonjiJPN
Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Andrea CollinelliITA Philippe ErmenaultFRA Brad McGeeAUS
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men FranceFRA Russian FederationRUS AustraliaAUS
Points Race, Men Silvio MartinelloITA Brian WaltonCAN Stuart O'GradyAUS
Sprint, Women Félicia BallangerFRA Michelle FerrisAUS Ingrid HaringaNED
Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Antonella BelluttiITA Marion ClignetFRA Judith ArndtGER
Points Race, Women Nathalie Even-LancienFRA Ingrid HaringaNED Lucy Tyler-SharmanAUS

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
France FRA 4 2 0 6
Italy ITA 3 0 0 3
Germany GER 1 0 1 2
United States USA 0 2 0 2
Australia AUS 0 1 4 5
Canada CAN 0 1 1 2
Netherlands NED 0 1 1 2
Russian Federation RUS 0 1 0 1
Japan JPN 0 0 1 1