|Dates||15 – 19 August 2008|
In 2008, cycling added a fourth discipline to its Olympic Program with BMX racing for men and women. To make room for the extra events, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) felt compelled to drop some track events so the popular men’s kilometre time trial and the women’s 500 metre time trial lost out. The men’s kilometre time trial had been an Olympic event since 1928, and there were some initial protests from cyclists, but at Beijing there was little mention of its Olympic demise. The track events were held at the Laoshan Velodrome, an indoor facility with a 250-metre wooden-surface track with 45° banked curves and 13° banked straights.
The story of the 2008 Olympic cycling was the performance of Great Britain’s cycling team. Led by Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals in the sprint, keirin, and team sprint, the nation won seven track cycling gold medals. This was the result of a concentrated effort by the British cycling federation, which nationalized the cycling program, and had also resulted in many medals at the Worlds and other international events.
Bradley Wiggins defended his title in the individual pursuit, and led Britain to the team pursuit gold. He would finish his Olympic career in 2016 with eight medals and five gold medals, adding golds in the 2012 road time trial and the 2016 team pursuit. Argentina’s Juan Esteban Curuchet won his first Olympic medal, a gold in the Madison, in his sixth Olympic appearance, the first man to ride in six Olympic Games.
Rebecca Romero won gold in the individual pursuit for Britain, which was a shift from her previous Olympic appearance, when she won a silver medal in quadruple sculls rowing at the 2004 Olympics. Britain’s Vicki Pendleton won the women’s sprint. She would return to take silver in the event in 2012 and win the keirin in London. Beijing was the first Olympic appearance for the Netherlands’ Marianne Vos, considered by many as the greatest women’s cyclist ever. She won the points race on the track, and also competed in the road race, finishing sixth, but she would return in London and add a gold in the road race.
|Sprint, Men||Olympic||17 – 19 August 2008||21||15|
|Keirin, Men||Olympic||16 – 16 August 2008||25||16|
|Team Sprint, Men||Olympic||15 – 15 August 2008||41||13|
|Individual Pursuit, 4000 metres, Men||Olympic||15 – 16 August 2008||18||12|
|Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men||Olympic||17 – 18 August 2008||44||10|
|Points Race, Men||Olympic||16 – 16 August 2008||23||23|
|Madison, Men||Olympic||19 – 19 August 2008||32||16|
|Sprint, Women||Olympic||17 – 19 August 2008||12||11|
|Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Women||Olympic||15 – 17 August 2008||13||11|
|Points Race, Women||Olympic||18 – 18 August 2008||22||22|
|176 (137/39)||36 (32/24)|
|Sprint, Men||Chris Hoy||GBR||Jason Kenny||GBR||Mickaël Bourgain||FRA|
|Keirin, Men||Chris Hoy||GBR||Ross Edgar||GBR||Kiyofumi Nagai||JPN|
|Team Sprint, Men||Great Britain||GBR||France||FRA||Germany||GER|
|Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men||Bradley Wiggins||GBR||Hayden Roulston||NZL||Steven Burke||GBR|
|Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men||Great Britain||GBR||Denmark||DEN||New Zealand||NZL|
|Points Race, Men||Joan Llaneras||ESP||Roger Kluge||GER||Chris Newton||GBR|
|Madison, Men||Argentina||ARG||Spain||ESP||Russian Federation||RUS|
|Sprint, Women||Vicki Pendleton||GBR||Anna Meares||AUS||Guo Shuang||CHN|
|Individual Pursuit, Women||Rebecca Romero||GBR||Wendy Houvenaghel||GBR||Lesia Kalytovska||UKR|
|Points Race, Women||Marianne Vos||NED||Yoanka González||CUB||Leire Olaberría||ESP|
|People's Republic of China||CHN||0||0||1||1|