After Team GB’s huge success in cycling at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, it’s now time to focus on Paralympics GB and get excited for what’s in store for the athletes.
14 cyclists alongside six pilots have been selected from Great Britain Cycling Team’s Para squad to compete at the games. Seven are making their Olympic debuts, but the rest of the team are returning to defend the 21 medals they won at Rio 2016.
There are a plethora of cycling events taking place across the two weeks of the games, with the track cycling starting on Wednesday 25 August and the road cycling on Tuesday 31 August. Here is our guide to all of the paralympic bike action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
For more information on how the Paralympic cycling events are organised, head to British Cycling for an explainer of the classification system at the games and how athletes are grouped for competition.
Schedule of cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
At this year’s Paralympics, the cycling events get underway on Wednesday 25 August – the day after the opening ceremony – with women’s and men’s track pursuit cycling.
Keep an eye out for Dame Sarah Storey who will be travelling to Tokyo to compete in her eighth Paralympics and defend the three gold medals she won at Rio 2016 in the C5 Individual Pursuit, C5 Time Trial and C4-5 Road Race events.
The road races will then finish up the cycling programme, running from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September.
How to watch the Tokyo Paralympics
Channel 4 will be broadcasting over 300 hours of Paralympics TV coverage in the UK, available to watch on Channel 4 and More4. You will also be able to stream events live via the Channel 4 Paralympics webpage. BBC Radio will air audio coverage.
In the US, NBC will broadcast cycling coverage online and on some of its channels as well as on the NBC Sports app and Peacock streaming service.
Paralympic track cycling events (25–28 August)
Paralympic cycling kicks off with a whole host of track cycling events, all held at the Izu Velodrome.
The racing starts with the Women’s Individual C1-2-3, C4 and C5 Pursuit and Men’s Individual B Pursuit on Wednesday 25 August.
There are 17 medal events in all over the four days of racing, finishing up on Saturday 28 September with the Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint gold race.
- Wednesday 25 August: Women’s Individual C1-2-3 Pursuit qualification and finals; Women’s Individual C4 Pursuit qualification and finals; Women’s Individual C5 Pursuit qualification and finals; and Men’s Individual B 4,000m Pursuit qualification and finals.
- Thursday 26 August: Women’s Individual B 1km Time Trial finals; Men’s Individual C1 Pursuit qualification and finals; Men’s Individual C2 Pursuit qualification and finals; Men’s Individual C3 Pursuit qualification and finals; Men’s Individual C4-5 1km Time Trial finals.
- Friday 27 August: Women’s Individual C1-2-3 500m Time Trial finals; Men’s Individual C4 Pursuit qualification and finals; Men’s Individual C5 Pursuit qualification and finals; Men’s Individual C1-2-3 1km Time Trial finals; Women’s Individual C4-5 500m Time Trial finals.
- Saturday 28 August: Women’s Individual B Pursuit qualification and finals; Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint qualification and finals; Men’s Individual B 1km Time Trial finals.
Paralympic road time trial (31 August)
There are 18 time-trial gold medals up for grabs on the Fuji International Speedway and the action will take place on Tuesday 31 August, with coverage starting at 8am local time (12am UK time) and finishing at 5.15pm (9.15am UK time).
The categories racing throughout the day are:
- Female: H1-2-3, H4-5, C1-2-3, C4, C5, B, T1-2
- Male: H2, H3, H4, H5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, B, T1-2
Paralympic road cycling (1–3 September)
Wednesday 1 September to Friday 3 September sees the men’s and women’s road races take place.
Steve Bate and pilot Adam Duggleby will be looking to better their road race bronze medal from Rio, while Dame Sarah Storey will be looking to defend her title in the C4-5 Road Race.
Jaco van Gass, who will be making his Paralympics debut competing in five events, will be racing the men’s C1-3 Road Race.
- Wednesday 1 September: Men’s H5 Road Race; Men’s H1-2 Road Race; Women’s H5 Road Race; Women’s H1-4 Road Race; Men’s H4 Road Race; Men’s H3 Road Race.
- Thursday 2 September: Women’s C4-5 Road Race; Men’s C1-3 Road Race; Men’s T1-2 Road Race; Women’s T1-2 Road Race; Mixed H1-5 Team Relay
- Friday 3 September: Men’s C4-5 Road Race; Women’s C1-3 Road Race; Women’s B Road Race; Men’s B Road Race