Returning to the School Games with a new-look competition. This year with the combination of two cycling disciplines across the competition it will prove to be a real test of all round skills. Paracycling will be included once again demonstrating the School Games commitment to disabled sport.

Track cycling is predominately held in specially built banked tracks, known as velodromes. There are different types of races – including a straight sprint, or more complex variations that involve catching up to or overtaking an opponent within a set time. 

Road cycling is the more traditional format with the winner being the first to cross the line. Races are usually over much longer distances and are a test of stamina as much as they are speed and skill. Both variations will be seen at this year's School Games which should make for a hugely entertaining competition.

Cycling has been in every Olympic Games, dating back to 1896. Team GB has won 87 medals, 32 of which were gold, making us the third most successful Olympic nation in the sport behind France and Italy. 

The three most successful Olympic cyclists ever are also British – Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny have won 22 medals between them, including 17 golds. Paralympics GB have also enjoyed plenty of success in cycling. In Rio we won 21 medals, 12 of which were gold, narrowly failing to surpass the 22 medals we won four years earlier in London.

Selection criteria

For more information regarding selection for 2021 School Games please visit the British Cycling website and select your respective British Cycling region. From there you will be able find out more information on regional activities and board members. Enquiries around School Games selection can be addressed to regions via the ‘About your Region’ link.

Cycling at the 2021 School Games


This will be a fast paced day at Derby Arena with riders tested in a variety of bunch races including the scratch race and elimination race, when off the bike, riders will be challenged as a team with their mechanic skills, who will be the fastest team to strip their bike and rebuild it.

Street Sprints

On campus at Loughborough University will see the return of the famous street sprints as seen at School Games in 2018. Riders will push the limits to set the fastest time in an individual time trial sprint, riders will then (based on their qualifying time) be put up against 3 other riders where they will race it out for the line, all riders moving around in a ladder format, get it right and riders will move up, get it wrong and down the ladder you go.

Road race

Returning as one of the successful events of 2017 sees an opportunity for riders to battle it out in a road race. The route is based around Slawston, a village in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, north-east of Market Harborough. It is less than an hour away from the School Games base, Loughborough University. The course will be fast, flat technical and have the odd lump, this course will suit all types of riders from sit in sprinters to breakaway opportunists.


Friday 3 September 2021

Manchester Velodrome
10:00-17:00 Track Skills & Short Racing

Saturday 4 September 2021

Loughborough University
08:00-11:00 Street Sprints
12:30 Male Crit Race
13:45 Female Crit Race
15:00 Para Crit Race

Sunday 5 September 2021

Slawston Road Circuit
09:30 Female Road Race Circuit
12:15 Para Road Race Circuit
13:00 Male Road Race Circuit
15:15 Presentation

Did you know?

  • Youth riders racing in Britain race on gear restricted bikes, this means that bikes only have so many gears that the athletes can use when racing, this helps the development of young athletes as well as putting all riders on a level playing field.
  • Track bikes don’t have any brakes and use a fixed wheel meaning that when you stop pedalling the bike slows or stops.
  • There are only five 250m velodromes in the UK – Scotland, Manchester, Derby, Newport and London. Road Races may take place on ‘open roads’, closed roads, or purpose built circuits. All Youth racing must take place on closed roads or circuits that are closed to other users.
  • Road Cycling first formed part of the School Games back in 2010. Two-time Junior Road World Champion Lucy Garner competed as part of the East Midlands Team in this event along with the track event the year previous.