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.

What's on

Thursday 2 September

No events

Friday 3 September


11:30am - 4:30pm

Manchester Velodrome

Saturday 4 September

Street sprints

9am - 3:30pm

Loughborough University Campus

Watch Live

Sunday 5 September

No events


Friday 3 September 2021

Manchester Velodrome
11:00 Track Warm Up
11:30 Female Team Sprint
11:50 Male Team Sprint
12:10 Female Scratch
12:30 Male Scratch
12:50 Break VCs AM Session
13:10 Female Keirin Heats
13:30 Male Keirin Heats
14:00 Female Madison
14:30 Female Keirin Finals
14:50 Male Keirin Finals
15:20 Male Madison
15:50 Female Team Pursuit Finals
16:20 Male Team Pursuit Finals

Saturday 4 September 2021

Loughborough University
08:00 Course Practice
08:25 All Riders Qualification
09:00 Girls Heats
09:30 Boys Heats
10:00 Girls Final
10:30 Boys Final
12:00 Girls Team Crits Course Practice
12:20 Boys Team Crits Course Practice
13:00 Girls Race #1
13:20 Boys Race #1
14:00 Girls Race #2
14:20 Boys Race #2
15:00 Girls Race #3
15:20 Boys Race #3
15:45 Victory Ceremonies

Sunday 5 September 2021

Slawston Road Circuit
09:30 Girls Road Race Circuit
13:00 Boys Road Race Circuit
15:30 Presentations

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.