Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games: qualification system for cycling events unveiled
Following their approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) respectively, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has published on its website the qualification systems for the cycling events of the 2024 Olympic Games (26 July to 11 August) and Paralympic Games (28 August to 8 September) in Paris (France).
In keeping with its ambition to achieve gender parity, the UCI is pleased to confirm that for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, all cycling competitions will have the same number of male and female athletes on the lists of participants.
For the four Olympic road cycling events (road race and individual time trial for men and women), a total of 180 qualification places (88 places for each gender, plus two per gender for the host country) will be allocated, with a maximum of eight places - four for men and four for women - per National Olympic Committee (NOC). For the road race, a total of 80 qualification places will be allocated based on the UCI Road World Ranking by nations (results recorded in UCI Elite and Under 23 events on the UCI International Calendar during the 52 weeks preceding the end of the 2023 road cycling season). The remaining eight places per gender will be allocated to nations, not qualified via the UCI Road World Ranking by nations, according to their results at the 2023 UCI Road World Championships and 2023 Continental Championships (excluding Europe and Oceania).
For the individual time trials, 35 places for men and 35 places for women are available. For each gender, only NOCs that received places for the road race can be allocated places in the individual time trial (maximum of two athletes per NOC and per gender).
For the 12 Olympic track cycling competitions (keirin, omnium, individual sprint, team pursuit, team sprint and Madison for men and women), 190 qualification places are available: 95 places for men and the same number for women, with a maximum of 14 places per NOC (seven for men and seven for women). These will be allocated based on the UCI Olympic Track Ranking 2022 – 2024, which will be established for each event according to points acquired at the last two editions of the respective Continental Championships, the two best results of the UCI Track Nations Cup in each of the 2023 and 2024 seasons and the 2023 UCI (Elite) Track World Championships.
A total of 72 mountain bike (cross-country) places will be awarded, comprising 34 for the men’s race and 34 for the women’s race, plus four additional places (two per gender): two for the host country and two universality places*.
For BMX Racing, the total quota of 48 places is made up of 22 men and 22 women plus four additional places (two per gender): two for the host country and two universality places*.
The BMX Freestyle qualification documents will be published shortly on the UCI website.
For para-cycling events at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, a quota of 220 places will be allocated (140 men and 80 women). Qualification quotas will be allocated initially according to the 2022 UCI Para-cycling Nations Rankings (47 places for men and 28 places for women) and secondly according to the 2024 UCI Paralympic Ranking (88 places for men and 47 places for women) combining UCI road and track competitions between 1st January 2023 and 30 June 2024. This ranking will include the 2023 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 2023 and 2024 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and the 2023 and 2024 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup. In addition, five eligible male athletes and five eligible female athletes will receive an invitation from the Bipartite Commission.
Publication dates of the final UCI rankings of the different Olympic and Paralympic disciplines:
Road cycling**: October 2023
Track***: 15 April 2024
Mountain bike: 28 May 2024
BMX Racing: 4 June 2024
Para-cycling road and track: 1st July 2024
The confirmation date for the BMX Freestyle quotas will be announced shortly.
Qualification system for cycling events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games:
BMX Freestyle to be published soon.
Qualification system for cycling events at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games:
Para-cycling road and track (page 48)
All information on the cycling events of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is available on the UCI website.
*Universality places: quotas that promote the development of sport and offer equal opportunities to emerging countries.
**The exact date will be communicated on the UCI website following the publication of the 2023 UCI Road International Calendar.
***At the end of each event, the UCI will publish the results on the UCI website and update the corresponding UCI Olympic Track Ranking.
The original press release can be found here : https://www.uci.org/pressrelease/paris-2024-olympic-and-paralympic-games-qualification-system-for-cycling/5oZhB8SeDY0scEw88HmAeA