The Omnium is track cycling’s multi-discipline event, similar to a heptathlon for cyclists, and is making its Olympic debut in London.
Riders will compete over six different events and their placing in each event will be their points score: one point for first place, two for second and so on. At the end of the six events, the winner is the rider with the lowest overall score.
Team GB’s Ed Clancy and Laura Trott have both been Omnium World Champions, and will be entering the event on a high: Clancy has already won a gold medal in the Team Pursuit, and Trott has set a World Record in the women’s Team Pursuit.
The Omnium takes place over two days and starts with a flying lap, followed by a points race and an elimination race. The following day will see them compete in a scratch race, an individual pursuit and a kilometre time trial. Both Team GB riders excel at the individual events which take place against the clock, and will use them to gain advantages that they can defend in the melee of the mass start races.
The Flying Lap