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Cycling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968
Events: 7

Participants: 329 (329 men and 0 women) from 52 countries
Youngest Participant: VNM Trương Kim Hùng (16 years, 321 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Jack Disney (38 years, 128 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FRA Pierre Trentin (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (5 medals)

Overview

The 1968 Olympic cycling program was exactly the same as in 1964. There were five track events – kilometer time trial, match sprint, tandem match sprint, individual pursuit, and team pursuit, all raced at the Agustin Melgar Olympic Velodrome, which had a 333.33 metre wooden track. Because of the rarified air of Ciudad de México, many of the track times were very fast, breaking the existing world records multiple times. This was similar to the World Hour Record, in which riders would often choose to ride at altitude in an attempt to break that hallowed record. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) would eventually differentiate between “sea-level” and “altitude-assisted” records. The individual road race in Mexico was a mass start race of 196.2 km., over the Satellite Circuit. The team time trial was 104 km., with four-man teams, also on the Satellite Circuit. France dominated the track events in 1968, winning four of the five gold medals.

Medalists