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Cycling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Events: 6

Participants: 161 (161 men and 0 women) from 30 countries
Youngest Participant: PAK Saleem Farooqi (16 years, 121 days)
Oldest Participant: AUS Jim Nestor (36 years, 331 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 5 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (5 medals)


The program was the same as in 1952. The track events were the kilometer time trial, match sprint, tandem match sprint, and the team pursuit, and were held at the 333.33 metre concrete-surfaced Olympic Velodrome. The road event was conducted as a mass start race of 187.73 km., with 11 laps of a 17.0665 km course, in the Broadmeadows section of Melbourne. The team road race consisted of four riders on each team. For the first time, the team event was scored by adding up riders’ placements (ordinals) in the individual event, rather than adding times. This was the last time a team road race was conducted in this format, by passively adding up times or places from the individual road race. In 1960 it would be replaced by the team time trial.