Points race (30km for men, 20km for women): riders score points for sprints which occur every 10 laps (2.5km), and for lapping the field.
Elimination Race: a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps, with the last rider of each sprint eliminated.
The individual pursuit in the omnium:AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
The individual pursuit is no longer an event in itself but lives on in the Omnium
Rules of the omnium
In each event the winner gets one point, the second placed rider gets two points, the third three points, and so on. At the end of all six events the rider with the lowest total score is the winner.
The scratch race sees all riders compete together in 16km (men’s) and 10km (women’s) races:AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill
The scratch race sees all riders compete together in 16km (men’s) and 10km (women’s) races
Omnium in the Olympics
The omnium will make its Olympic debut in London and its inclusion has been controversial. Out has gone the men’s and women’s individual pursuit – Bradley Wiggins’ favoured event – as well as the men’s and women’s points race, and men’s Madison. Team sprint, team pursuit and keirin have been added to the women’s schedule, in a bid to have a more equal spread for both sexes, with the Omnium new for men and women.
The time trial:AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill
Women race two laps of the track during the omnium time trial, with men racing twice the distance