Road cycling explained (Part one)

Find out everything you need to know about the cycling road race events at London 2012 - from the rules of the sport, to the course it will feature in, to the equipment required.

Approximately two million people in Britain cycle at least once a week, and there are more than 80,000 members of cycling clubs. Training days and taster schemes are run for people of all ages and abilities throughout the year.

Visit the London 2012 schedule and results page on the BBC Sport website to find out details of when the Olympic road cycling events are taking place, and where you can watch them.

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