4 Best Bets for Olympic Cycling Track Events in Tokyo
Ready to bet on cycling at the Olympics? BMX, mountain biking, and road cycling dominate the early action in Tokyo, but the focus here is to dive into the track events taking place from August 2-8.
There are 12 events in all, with men’s and women’s events for each of the following.
- Team Pursuit
- Team Sprint
Most betting sites have posted lines for some of these events; BetUS has delivered odds for all of the cycling track events slated for the Tokyo Games. With that in mind, here are my best Olympic cycling betting picks for the track events.
Harrie Lavreysen to Win Men’s Sprint (-160)
In track cycling sprint events, it’s usually the fastest cycler who wins the race. Is there anyone faster on a cycle than Harrie Lavreysen?
The 24-year-old Dutchman has racked up an impressive list of accolades, with the majority of his production coming in sprint events.
Harrie is also the favorite to take home the gold in keirin, but that event is a little bit more of a crapshoot. Instead, lock Lavreysen in to win the Men’s individual sprint, and you should be cashing a ticket on August 6th.
Emma Hinze to Win Women’s Keirin (+200)
Lee Wai Sze was long hailed as the fastest women’s cycler in the world. However, that title has been stripped from her possession ever since Emma Hinze burst onto the scene. At the 2020 World Championships in Berlin, here’s how the German sensation asserted herself.
- Individual Sprint – Gold Medal
- Keirin – Gold Medal
- Team Sprint – Gold Medal
Specifically in the keirin, the 22-year-old (now 23 years old) grabbed the lead with two laps two go and never relinquished her position. Between her tactics and her acceleration, she was simply too fast to catch.
Kinze has only gotten stronger in her Olympic preparation; +200 odds to scoop the title are too juicy to pass on.
Benjamin Thomas to Win Men’s Omnium (-160)
Staying on theme with touting winners from the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Berlin, Frenchmen Benjamin Thomas seeks another gold medal in an omnium event. Jan Willem van Schip and Matthew Walls (silver and bronze medal winners in omnium at Berlin) will once again pose as the biggest threats to Thomas’ throne but look for Benjamin to rise above.
Also worth noting, Benjamin Thomas crushed his rivals at omnium in a race in an April track meeting in Belgian. The guy is on a mission to win a gold medal in Tokyo; a -160 price tag isn’t going to scare me away.
Yumi Kajihara to Win Women’s Omnium (+200)
To quickly bring you up to speed on the women’s omnium event, five riders will compete in four events.
- Scratch Race
- Tempo Race
- Elimination Race
- Points Race
You can track down more details on the omnium format here, but here’s the key. When it comes to betting on Olympic cycling, do not fade Yumi Kajihara in omnium.
Not only is the Saitama native right at home for these Summer Games, but she’s been utterly dominant anytime she races omnium. She’s won four straight omnium titles in the Asian Championships (2017-2020), plus she won gold on the international stage in Berlin in 2020.
Back in May, at the UCI Track Cycling of Hong Kong, Yumi coasted to the victory in omnium, leaving all competitors in the dust.
More Olympic Cycling Betting Tips
These are my top betting picks for Olympic cycling track events in Tokyo. For those of you who want to dabble in some of the other cycling events, Jerry Summer delivers the goods with this Olympic cycling road race betting preview.
There are also mountain bike and BMX events to tackle, as well as the madison race, team sprints, and team pursuits taking place inside the velodrome. For a comprehensive look at betting on cycling at the Olympics, refer to the following guide.