Riders obtain a seeding through a qualifying 200 metre flying time trial. From here they go head to head in a best of three format with the fastest versus slowest and so on.
Essentially a game of cat and mouse, this event is a very tactical single kilometre of cycling between two opposing cyclists. The “sprint” part of the Individual Sprint doesn’t come into play until the final timed 200 metre section. This means the start is all about tactical play, with the lead rider often dictating the progression of events.
Riders can stop and start but there can be no backward movement. The first person across the line, wins. It’s best of three races back to back to determine who will progress to the next round and ultimately the podium.