Anyway, it makes totally no sense to have an equal number of men and women starting in cycling events. There's probably like 20 times more males in pro cycling at any level than females and logically this proportion shuold be reflected in the size of men's and women's peletons at the Olympics. The chances for a male pro cyclist to take part in Olympics are 20x lower than for a corresponding female pro cyclist.I had the numbers somewhere but from memory the male peloton will be cut from 150 this time to 90 next time with 90 allocated to the women as well, there will be some extra track places for women's sprint as the teams are going from 2 to 3 and I think the other disciplines are already at parity. The overall number of places allocated to cycling is going down slightly too.
Here's the link, I was mainly right but there are a couple of other changes. Mens track reduced, both MTB reduced and freestyle BMX increased.
Gender parity at its best.