TOKYO — The indignant outcry from the UCI, the global governing body for cycling, and several dozen riders that would be competing in the track cycling events at the Tokyo Olympics was easy to understand.

The original proposal put forth by organizers included a $100 million velodrome to be built in the city, near the heart of the Olympics, allowing athletes to get the full feel of the Summer Games. They would’ve been able to cheer on fellow athletes in other sports, eat in the same facilities and hang out together between competitions.

But organizers soon realized they could cut millions from a ballooning budget if they instead used an existing velodrome near Izu, about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Tokyo — effectively shoving cycling to the

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