The race is conducted over eight laps of the track. Riders compete in a sprint after following a motorised pacer who leaves the track just over 600 metres before the finish.
Riders line up along the start line, their positions drawn by lot. The motorbike approaches on the inside lane and as it passes the start line, the rider on the inside must take up position behind the derny unless another rider takes the position first.
The motorbike crosses the start line at a pace of 30km/h (25km/h in the women’s race) and achieves a maximum speed of 50km/h (45km/h in the women’s race), with the riders pacing behind.
With 2.5 laps of the track left to go the pacer pulls off and the riders sprint for the finish. The first rider to cross the line is the winner.
The event starts with heats (with repechages), with the best 12 riders progressing to the second round. The top six riders go through from the second round to the final, with the bottom six competing again for 7th–12th place rankings.
For a complete set of rules, please refer to the website of the International Cycling Union (UCI), governing body for the sport.