Track Cycling Events Vol. 1: UCI Track Cycling World Championships

9 Sep

In order for one to learn more about track cycling, it is best to know which events to follow. Some high profile events feature the most skilled track cyclists and generally turn out to be a more exciting and exhilarating experience as compared to other events. Not only that if you can actually spend money to buy tickets to an event, you should be familiar with the events and what to expect from it. Experiencing the sport live is actually much more exciting than just watching the action unfold on TV or in the web.

In our opinion, the most well attended, organized and high profile track cycling event will have to be the UCI Track Cycling World Championships. As the name implies, this event is regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The event is also hosted yearly by different countries each year.

So what are the events in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships? Time trial, keirin, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint, team sprint, omnium and, for men only, madison. Women’s events are shorter than men’s. Events which are no longer held include motor paced and tandem events.

World championships were first held in 1893 in Chicago, under the International Cycling Association (ICA) which was the UCI’s predecessor. They were for amateurs. Separate professional races were held from 1895, in Copenhagen. Amateurs and professionals competed in separate events until 1993, after which they have raced together in “open” races. Championships are open to riders selected by their national cycling association. They compete in the colours of their country.

The winner of ICA championships received a gold medal. The UCI awards a gold medal and a white jersey with rainbow-like bands to the winner and silver and bronze medals to the second and third. World champions wear their rainbow jersey until the following year’s championship, but they may wear it only in the type of event in which they won it. Former champions can wear rainbow cuffs to their everyday jerseys.

World track championships are allocated to different countries each year. They are run by that country’s national cycling association, although the judges are provided by the UCI.

The most recent UCI Track World Cup was held in Denmark in Ballerup Super Arena, Ballerup. In 2011, the event will be held in the Omnisport Apeldoom, Apeldoom, the Netherlands. In 2012, the event will be held in Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia. So there goes your vacation plans for the years 2011 and 2012.

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