Some track cycling events are held with very little media coverage and fanfare. These ‘small-ish’ events while not featuring the big names of the sport provide experience for young and developing athletes. One of these is the European Track Championships for the Juniors and Under 23s. The events include: time trial, keirin, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint, team sprint and, for men only, the madison. Championships are open to riders selected by their national cycling association. They compete in the colours of their country. In 2010 in a huge overhall of how cyclists qualify for the Olympics the European Championships is now staged as Juniors and elite. The first elite championships will take place at the beginning of November.
We got to witness some of this year’s event which was held in St Petersberg, Russia, through videos and photos sent by our very good friend and colleague Alex. It was very exciting to see young and new athletes in the velodrome knowing that perhaps they may very well be the future of the sport. Again, France and Germany performed extremely well in the events as they always have. A testament to their tried and tested training program for their track cyclists. Also, other countries managed to deliver impressive performances: Italy, Russia, Denmark and the Czech Republic showed what they were capable of and surprised a lot of people.
This overhaul of the Euro track championships indeed has turned into an interesting beast. We can’t be m0re excited to see what the Elite events hold this coming November. We’re already getting the hang of this ‘gallery’ mode and intend to use this to feature photos in bulk rather than singly so here’s a gallery of the recent Euro track Championships.