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Here you can find all information about Union Cycliste International or UCI which is the central governing organization of this sport, as well as about the Track Cycling World Cup and Track Cycling World Championships which are under UCI organization. Besides, you will also quickly find the information on the history of these competitions as well as news on the current competitions and events in the cycling world. Furthermore, this site will be your source for all upcoming cycling events in a year in front of us.
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For all those who are still new to the sport, we will provide below all relevant information concerning the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
UCI Track Cycling World Cup
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup, previously known as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, is a tournament with several different types of racing events. It is held over a track cycling season, which is usually between October and February. Each series of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup include several rounds. Every round is hosted by a different country. This competition is one of the most significant events that can be found in the Track Cycling calendar, along with the World Championships and the Olympic Games which are able to attract more World Ranking points for the cyclists.
This competition is available to all national teams and registered trade teams which contend over a number of track cycling disciplines. The general classification is determined according to the points system with riders or teams gathering points in every discipline competed during each round of the series. It is a well-known rule with the special colored jersey worn by the rider or team with the largest number of points in each discipline. In this case, the greatest number of points brings a white jersey to represent the status of the leader. Furthermore, the World Cup trophy is presented to the nation which has the largest number of points in every discipline at the end of the final round of the series.
The initial round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics which was the name of the competition then was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 1993. Until the 2004/ 2005 season, the series was held over a track cycling season between February and June of each year. After that, the track cycling season was changed to last between October and February. It is also important to mention that the number of rounds within each series has varied, and it is generally between three and six rounds.
The name of the competition as we know today was adopted from the 2011/2012 series.
UCI Track Cycling World Championships
For all those who are not yet introduced to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, we must say that this is a set of various world championship events which includes different disciplines and distances in track cycling. Just like the Track Cycling World Cup, the Track Cycling World Championships are regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale. However, before 1900, championships were under the administration of the UCI’s predecessor, the International Cycling Association (ICA). According to this information, we already know that this sports event goes while back.
First World Championships were first held in 1893, in Chicago and they were for amateurs. Two years later, in 1895 in Cologne, the first separate professional races took place. Both amateurs and professionals participated in separate events until 1993, when they are rejoined to race together in “open” races. The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are open to all riders that have been selected by their national cycling associations.
While the winners of ICA championships received a gold medal, the UCI awards the best riders with a gold medal and a rainbow jersey which is a symbol of his success. In addition, silver and bronze medals are awarded for the riders who made the second best and the third best results. A world champion wears rainbow jersey until the following year’s championship in the type of event in which they won it. Also, a former champion can wear rainbow cuffs to their everyday jerseys as a reminder that he was champion once.
As we already mentioned, these championships are allocated to different countries each year and are mostly run by the national cycling association of those countries. However, the judges are provided by the UCI.
Finally, it is also necessary to mention that there are also championships for young athletes – the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, as well as athletes with a range of disabilities – the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.
Both competitions over the years changed many locations and made great success in those countries, making the cycling one of the most popular sports in the world.
Upcoming events 2017
2017 will bring the final two rounds of UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia, from 17th to 19th February 2017, and Los Angeles, the USA, on 25th and 26th February 2017. The UCI International Track Cycling Calendar for 2016/2017 also includes the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which is going to take place in Hong Kong, China, from 12th to 16th April 2017.
Let´s hope we will all enjoy the rest of the season as well as the events that expect us in the seasons to come.