Everything you need to know about the World Track Championships this week


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World Track Championships in October?

Yes, welcome to the new world of track racing.

For decades, track racing has long been a winter pursuit, something that has turned the wheels in the sport during the dormant months when road racing is in its off-season slumber.

That changes this week in what is a staple in track cycling.

The UCI and Eurosport are also rolling out a new five-round series of track cycling events that will run from November through December as part of a new campaign to add spice to track cycling.

Read also : UCI to reshape track cycling

Here is what awaits you for the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships:

Or: Velodrome Jean-Stablinski, Roubaix, France

When: October 20-24

What is at stake: Rainbow jerseys will be awarded in 22 events (two more than in Berlin 2020)

The events: Scratching race; individual and team sprints; individual and team pursuits; Keirin; points race; omnium; against the watch; Madison and the elimination race.

What’s new: The elimination race will be a world title event for the first time, and the women’s team sprint will be with three riders per team instead of two, meaning that men and women will fight for the same number of medals.

Who is racing: Among the peloton, 18 runners won gold medals on the Izu boards at the Tokyo Olympics. Harrie Lavreysen, the only runner to win two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 velodrome, will compete in the race, alongside US gold medalist Jennifer Valente. She will compete in the Open, the scratch race and the points race (she won silver in both events at Berlin 2020), and is a substitute at Madison.

Why Roubaix? The world championships were originally scheduled for Turkmenistan, but officials said complications from COVID-19 forced the UCI to change venues for the event.

The last worlds: These worlds are the first since the 2020 worlds in Berlin in February, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped running around the world.

Why move in October? The UCI has juggled its world calendar as part of a larger overhaul of track cycling. There will still be World Cup competitions and the World Championships will continue to be scheduled ahead of the Olympics in the years of the Olympic cycle, but the World Track Championships will now be staged in October.

A new series: The UCI, in collaboration with Eurosport, will launch its new UCI Track Champions League in November and December. The five-stage series will feature a mix of sprint and endurance races in a format suitable for television that will be broadcast live in what funders hope will be a way to rekindle interest in track cycling.


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