CYCLING: UCI Track Champions League

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UCI Track Champions League Calendar:

https://www.ucitrackchampionsleague.com/race-calendar

Results: https://www.ucitrackchampionsleague.com/results

Racing Format

  • As the name suggests, the UCI Track Champions League runs as a league format with every round featuring the same race programme. 
  • Riders compete in either the Sprint or Endurance categories and score points across all five rounds.
  • Each category has two different types of races in which competitors can accumulate points: Sprinters race in both Sprint and Keirin while Endurance riders race both Elimination and Scratch.
  • 18 riders can compete in each category, meaning 72 riders will compete in total (36 men and 36 women).
  • Four champions will be awarded: Two men and two women in each category.

Points System

The UCI TCL will feature league tables for each discipline (men’s and women’s) with rankings determined by points allocated to riders for their performance in each Round.

Series1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th
Keirin201715131110987654321
Sprint201715131110987654321
Scratch201715131110987654321
Elimination201715131110987654321

These points will accrue in a league table and the overall winner will be the rider with the most points at the end of the series.

  • The maximum number of points available if a rider wins all races is 200.
  • In the event of a tie in the standings the result will be determined from the previous race – best placed in the last race wins.
  • At the end of each event the current leader will be awarded the leader’s jersey and will wear the jersey at the following event.
  • Prize money is awarded for every race and for the overall standings (see prize money below).
  • UCI points are awarded for every race and for the overall standings (see UCI points below).

There are a whole range of different disciplines in track cycling, each with their own characteristics. However, they can be divided into two main categories:

  • Sprint disciplines such as the individual sprint, the 200 meters and the keirin.
    • Sprint races are generally between 3 and 8 laps in length and focus on raw sprinting power and race tactics over a small number of laps to defeat opponents. Sprint riders will train specifically to compete in races of this length and will not compete in longer endurance races.
    • The Keirin (part of the Olympic program) is an 8 lap race and is defined by its unusual start. Riders sit behind a derny — which is electric these days, but used to be gas powered — for the first 5.5 laps. The derny slowly brings them up to speed, about 45 kph for the women and 50 kph for the men, before releasing them for the final 2.5 laps (There are variations on track lengths)
  • Endurance disciplines such as the pursuit, scratch, elimination and points races.
    • Pursuit racing, is an event in which teams or individuals start on opposite sides of an oval track with the goal of overtaking the opponents
    • A scratch race is a track cycling race in which all riders start together and the objective is simply to be first over the finish line after a certain number of laps. The UCI regulations specify that a scratch race should be held over 15 km for Elite Men and 10 km for Elite Women.
    • Elimination races (Elimination) or “snap-dragon” races in bicycle racing are a form of race wherein during the course of the race, certain participants are eliminated through various criteria. The most common types of elimination races are the miss and out and the win and out. The Omnium event has an elimination race.
    • Point race: Riders accumulate points by winning sprints or taking laps. Every two laps the last rider across the line is eliminated until only the winner remains. Points race: 40km for men, 20km for women. Points awarded at intermediate sprints and by lapping the field.
  • Other Disciplines not represented in this event
    • The Madison is a race where each team aims to complete more laps than any of the other teams. Riders in each team take turns during the race, handing over to another team member, resting, and then returning to the race.
    • Time trial, (“race against the watch”), in bicycle racing, a form of competition in which individual cyclists or teams are sent out at intervals to cover a specified distance on a road course. The contestant with the fastest time for the distance wins
    • Team pursuit (part of the Olympic program) In the team pursuit, two teams of four riders start on opposite sides of the track, racing against each other to be the first to complete 4 km. Riders follow each other in close formation, each taking turns on the front. When the lead rider has completed their turn they peel off the front, swing up the track and then rejoin the team at the rear.

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Race Rounds in the Champions League 2023:

MALLORCA | 21.10.2023 | ROUND 1 | ILLES BALEARS MALLORCA

BERLIN | 28.10.2023 | ROUND 2 | BERLIN VELODROM

SAINT QUENTIN EN YVELINES | 04.11.2023 | ROUND 3 | VÉLODROME NATIONAL

LONDON | 10.11.2023 | ROUND 4 | LEE VALLEY VELOPARK

LONDON | 11.11.2023 | GRAND FINALE | LEE VALLEY VELOPARK

Results:

WINNER CATEGORY WOMENNationPoints
LEAGUE: Sprint
ELLESSE ANDREWSNEW ZEALAND173 PTS
WINNER CATEGORY WOMEN
LEAGUE: Endurance
KATIE ARCHIBALDUNITED KINGDOM160 PTS
WINNER CATEGORY MEN
LEAGUE: Sprint
HARRIE LAVREYSENNETHERLANDS191 PTS
WINNER CATEGORY MEN
LEAGUE: Endurance
DYLAN BIBICCANADA131 PTS

Author: Cyclisto Caffè