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2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup: All you need to know

2016/17 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
2016/17 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

2016/17 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

 

Presentation of the rounds

Glasgow

The Scottish city of Glasgow (GBR) will host the opening round of the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup this weekend (November 4-6).  This will be the second time that Glasgow hosts the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, after a successful introduction in the 2012-2013 season.  Glasgow has also hosted the Commonwealth Games (2014), UCI Junior Track World Championships (2013) and, over a century ago, in 1897, the Track Cycling World Championships.  Racing will be held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named in honour of Scotland's most decorated track cyclist.  Glasgow will also be the site of the first ever Women's Madison at World Cup competition.

Apeldoorn

One week after the opening round in Glasgow, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumes in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands (November 11-13).  This will be the first time Apeldoorn hosts a round of the UCI World Cup.  The new Omnisport Apeldoorn facility replaces the track that was used for the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and is a complex comprising a unique cycling and athletics hall, a professional sports hall, business lounge, restaurant and sports café. Omnisport is already the home base for top Dutch sports teams and is the only Dutch venue to meet international standards for European and UCI World Championships in track cycling and athletics.

Cali

After a three-month hiatus, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumes in Cali, Colombia, on February 17-19, 2017.  Cali has a long history of hosting international competition:  it is the 14th time the UCI World Cup comes to the Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome.  The Colombian city also hosted the UCI World Championships for the discipline in 2014.  Cali will be the only World Cup round of the season to offer both the women's and men's Omnium at the same event, as competition builds towards the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Los Angeles

The 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup concludes in Los Angeles, USA, with the fourth and final round on February 25-26, 2017.  This is the fifth time that Los Angeles will host the World Cup at the Velo Sports Center, in the StubHub Center sports complex.  Los Angeles has also hosted UCI World Championships for track on two occasions - for Juniors in 2004 and Elite athletes in 2005.  This will also be the final major competition before the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, to be held in Hong Kong on April 12-16.

 

A look at the track specialities

The number of Tissot UCI World Cup titles up for grabs doubles this year from five to ten for both men and women. New to the programme: Scratch race, points race, 1km/500m time trial, individual pursuit and Madison, although not all specialities will be raced at every World Cup round. The introduction of the Women’s Madison is particularly interesting at this level, and is just one of the regulation changes made to track cycling this season to render it even more exciting and spectator-friendly.

Sprint events

Individual sprint
Qualification 200m time trials are followed by knockout heats of 3 laps that select the best two riders to line up against each other in the final. Riders sometimes come to a standstill to make their opponent take the lead – the least advantageous position before the final sprint to the finish line.

Team sprint 
This is raced by teams of three over three laps of the track (for women, two riders over two laps). Two teams start on opposite sides of the track, with each rider leading for a lap before peeling off. The final remaining rider for each team sprints for the finish to establish the team’s time.

Kilometre (500m for women)
Two athletes ride simultaneously during qualifications with the 8 fastest going through to the finals. The finals are raced as an individual time trial from a standing start. The competitor with the fastest time is the winner.

Keirin 
Riders follow in the slipstream of a pacing motorbike for 750m before undertaking a three-lap sprint to the end. The motorbike gradually increases the speed from 30 to 50 km/h before pulling off the track to allow the sprint to begin.

Endurance events

Individual pursuit
Two riders start on opposite sides of the track and compete over 4km (3km for women). The winner is the rider who manages to catch his/her opponent or who records the fastest time.

Team pursuit 
Two teams of four riders start on opposite sides of the track and compete over 4km. The winning team is the one that manages to catch its opponents or that records the fastest time.

Points race
This is a bunch-start race of around 25km for women and 40km for men. Riders can gain points during sprints (one every 10 laps on a 250m track) and by lapping the rest of the field (+20 points). The final result is calculated according to the number of points won. Points awarded in the last sprint after the full distance are doubled (10 points, 6 points, 4 points, 2 points).

Madison
Teams of two riders take part in this relay race contested by means of intermediary sprints (every 10 laps). While one team member races, the other slows down to take a rest before being thrown back into the action with a hand sling from his/her team mate. The classification is calculated according to the number of points won. As with the points race, any team that gains a lap on the main bunch is awarded 20 points, while any team that is lapped by the bunch has 20 points deducted. Points awarded in the last sprint after the full distance are doubled (10 points, 6 points, 4 points, 2 points).

Scratch race
This is a mass-start race for individual riders over 15km for men and 10km for women. The first lap is neutralised.

Combined event

Omnium
Formerly made up of 6 events disputed over 2 consecutive days, this year the Omnium will comprise four endurance events raced on the same day: Scratch race, tempo race, elimination and points race. Riders must show consistency throughout the day to have a chance of topping the final classification.

The tempo race is new to the Omnium, and its rules are similar to those of the points race. After the first five laps, intermediate sprints occur every lap with one point awarded to the first rider. Riders also gain points for lapping the main bunch, while riders caught by the main peloton must leave the track and lose all their points.

Learn more about the disciplines (videos).

 

Riders to follow

Below are some of this year's main contenders, and the highlights of their 2015-2016 track season.

Women

Omnium

Laura Kenny (GBR)
Olympic Champion
UCI World Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong

Team Pursuit

Great Britain
Olympic Champion
World Record Holder
2nd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
3rd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali

Canada
Overall UCI Track Cycling World Cup winner
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
2nd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge (NZL)

Team Sprint

China
Olympic Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge
Overall UCI Track Cycling World Cup winner

Sprint

Kristina Vogel (GER)
Olympic Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge

Tianshi Zhong (CHN)
UCI World Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali

Keirin

Elis Ligtlee (NED)
Olympic Champion
European Champion

Men

Omnium

Elia Viviani (ITA)
Olympic Champion
3rd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
4th – UCI World Championships

Thomas Boudat (FRA)
European Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
5th – Olympic Games

Team Pursuit

Great Britain
Olympic Champion
World Record Holder
3rd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong

Australia
Overall UCI Track Cycling World Cup winner
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
3rd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali

Team Sprint

Great Britain
Olympic Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong

New Zealand
UCI World Champion
2nd – Olympic Games
2nd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge

Sprint

Jason Kenny (GBR)
Olympic Champion
UCI World Champion
3rd – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong

Matthew Glaetzer (AUS)
2nd – UCI World Championships
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge
4th – Olympic Games

Keirin

Joachim Eilers (GER)
UCI World Champion
1st – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge
4th – Olympic Games

Jason Kenny (GBR)
Olympic Champion
5th – UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cambridge
6th – UCI World Championships

2016/17 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

The 2015-2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at a glance

The winners

Men
• Individual sprint: Damian Zielinski (POL)
• Team pursuit: Australia
• Team sprint: Great Britain
• Keirin: Joachim Eilers (GER)
• Omnium: Thomas Boudat (FRA)

Women
• Individual sprint: Shuang Guo (CHN)
• Team pursuit: Canada
• Team sprint: China
• Keirin: Shuang Guo (CHN)
• Omnium: Kirsten Wild (NED)

 

The series

3 events
3 countries
3 continents
307 riders on average per round

 

TV coverage

The 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be broadcasted live on TV.UCI.CH (geo-blocking applies). Information on TV broadcast is available here.

 

Social Media

All the latest news from the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on Twitter @UCI_Track and get involved using #TissotUCITrackWC

 

World Cup partner

Tissot

The UCI’s longstanding partnership with Tissot has been extended and strengthened, with the Swiss watchmaker becoming the first “UCI World Cycling Partner.” Tissot, a company of the Swatch Group, has been a partner of the UCI since 1995. The current agreement runs through to 2020, ensuring at least a quarter of a century of collaboration. Tissot remains the UCI’s exclusive Official Timekeeper for the totality of it events and disciplines. As far as track cycling is concerned, Tissot becomes the first ever title sponsor of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and the first presenting partner of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships. The new agreement takes immediate effect, starting with the opening round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup. In addition, Tissot will be the presenting sponsor of all future attempts at the UCI Hour Record. Tissot's status in track cycling responds perfectly to the discipline's requirements for reliability and innovation, which are essential in events where the difference between victory and defeat can be fractions of seconds.

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