Cycling World Track Championships in London, UK 2016
The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are coming to London, UK, and will be held at Lee Valley VeloPark from 2 – 6 March 2016. Since the Great Britain Cycling Team’s track success at London 2012, when they took home nine medals, major sessions at Track World Cup events in the UK have been very fast sell outs. This World Track Championships will be a thrilling event that should not be missed as the best cyclists in the world return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, battling for the famous rainbow jerseys and the last qualifying points on offer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The staging of the world championships in the Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will see the world’s best riders return to the venue which hosted track cycling at London 2012. For the worlds’ top cyclists, it will be a chance to compete for the much-coveted rainbow jerseys awarded to world champions. For fans, it is a chance to watch sporting history made and experience the famous velodrome roar which lifted British riders to an amazing nine Olympic medals. For sports betting aficionados, it will be a dream event will many events and competitors attracting some mouth-watering odds.
Publicity and Aims of the Event
Speaking of today’s confirmation, British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director Jonny Clay said that the appetite for top-level international racing has rarely been higher in the UK, and British Cycling as well as the Union Cycliste Internationale confirmed their excitement at hosting the event and that the dates for the 2016 UCI World Track Cycling Championships are confirmed as the March 2 to 6, 2016.
Forming part of UK Sport’s major events programme, which aims to bring 70 world class events to this country by 2019, the track championships will also be a great opportunity for the public to show their support for Great Britain’s cyclists in the final stage of the Olympic qualification process on the road to Rio 2016. For National Lottery funded British Cycling athletes, the event will be the final milestone on the countdown to the Rio Olympics, providing an inspirational send off for the British riders as well as a morale boosting opportunity to perform in front of a home crowd.
International Cycling in General
The Union Cycliste Internationale is the world governing body for cycling recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The UCI’s mission is to develop and promote cycling, in close collaboration with National Federations, as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity or as a means of transport. The UCI governs the eight disciplines of the sport of cycling: road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX, trials, indoor and para.
Four of them are represented at the Olympic Games (road, track, mountain bike and BMX), two at the Paralympic Games (road, track) and three at the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike and BMX). Additionally the UCI promotes a number of its own events, including the UCI Road World Championships, an iconic annual event, and a wide range of other UCI World Championships and World Cups across the various disciplines.