Facts & Figures
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup began in May 1993 with the inaugural round in Copenhagen, Denmark. Australia has hosted ten rounds of the series. in 1995 & 1997 (Adelaide), 2002 to 2007 (Sydney) and 2008 & 2009 (Melbourne)
The World Cup ranks only behind the Olympics and World Championships in importance on the International Cycling Calendar.
A total of 16 events will be contested, nine for men and seven for women.
Teams are allowed to enter a maximum of nine men and five women in the event.
The individual with the most points in an event at the end of the series is crowned the World Cup Classics Champion. The individual with the most points in an event at the end of each round wears the World Cup leaders jersey into the next round.
The Winning Nation Trophy is awarded to the country whose riders amass the most points across all events in the five rounds.
The sport of cycling is a truly world sport. 167 National Federations and five Continental Confederations are registered with the UCI (International Cycling Union). The sport has evolved to include road, track, mountain bike, artistic, BMX, trials and cyclo-cross for men, women, juniors, masters and athletes with disabilities.
Bicycles were first developed in the mid-18th century and have long since been used as a form of transport. Originally, the front wheel was much larger than the rear wheel, and the rider was elevated a great deal, making them difficult to control and very dangerous. In 1885, J.K. Starley of England devised the more modern bike with a chain and gearing to allow the wheels to be of equal size. Although bicycle races had been held on the old “penny farthings”, the new bikes stimulated the growth of bicycle racing as a sport.
The first track cycling World Championships were staged in the USA in 1893
UCI was founded on April 14th, 1900 in Paris.
In track cycling, the riders compete on an oval track called a velodrome Modern track cycling features spokeless, carbon-fibre disc wheels, aerodynamic bars, and bike frames light enough to be lifted with one finger.