UCI Announces Return to Track Cycling in 2021
3 Jun, 2021
The UCI has confirmed the calendar of the first edition of the 2021 UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, launched as part of a reform of track cycling. The first edition of the series will comprise three rounds, each organized, as planned, on a different continent, with one coming to the USA.
- 3-6 June 2021: Cali (Colombia)
The opening event in Newport, Wales, will be delivered in partnership with UK Sport, the Welsh Government and Newport Live. It is the first elite-level international track cycling event to be held at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales since 2013.
Cycling fans across the world will have the opportunity to watch the event from home, with further details to be confirmed over the coming months. At this stage it is not expected that the event in Wales will be ticketed due to the continuing restrictions on spectating in elite sport.
British Cycling’s Business Services Director, Rod Findlay, said “Due to the international calendar restructure it will be over a year since our riders last donned the Great Britain Cycling Team colors on the track; and coming just two months before Tokyo, the event will be a great indicator of the squad’s preparedness for the Games.
“While the Newport velodrome will be new territory for the majority of the international riders competing, for many of those representing Great Britain it holds fond memories of previous Olympic Games, as it has been the squad’s traditional holding camp base.”
He continued, “Given the continued uncertainty around Covid-19 we are incredibly thankful to UK Sport, Welsh Government and Newport Live for providing us with opportunity to compete on home soil once again at such a vital point of the Olympic cycle.
“The venue does fantastic work to provide opportunities for young riders in Wales to discover track cycling all year round, which is a vital part of our ambition to nurture a new generation of track cyclists at velodromes across the UK and through our club network and talent pathway.”
The launch of the UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup series follows a restructure of the international track cycling calendar by the UCI. The three-round series will take place over three continents and will be followed by the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which will take place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 13-17 October 2021.