LONDON (Reuters) – Six iconic velodromes will host the inaugural UCI Observe Champions League subsequent yr as a part of biking’s governing physique the UCI’s revamp of the season.
First introduced in March as a World League happening in 2021 and 2022, the brand new format will as an alternative be staged over six successive weekends on the finish of subsequent yr.
The UCI, in partnership with broadcaster Eurosport, hope the Champions League that includes the world’s finest dash and endurance riders will assist broaden monitor biking’s world TV fanbase exterior of its conventional following.
“From November to December 2021, the UCI Observe Champions League will deliver collectively the world’s finest sprinters and endurance specialists over six intently spaced weekends in brief codecs,” UCI President David Lappartient mentioned in a press release.
“The brand new monitor competitors guarantees to deliver a breath of recent air to a historic self-discipline of our sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Video games.”
Every of the six occasions at as but unspecified venues will final round two hours and have 4 disciplines for women and men — particular person dash, keirin, elimination race and scratch race.
The 9 best-placed riders in particular person dash and keirin, in addition to all medallists of bunch races on the UCI Observe Biking World Championships in Turkmenistan in October will achieve choice for the UCI Champions League.
Athletes will probably be kitted out in jerseys impressed by their nationwide flags, whereas the reigning world champions for the occasions will put on rainbow jerseys.
British dash king Chris Hoy and German monitor nice Kristina Vogel will act as ambassadors for the brand new occasion.
“The imaginative and prescient is an thrilling one: to create a race that isn’t solely going to be a tremendous sporting spectacle, however that can draw monitor cyclists from throughout over the world to tackle the last word excessive stakes problem,” two-time Olympic champion Vogel mentioned.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Enhancing by Toby Davis)