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2017-2018 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Announced

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This season, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup will comprise five rounds, including several venues that are new to the series. Just a few days out from the opening of competition in Pruszkow, Poland, we take a brief look at what’s in store over the next three months.

Pruszkow, Poland

The Polish city of Pruszkow, situated 15km south-west of the centre of Warsaw, will host the opening round of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on November 4-5. The Pruszkow velodrome opened in 2008 as Poland’s first indoor velodrome, and is home to the Polish Cycling Federation. The track hosted the European Championships for Junior and Under-23 categories in 2008, followed by the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2009 and the Elite European Championships in 2010. Made of Siberian Pine, it has permanent seating for 1,800, with the capacity for 1,500 additional seats. Competition will be held for men and women in the following events at the Pruszkow UCI World Cup round: team pursuit, team sprint, points race, Scratch, individual sprint, Omnium, keirin and Madison. In addition, the women only will compete in the individual pursuit.

Manchester, Great Britain

One week after the opening round in Pruszkow, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumes in Great Britain at Manchester, on November 10-12. The Manchester velodrome is home to the British cycling team, one of the most dominant in track cycling over the past three Olympics. Opened in 1994, the Manchester velodrome has played host to Commonwealth Games (2002), the UCI Track Cycling World Championships three times (1996, 2000 and 2008), UCI Hour Record attempts and multiple rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup – seven going back to 2004. Competitions will be held for men and women in the following events at the Manchester UCI World Cup round: team pursuit, team sprint, Scratch, individual sprint, Omnium, keirin and Madison. In addition, the women only will compete in the 500m time trial.

Milton, Canada

Canada will host the third round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on December 2-3 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, near Toronto. This will be the first time that Canada has hosted a UCI World Cup for the discipline. The Milton velodrome was built for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan Games, and is the home of the Canadian national track team. Milton is the only UCI Class 1 homologated indoor velodrome in Canada. It has held multiple National Championships and smaller international invitational events. Competition will held for men and women in the following events at the Milton round of the UCI World Cup: team pursuit, team sprint, points race, individual sprint, Omnium, keirin and Madison.

Santiago, Chile

From Canada, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup heads to Santiago, Chile for Round 4 on December 9-10. This will be the first time that the World Cup series stops over in Chile. The track, which boasts a stunning backdrop of mountains, was completed in 2013 and hosted the South American Games in 2014. It is the home of Chile’s track team. Competition will be held for men and women in the following events at the Santiago World Cup round: team pursuit, team sprint, individual sprint, Omnium, keirin and Madison.

Minsk, Belarus

The 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will conclude with the fifth and final round in Minsk, Belarus, on January 19-21, 2018. Opened in 2008, the Minsk velodrome is part of the Minsk Arena, a multisport and cultural complex. The venue hosted the European Track Cycling Championships in 2009, and the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2013. It is home to the Belarusian Cycling Federation. Competition will be held for men and women in the following events at the Belarus round of the UCI World Cup: team pursuit, team sprint, Scratch, points race, individual sprint, Omnium, keirin and Madison. In addition, the men only will compete in the individual pursuit.

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