— Published 28 April 2021

UCI unveils Champions League format

Patience. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said Tuesday, April 27th, via a press release: the future Champions League in track cycling, announced for November 2021, is taking shape. The international body unveiled the competition format, with six rounds spread over six weeks. Supposed to revive interest in the track, the new event is the result of a partnership between the UCI and the promoter Eurosport Events, with the support of GCN (Global Cycling Network, a channel dedicated to cycling on YouTube). In detail, each round of the Champions League will feature the same racing program. The runners score points over all six rounds in the speed and endurance categories (men and women). Each category has two distinct types of events in which competitors can accumulate points: sprinters will compete in the speed and keirin events, while endurance runners will compete in the elimination and scratch races. Eighteen runners will be able to take part in each category, for a total of 72 runners, with as many men as women. The final classification will be determined by the points awarded to the riders based on their performance in each heat. Parity requires, the amount of prizes will be the same for men and women. Finally, the UCI specifies that 24 riders per gender will be automatically invited on the basis of the results obtained during previous world track championships. The remaining places will be allocated according to the performances achieved at the Tokyo Games, the UCI ranking of the specialties concerned and the wild cards which will be allocated before September 1st, 2021. One unknown remains: the velodromes where the six rounds of this first edition will be contested.