2020 UCI World Track Championships pres. by Tissot in Berlin from 26 Feb – 1 March
This sport is about tactics, strategy and power surges on 2 wheels! Needing a game plan is just as important as knowing when to sprint, so watching this sport extremely entertaining. Disciplines for men and women include time trial, keirin, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint, omnium. Men have an added discipline to compete in: the Madison.
With the world’s elite descending on Berlin for these 5 days, the schedule is packed in the German capital’s velodrome. Berlin is known as the international media of cycling, hosting a whole series of national and international high-profile events. The track has actually been rebuilt to UCI’s new safety rules in 2017, resulting in the whole track having been relayed with Siberian Wood! The luxury of it all…but, it definitely is a fantastic venue, so if track cycling is your thing, sort yourselves with tickets pronto.
Berlin built its indoor track at the velodrome originally for the Olympic Games in 2000! Designed by internationally renown French architect Dominique Perrault, it is 250m long, its surface is Siberian spruce, it is 2,50m wide and features an inclination of 13 – 45 degrees. Right, techie stuff out the way, the velodrome has hosted many an exciting, high-profile competition apart from the Olympic Games, including the European Track Championship, several World Track Championships and a very authentic, local race, which is known as the Berlin 6-day race.
Welcoming the world with open arms to any occasion, whether it’s Coldplay playing the Olympic Stadium, raving at legendary dance clubs like the Berghain or Watergate, or just enjoying excellent shopping and having a brilliant time in the city that boasts around 3000 lakes, the competing athletes will have to wait until the end of racing, until they can enjoy what else Berlin has to offer.
World Cup Disciplines
The schedule is gruelling, packing in 8 disciplines (time trial, kern, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint and omnium) to be competed in over only 5 days for men’s and women’s racing. Will world records be upheld, titles lost or new ones gained? Track cycling has produced high-profile sports stars like Sir Chris Hoy, who has done masses to publicise the sport and find new fans. He presented GB not just at several of the Olympic Games, but also the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Interesting fact file: he loves speed so much, that he is now in motor sport, racing cars! Take this opportunity to travel to Berlin and find out more about this great city after hours, when all the day’s hard work and excitement on the race track is done with (visitberlin.de)
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