Two months after the huge success of the London Games, track cycling prepares for a new adventure which will propel this discipline toward the next Olympic rendezvous: Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Starting tomorrow, Cali will host the first round of the 2012-2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung. This event is very important for the promotion and development of all the track specialties in Latin America, where the popularity of cycling is constantly increasing.
A traditional and much appreciated destination for the UCI series, the Colombian city will also organize the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2014. Just 15 months beforehand, many of the athletes competing over the next few days will make the most of the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the track.
A total of 149 track cycling specialists (102 men and 47 women) representing 34 countries and five professional teams, will take part in this first round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung.
As always after the Olympic Games, the opening of the new season will see the participation of a large number of young athletes, as the National Federations begin the process of introducing new young talent.
The absence of a few champions who have either retired or decided to take a well deserved but prolonged break from competition, will be balanced out by the enthusiasm and motivation of those fighting to become the new stars of the velodromes. It is for this reason that the 2012-2013 edition of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung â€“ with rounds in Glasgow (Scotland) in November and Aguascalientes (Mexico) in January â€“ will represent an important growth opportunity for all of track cyclingâ€™s young talent.