Set in motion in spring, the reforms to track cycling have already produced some encouraging results. The number of events listed on the UCI 2013-2014 calendar has almost quadrupled in comparison to 2012 â€“ 2013. Every continent is represented, including Africa which has the necessary facilities in Cape Town, South Africa. The season has, as a result, become more intense : the track riders will compete more often and the public will have far more opportunities to see the stars of this discipline in action.
The track cycling reforms are based on a simple criterion : to earn the right to ride in the UCI World Championships, a nation must qualify at UCI World Cup rounds and to reach the UCI World Cup, they must win points in the UCI events.
The result is track cyclists setting out to win as many points as possible. To assist them, their National Federations have registered new events on the UCI International calendar for 2013-2014, which started just after the Track World Championships in Minsk (Belarus) in February.
"With the revision of the rules, track cycling will grow in importance across the planet", explains Gilles Peruzzi, UCI Track Coordinator. "The riders, especially the best in the discipline, will compete for a full season, not just a World Championship or the Olympic Games. The spectators, the organisers and the media will all appreciate this new dynamic."