BET-IBC is delighted to announce that Hong Kong will host the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
It is an annual event full of races for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling. The Championships are regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the event will be held between 12-16 April at the Hong Kong Velodrome. This is the second time that Asia hosted the event and rightfully so if the words of UCI president Brian Cookson are an indication: “I am delighted that the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Hong Kong”.
The Hong Kong Velodrome has a 250-metre cycling track and spectator facilities for 3,000 people. Its wavy rooftop design is inspired by cycling helmets, making it the perfect destination for cycling fanatics. Since London 2012 when Hong Kong won its first ever Olympic medal in cycling with Lee Wai Sze in the women’s Keirin, Hong Kong has progressed steadily in the sport and a venue like the Velodrome would be the result of such a progress and it would definitely be in the minds of UCI to organize an event of such magnitude there.
However it is not the only issue for awarding the Championships there. The real issue is depicted in the words of Hung-Tak Leung, Chairman of the Cycling Association of Hong Kong: “hosting the UCI World Championships will further arouse interest in track cycling among the public and help identify talents for the team.”
Velodrome has been developing great acceptance from the numerous athletes that have been training there but it is also the perfect place for amateurs to engorge themselves into the sport and perhaps take the next steps into producing the next champions. And this is the hope of the organizers.
The events to pay attention to include: time trial, keirin, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint, team sprint, omnium and, for men only, the madison.
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