UEC European Track Championships (under-23 & junior)

The European Track Cycling Championships (under-23 & junior) are a set of competition events held annually for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling, exclusively for European cyclists under the ages of 23 and 18, and regulated by the European Cycling Union (UEC). They were first held in their current format in 2010, when a competition for elite level cyclists was devised and held for the first time following an overhaul of European track cycling.

Prior to 2010, similar age group championships were held for many years under the title of European Track Championships, a title now used solely for the elite championships. The Under 23 and Junior championships thereafter were run as an annual separate event under their current name.

In line with cycling tradition, winners of an event at the championships are presented with, in addition to the gold medal, a special, identifiable jersey. This UEC European Champion jersey is a blue jersey with gold European stars.

HistoryEdit

Age group championshipsEdit

Prior to 2010, championship events were run simply as European Track Championships, but solely for junior and under-23 cyclists. The 2010 event is recognised as the first elite level senior championships. Since 2010, the separate annual European championships for under-23 and junior riders have continued, described explicitly as such.

European Track Cycling Championships have, however, been held for junior and under-23 athletes for a long time, though records in earlier editions are incomplete. They provided useful experience for young riders with winners automatically qualifying to compete at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in which no age limit applied, and the world's best track cyclists competed.[1]

Events includedEdit

Current events for juniors: time trial, keirin, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race, scratch race, sprint, team sprint and, for men only, the madison. Women's events are as a general rule, shorter than men's, although the women's Team Pursuit was recently increased in length and number of riders to improve parity.

Championships are open to riders selected by their national cycling governing body. They compete in the colours of their country.

CompetitionsEdit

 
Hosts of European Track Championships
Number Year Location Events
as UEC European Track Championships
1 2001 Brno, Czech Republic (Under 23)
Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy (Junior)
24
2 2002 Buttgen, Germany 27
3 2003 Moscow, Russia 32
4 2004 Valencia, Spain 32
5 2005 Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy 32
6 2006 Athens, Greece 29
7 2007 Cottbus, Germany 30
8 2008 Pruszków, Poland 34
9 2009 Minsk, Belarus 33
as European Track Championships (under-23 & junior)
10 2010 Saint Petersburg, Russia 38
11 2011 Anadia, Portugal 38
12 2012 Anadia, Portugal 38
13 2013 Anadia, Portugal 38
14 2014 Anadia, Portugal 38
15 2015 Athens, Greece 38
16 2016 Montichiari, Italy 38
17 2017 Sangalhos, Portugal 44
18 2018 Aigle, Switzerland 44
19 2019 Ghent, Belgium 44
20 2020 Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy 44

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UK European Track Championships team". Cycling News. 2001-07-11. Retrieved 2008-09-11.

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