Track Cycling World Championships

 

In Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines this week, 19 world titles will be awarded to the best track cyclists in the world. These new World Champions will follow in the footsteps of a long line of athletes who have dominated the sport at different times over more than 120 years.

 

Australian Anna Meares (riding the first lap of the team sprint)  dominates the women’s medals table with 23 medals (10 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze) since 2003 and still counting…

 

So here is a brief history of the championships:

 

  • The first Track Cycling World Championships were held in 1893 in Chicago, USA.

 

  • Founded in 1900, the UCI took over the organisation of the World Championships the same year. They were held in Paris.

 

  • The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are cycling’s oldest World Championships (the first UCI Road World Championships were held in 1921).

 

  • The 1939 edition in Milan, Italy, was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.

 

  • 1958 was the year that women first competed in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships… in Paris.

 

  • That year there were three events for professional men and two for women. Today there are 19 titles up for grabs.

 

  • France hosts the UCI Track Cycling Championships for the 15th time in 2015. The last time was in 2006 in Bordeaux.

 

  • Amateurs and professionals competed in separate events until 1993, when the first “open” World Championships were held in Hamar, Norway.

 

 

GB's women have dominated the Team Pursuit

 

The most titled:

 

  • Since 1993, 38 nations have won medals.

 

  • French athlete Arnaud Tournant heads the men’s medals table with 14 gold, three silver and two bronze between 1997 and 2008.

 

  • Tournant is followed by Great Britain’s Chris Hoy (25 medals of which 11 were gold) and France’s Florian Rousseau (16 medals, 10 gold).

 

  • Australian Anna Meares dominates the women’s medals table with 23 medals (10 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze) since 2003 and still counting…

 

  • Between 1994 and 1999, French athlete Félicia Ballanger also won 10 gold medals, as well as one silver.

 

  • Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton is third in the medals table with 16 (9 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze) between 2005 and her retirement in 2012.

 

Victoria Pendleton crashes during 2012 sprint versus Anna Meares

 

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