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3 & 4 December 2021 / Lee Valley VeloPark, London

UCI Track Champions League

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In March 2020, plans for the UCI Track Champions League were revealed. The result of a partnership between Union Cycliste Internationale and Eurosport Events, this elite sporting competition was designed to bring together some of the greatest riders in the world to battle it out over six rounds.

Set to begin on 6 November 2021 in Palma, Mallorca, the inaugural series will be held across six weekends, culminating on 11 December 2021 in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to stopping in St Quentin en Yvelines, France on 20 November and Panevėžys, Lithuania on 27 November, the UCI Track Champions League touches down at Lee Valley VeloPark in London for two consecutive rounds on 3 and 4 December.

Promising to be one of the most exciting events on the cycling calendar, packed with drama and action on the track, fans can expect rivalries, upsets and redemptions as competitors vie to be crowned the fastest in the world.

The 2021 UCI Track Champions League series boasts a unique league format that will ultimately see four cyclists emerge as champions: the best male and female sprint riders and the best male and female endurance riders. Points are scored across the six rounds in both categories, with each comprising two different types of events. Sprinters will race both the sprint and keirin, while endurance riders will participate in the elimination and scratch.

A total of 72 competitors will take part in UCI Track Champions League – which breaks down to 18 in each category (an equal number of males and females). The schedule has also been shortened so that each round runs for about two action-packed hours. At the end, those who top each of the four categories will be awarded a leader’s jersey to wear during the next round.

Germany’s Kristina Vogel, an 11-time World and two-time Olympic champion, and Sir Chris Hoy MBE, one of Britain’s most successful Olympians with seven medals (six gold and one silver), were chosen as ambassadors for the UCI Track Cycling League. The pair will share their expertise while attending and broadcasting from all the events.

With interest in track cycling sure to be at a high due to the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021, the UCI Track Champions League series adds to the excitement while visiting five renowned velodromes and putting the best international riders in the cycling world on centre stage once again.

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Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London E20 3AB

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Getting there

The nearest station is Stratford/Stratford International, which is served by the Jubilee and Central lines as well as the DLR and National Rail. The Hackey Wick and Leyton stations are also within a 20-minute walk from Lee Valley VeloPark.

Several bus routes connect to Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the following lines: 97, 308, 339, 388 and N205.

Cycle routes connect Lee Valley VeloPark to the area and you can also use Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1 and Cycle Superhighway CS2. Plenty of bike racks are available.

Driving is not recommended due to very limited car parking. If you do drive, use the postcode E20 3AB for satellite navigation. Lee Valley VeloPark is located just off the A12 at Stratford.

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UCI Track Champions League hosts official launch event

UCI Track Champions League hosts official launch event

A new chapter in the history of track cycling was unveiled featuring a schedule with two rounds at London's Lee Valley VeloPark on 3 and 4 December 2021.

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The UCI Track Champions League is a new six-round, elite cycling competition. Featuring the world’s highest profile riders, the series has a condensed international race calendar that not only sees events in the UK but also in Mallorca, France, Lithuania and Israel. The UCI Track Champions League also boasts gender-equal participation and prizes.

Kicking off with Round 1 in Palma, Mallorca, the UCI Track Champions League will bring Rounds 4 and 5 to London on 3 – 4 December 2021.

Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2021 UCI Track Champions League will take place at Lee Valley VeloPark in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Constructed for the 2012 London Olympic Games, the indoor velodrome is renowned for its curved roof design and also hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016. You can get to Lee Valley VeloPark by rail, bus, bike or taxi. Get more information about the location here.

The six-round race schedule for the 2021 UCI Track Champions League series runs from November to December 2021 as shown below:

  • Round 1: Palma, Mallorca on 6 November 2021
  • Round 2: St Quentin en Yvelines, France on 20 November 2021
  • Round 3: Panevėžys, Lithuania on 27 November 2021
  • Rounds 4 & 5: London, UK on 3 &4 December 2021
  • Round 6: Tel Aviv, Israel on 11 December2021

Male and female athletes will battle it out at the UCI Track Champions League in a programme of individual sprint, keirin, elimination and scratch races.

In the inaugural UCI Track Champions League, 18 athletes will compete in each of the four categories of events, totalling 72 riders — with an equal number of males and females.

Tickets for the 2021 UCI Track Champions League events being held in the UK go on sale from Tuesday 15 June 2021.

Any COVID mitigations will be aligned to the government guidance at the time.  However, there is a full refund policy in the event of cancellation.