UCI Track Cycling World Cup due in Minsk on 19-21 January 2018


UCI Track Cycling World Cup due in Minsk on 19-21 January 2018

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On January 19, 2018, the final round of the 2017/18 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will begin in Minsk.

About 300 athletes from 37 countries will compete for the final medals of the World Cup cycling season. A number of Olympic and world champions will be among them.

For many bicycle racers, the Minsk start will become a test before the World Championship, which will be held in Apeldoorn in late February 2018.

In total, 17 sets of awards in 9 types of program will be contested at the Minsk stage of the World Cup.

The Belarusian capital will for the first time host such an important cycling event.

In 2009, the new velodrome Minsk-Arena opened its doors to the best European tracks that gathered for the UEC European Track Cycling Championship. The competitions were held at the highest level.

The International Union of Cyclists appreciated the efforts of the Belarusian side and in 2013 entrusted Minsk with the right to host the largest event in the world of cycling - the World Track Cycling Championship. The world forum was a complete success. The guests and participants of the championship got true pleasure, both from the competition and from the picturesque views of Minsk. 

The success of track competitions made Minsk launch another large-scale bicycle project in 2015 - the international road race cycling championship - the first in the history of Belarus. More than 130 riders from 22 teams representing 10 countries came to the start of the first edition of the one-day bike race of the UCI European Tour "Minsk Cup" and "Grand Prix of Minsk", timed to the celebration of the Independence Day of Belarus.

Over the past three years, exciting and uncompromising races through the streets of the Belarusian capital have won the hearts of a large army of fans and have firmly established their niche in the international calendar of the UCI.