2008–09 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
|Seventeenth edition of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|
|Dates||31 October 2008 - 18 February 2009|
|Location||United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia, China and Denmark|
The 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is a multi race tournament over a season of track cycling. The season ran from 31 October 2008 to 18 February 2009. The World Cup is organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale.
The World Cup kicked off in Manchester, Great Britain on 31 October 2008. Although many of the top riders did not participate in this round, as they were still recovering from the 2008 Summer Olympics, this gave many less experienced riders an opportunity to make their mark in the competition.
171 riders were on the start list for the second round in Melbourne, Australia, held from 20–22 November 2008. New talent was prevalent once more, demonstrated by Cyclingnews' statistics which showed that 100 of those riders were under the age of 23 and only 12 were over 30.
For the fourth round, held from 16–18 January 2009, riders returned to the Beijing velodrome in China for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics. Temperatures in the velodrome were much lower than the sweltering heat experienced by the riders during the summer, this time it was approximately 16 degrees indoors.
The fifth and final round was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 13–15 February 2009. British paralympic rider Darren Kenny also made an appearance at Copenhagen, a world record attempt had been scheduled during the World Cup, on 14 February. Kenny intended to attempt to break his own CP 3 World Hour Record of 41.817 km which was set in Manchester on 8 January 2005.
As the five rounds of the World Cup were held scattered around the world, only a few riders were able to participate in every round. Those who attended the first two rounds were able to rise to the top of the overall series standings, this led to many unfamiliar names appearing at the top of the rankings.
Overall team standings
Overall team standings are calculated based on total number of points gained by the team's riders in each event. With one round remaining, 60 teams have so far participated in the 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. The top ten teams are listed below:
|Rank||Team||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Total Points|
- "2008-2009 Track Calendar". UCI. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
- Ben Atkins. "Track World Cup 08-09 Round 1 - CDM". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- Laura Weislo. "Track World Cup 08-09 Round 2 - CDM". Cyclingnews. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- "Track World Cup 08-09 Round 3 - CDM". Cyclingnews. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- Laura Weislo. "Track World Cup 08-09 Round 4 - CDM". Cyclingnews. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- "Briton aims for hour record in Ballerup". 2009-01-25. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
- "Team World Cup Standings – as of 18 JAN 2009" (PDF). UCI. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
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- Round 1, Manchester results and standings
- Round 2, Melbourne results and standings
- Round 3, Cali results and standings
- Round 4, Beijing results and standings
- Round 5, Copenhagen results and standings