UEC European Track Championships

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The European Track Cycling Championships are a set of elite level competitions events held annually for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling, exclusively for European cyclists, and regulated by the European Cycling Union (UEC). They were first held in their current format in 2010, when elite level cyclists competed for the first time following an overhaul of European track cycling

Prior to 2010, championship events were run under the same name, but solely for junior and under-23 cyclists, and the 2010 event is recognised as the first elite level senior championships.

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.

History[edit]

Men's European Track Championships for the "motor-paced" or "derny" track cycling discipline have been held since 1896. A separate European Madison championship event was also run for men. Separate European Omnium Championships have been held since 1959, which were later incorporated into the senior European Track Championships on their introduction in 2010.[1][2]

Junior and under-23 championships[edit]

European Track Cycling Championships have been held for junior and under-23 athletes for a long time. 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.[3]

Masters[edit]

A European Masters Track Championships exists for riders > 35 years old.

Elite Championships[edit]

In 2010 the ECU instigated a huge overhaul of how cyclists qualify for the Olympic Games. As a result, the European Championships was also introduced for elite level European cyclists. The first elite championships thereafter took place at the beginning of November 2010. It followed the same ten event schedule for the 2012 Olympics but also included the Madison "due to popular demand".[4]

The Under 23 and Junior championships continued to be run as a separate event.

Events included[edit]

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.

Competitions[edit]

Hosts of European Track Championships

Elite[edit]

Year Date Country City Velodrome
2010 5–7 November  Poland Pruszków BGŻ Arena
2011 21–23 October  Netherlands Apeldoorn Omnisport Apeldoorn
2012 19–21 October  Lithuania Panevėžys Cido Arena[5]
2013 18–20 October  Netherlands Apeldoorn Omnisport Apeldoorn[6]
2014 16–19 October  France Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe Amédée Detraux

Elite Championships all-time Medal table : 2010–2013[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain 13 4 7 24
2  Germany 10 9 4 23
3  Russia 7 9 7 23
4  France 3 7 6 16
5  Lithuania 3 3 3 9
6  Belarus 3 3 2 8
7  Italy 3 0 3 6
8  Netherlands
(details)
2 4 3 9
9  Czech Republic 2 0 3 5
10  Poland 1 4 4 9
11  Ukraine 1 1 3 5
12=  Belgium 1 1 2 4
12=  Spain 1 1 2 4
14   Switzerland 0 2 0 2
16  Greece 0 1 1 2
17  Denmark 0 1 0 1
18  Ireland 0 0 1 1
Total 50 50 50 150

Omnium events[edit]

European championships Omnium events held before 2010:

Year Date Country City Velodrome Champions
1959 Belgium Rik Van Steenbergen
1963 Germany Rudi Altig
1964 Netherlands Peter Post
1965 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1966 Germany Rudi Altig
1967 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1968 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1969 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1970 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1971 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1972 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1973 Belgium Patrick Sercu
1974 Australia Graeme Gilmore
1975 Belgium Eddy Merckx
1978 Australia Danny Clark
1979 Australia Danny Clark
1980 Switzerland Urs Freuler
1981 Switzerland Urs Freuler
1984 Australia Danny Clark
1985 Australia Danny Clark
1986 Australia Danny Clark
1987 Switzerland Urs Freuler
1988 Australia Danny Clark
1995 Netherlands Peter Pieters
1997 Italy Antonella Bellutti
1998 Russia Olga Slioussareva
1999 Russia Olga Slioussareva
2001
13 July

 Czech Republic

Brno

Russia Olga Slioussareva
Switzerland Franco Marvulli
2002 23 July   Switzerland Büttingen Switzerland Franco Marvulli
2003

 Russia

Moscow

Russia Olga Slioussareva
Switzerland Franco Marvulli
2004

 Spain

Valencia

Ukraine Lyudmyla Vypyraylo
Russia Alexei Markov
2005 21 July – 23 July  Italy Fiorenzuola d'Arda
Russia Olga Slioussarevaá
Lithuania Linas Balčiūnas
2006 3 September – 18 October  Greece
 Denmark
Athens
Ballerup

Czech Republic Lada Kozliková
Netherlands Jens Mouris
2007 20 July – 11 October  Germany
 Netherlands
Cottbus
Alkmaar

Sportpaleis Alkmaar
Italy Vera Carrara
Spain Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur
2008 3 September – 18 October  Poland
 Netherlands
Pruszków
Alkmaar
BGŻ Arena
Sportpaleis Alkmaar
Russia Elena Tchalykh
Netherlands Wim Stroetinga
2009 17 October – 18 October  Belgium

Juniors and U23's[edit]

Year Under 23 Junior
Country City Country City
2001 Czech Republic Brno Italy Fiorenzuola
2002
2003 Russia Moscow Russia Moscow
2004 Spain Valencia Spain Valencia
2005 Italy Fiorenzuola Italy Fiorenzuola
2006 Greece Athens Greece Athens
2007 Germany Cottbus Germany Cottbus
2008 Poland Pruszków Poland Pruszków
2009 Belarus Minsk Belarus Minsk
2010 Russia St Petersburg Russia St Petersburg
2011 Portugal Anadia Portugal Anadia
2012 Portugal Anadia Portugal Anadia
2013 Portugal Anadia Portugal Anadia
2014 Portugal Anadia Portugal Anadia

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