UEC European Track Championships
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.
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.
Junior and under-23 championships
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.
A European Masters Track Championships also exists for older riders.
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".
The Under 23 and Junior championships continued to be run as a separate event.
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.
|2010||5–7 November||Poland||Pruszków||BGŻ Arena|
|2011||21–23 October||Netherlands||Apeldoorn||Omnisport Apeldoorn|
|2012||19–21 October||Lithuania||Panevėžys||Cido Arena|
|2013||18–20 October||Netherlands||Apeldoorn||Omnisport Apeldoorn|
Elite Championships all-time Medal table : 2010–2013
European championships Omnium events held before 2010:
Juniors and U23's
|2010||Russia||St Petersburg||Russia||St Petersburg|
- "UK European Track Championships team". Cycling News. 2001-07-11. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
- "European Track Championships". Track Cycling News. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- 2013 Calendar