UEC European Track Championships

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This article is about the elite level championships inaugurated in 2010. It is not to be confused with UEC European Track Championships (under-23 & junior).

The European Track Cycling Championships are a set of elite level competition 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

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]

Age group championships[edit]

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. Since 2010, separate annual European championships for under-23 and junior riders have continued, described explicitly as such.

European Track Cycling Championships have been held for junior and under-23 athletes for a long time, though records in earlier editions are incomplete. 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.[1]

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


Derny, Madison and Omnium championships[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 elite European Omnium Championships have been held since 1959, which were later incorporated into the senior European Track Championships on their introduction in 2010.[2][3]

Founding of the Elite Championships[edit]

In 2010 the UEC instigated a significant 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 thereafter were run as an annual separate event.

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 Vélodrome Amédée Détraux
2015 14–18 October   Switzerland Grenchen Velodrome Suisse
2018[a] TBA  United Kingdom Glasgow Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome[7][8]

Elite Championships all-time Medal table : 2010–2014[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain
(details)
19 5 7 31
2  Germany 13 13 10 36
3  Russia 11 12 10 33
4  France 5 9 8 22
5  Italy 4 1 6 11
6  Lithuania 3 3 4 10
7  Belarus
(details)
3 3 2 8
8  Netherlands
(details)
2 6 5 13
9  Poland 2 5 4 11
10  Belgium 2 4 2 8
11  Czech Republic 2 0 3 5
12  Spain 1 3 3 7
13  Ukraine 1 1 3 5
14  Austria 1 0 0 1
15   Switzerland 0 2 0 2
16  Greece 0 1 1 2
17  Denmark 0 1 0 1
18  Ireland 0 0 1 1
Total 69 69 69 207

Juniors and U23's[edit]

Year Under 23 Junior
Country City Country City
as European Track Championships
2001 Czech Republic Brno Italy Fiorenzuola
2002 Germany Buttgen Germany Buttgen
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
as European Track Championships (under-23 & junior)
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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