UEC European Track Championships (under-23 & junior)

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The European Track Cycling Championships (under-23 & junior) are a set of competition events held annually for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling, exclusively for European cyclists under the ages of 23 and 18, and regulated by the European Cycling Union (UEC). They were first held in their current format in 2010, when a competition for elite level cyclists was devised and held for the first time following an overhaul of European track cycling.

Prior to 2010, similar age group championships were held for many years under the title of European Track Championships, a title now used solely for the elite championships. The Under 23 and Junior championships thereafter were run as an annual separate event under their current name.

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 simply as European Track Championships, but solely for junior and under-23 cyclists. The 2010 event is recognised as the first elite level senior championships. Since 2010, the separate annual European championships for under-23 and junior riders have continued, described explicitly as such.

European Track Cycling Championships have, however, 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]

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]

Exclude Men's Open Madison events from 2001-2009 and include Open Omnium events from 2001-2009.

Hosts of European Track Championships

Juniors and U23's and Open Omnium[edit]

Number Year Under 23 Junior Events
Country City Country City
as European Track Championships
1 2001  Czech Republic Brno  Italy Fiorenzuola 25
2 2002  Germany Buttgen  Germany Buttgen 27
3 2003  Russia Moscow  Russia Moscow 32
4 2004  Spain Valencia  Spain Valencia 32
5 2005  Italy Fiorenzuola  Italy Fiorenzuola 32
6 2006  Greece Athens  Greece Athens 32
7 2007  Germany Cottbus  Germany Cottbus 33
8 2008  Poland Pruszków  Poland Pruszków 37
9 2009  Belarus Minsk  Belarus Minsk 37
as UEC European Track Championships (under-23 & junior)
10 2010  Russia St Petersburg  Russia St Petersburg 38
11 2011  Portugal Anadia  Portugal Anadia 38
12 2012  Portugal Anadia  Portugal Anadia 38
13 2013  Portugal Anadia  Portugal Anadia 38
14 2014  Portugal Anadia  Portugal Anadia 38
15 2015  Greece Athens  Greece Athens 38
16 2016  Italy Montichiari  Italy Montichiari 38
17 2017  Portugal Sangalhos  Portugal Sangalhos 44
18 2018   Switzerland Aigle   Switzerland Aigle 44

Medal table (2001-2018)[edit]

Exclude Men's Open Madison events from 2001-2009 and include Open Omnium events from 2001-2009.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)129121105355
2 France (FRA)828770239
3 Italy (ITA)794753179
4 Great Britain (GBR)766766209
5 Germany (GER)617058189
6 Netherlands (NED)404049129
7 Ukraine (UKR)36211471
8 Poland (POL)335260145
9 Belgium (BEL)24302680
10 Czech Republic (CZE)23243784
11  Switzerland (SUI)16171750
12 Spain (ESP)8112241
13 Denmark (DEN)811726
14 Belarus (BLR)891835
15 Lithuania (LTU)6151637
16 Ireland (IRL)26513
17 Greece (GRE)25714
18 Portugal (POR)25411
19 Latvia (LAT)2125
20 Armenia (ARM)2002
21 Moldova (MDA)1214
22 Slovenia (SLO)1001
 Turkey (TUR)1001
24 Slovakia (SVK)0101
25 Austria (AUT)0022
Totals (25 nations)6426426391923
  • 2008,2014,2015 have share medals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK European Track Championships team". Cycling News. 2001-07-11. Retrieved 2008-09-11.

External links[edit]