The calendar for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup has been released. The Union Cycliste Internationale made the announcement of the five venues that will host rounds of the 2017-2018 World Cup, taking in racing in Europe and in the Americas.
It’s a largely new series of World Cup hosts in the 2017-2018 campaign. Manchester in England is the only country to have hosted a round of the World Cup before. The full list of host venues for the 2017-2018 World Cup season is:
Pruszków (Poland) – 3rd-5th November 2017
Manchester (Great Britain) – 10th-12th November 2017
Milton (Canada) – 1st-3rd December 2017
Santiago (Chile) – 9th-10th December 2017
Minsk (Belarus) – 19th-21st January 2018
As New Zealand head into a big year with the Commonwealth Games from the 4th-15th April forming a vital part of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, the World Cup will be particularly interesting to watch. Expect competition for places to be fierce throughout the campaign from our New Zealanders as they get set not just for the Commonwealth Games, but also for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships which fall in between World Cup and Comm Games from 28th February to 4th March.
This year saw New Zealand produce an excellent track season that culminated in gold for the team sprint, silver for the men’s team pursuit and Aaron Gate in the omnium, and bronze for the women’s team pursuit at the world championships.
That came about on the back of a World Cup campaign that saw the team win the Los Angeles World Cup round with an extremely impressive medal haul which included a history making bronze medal for Natasha Hansen, gold for the team sprint trio, silver for the women’s madison and bronze for Jaime Nielsen in the women’s individual pursuit.