The International Cycling Union (UCI) has awarded the final leg of its 2015-16 Track Cycling World Cup to Hong Kong.
The Cycling Association of Hong Kong will host a round of the World Cup for the first time on January 16-17, 2016. Racing will take place at the Hong Kong Velodrome. The 250-metre track was inaugurated in December 2013 and has since hosted several international events such as the 2014 Hong Kong International Track Cup.
Hong Kong continues Asia’s longstanding commitment to host World Cup rounds with the Chinese cities of Kunming and Beijing; Tokyo, Japan; and Astana, Kazakhstan having also welcomed the UCI’s major international series.
Hong Kong’s Track Cycling World Cup round will be preceded by events in Cali, Colombia from October 30 to November 1 and Cambridge, New Zealand on December 5-6. The Junior Track World Championships in Astana on August 19-23 and the Track Cycling World Championships in London, England from March 2-6, 2016 complete the UCI international track calendar.
Cycling Association of Hong Kong chairman Hung-Tak Leung said: “Hosting the World Cup in Hong Kong will help promote track cycling in our community, so we can identify more talented riders systematically for high level performance training.”
In December, Leung revealed that talks were being held with the UCI, but said stringent commercial sponsorship requirements, as well as a price tag of HK$10m (€1.03m/$1.29m), were proving significant stumbling blocks.