UCI brings Junior Track World Championships home

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that this year’s edition of its Junior Track World Championships will take place at the UCI World Cycling Centre (UCI WCC) Velodrome, which is situated at the headquarters of the global governing body in Aigle, Switzerland.

The facility, which also serves as an elite coaching and training centre that provides support to developing nations around the world, will play host to the event from July 20-24.

The UCI WCC offers training and development for approximately 100 athletes every year across all Olympic disciplines, para-cycling and cyclo-cross. The site has also hosted a number of other official UCI events, such as the 2006 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and Austrian cyclist Matthias Brändle’s UCI Hour Record attempt in October 2014.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “This is good news as it offers us the opportunity to provide significant support to talented riders who otherwise would not have been able to compete. For example, we will invite – at our cost – developing nations to train at the UCI WCC four weeks before the competition starts and give them the chance to compete with the best on the planet.”

As part of the UCI’s timetable for this year’s event, the federation will run a series of competitions and organise various activities for school children in Aigle and the surrounding region. Activities will include BMX demonstrations and agility courses.

Cookson added: “The UCI will provide mechanics before and during the competitions, as well as racing bikes and low cost local accommodation. This is all part of the UCI’s strategy to help nurture and support developing nations and to grow the sport in new markets.

“And given that the Tour de France will pass near to Aigle on the opening day of the Championships, there is an exciting opportunity to ensure that some of the media covering the Tour can come to the UCI WCC, discover our Home of Cycling and help to grow the profile of the event.”

The 2015 Junior Track World Championships were held in Astana, Kazakhstan from August 19-23.