2018 Masters Track Cycling World Championships will be hosted at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California October 6th through October 13th. The indoor velodrome features a 250M track circumference, 7M track width and a max 45 degree inclination. The eight days of events will include sprint, pursuit, time trial, scratch race, points race, team sprint, team pursuit and open.
SPRINT: The sprint race format involves two to four riders on the track at one time. Riders typically start next to each other and strategize throughout the distance to best situate the final push to the finish line. There are no lane boundaries between riders - only track boundaries of the area that the cyclists must stay above.
PURSUIT: Two cyclists race beginning from stationary position on opposite sides of the track. The event is 4K for MEN and 3K for WOMEN. The two riders start at the same time and set off to complete the race distance in the fastest time. They will ride on the pursuit line at the bottom of the track in order to find the fastest line. The two riders pursue each other attempting to catch the other rider who started on the other side of the track. If the catch is achieved, then the successful pursuer is declared the winner. The race can continue past the catch to establish a time for each rider.
TIME TRIAL: Individual cyclists compete against the clock to record the fastest time over the specified distance from a standing start.
SCRATCH RACE: All cyclists start together and the objective is to be the first over the finish line after a certain number of laps.
POINTS RACE: A mass start race involving large numbers of cyclists riding simultaneously over 40K MEN/25K WOMEN. A sprint is held every ten laps, with 5, 3, 2, and 1 point(s) awarded to the top four finishers in each sprint. The winner of the race is the one with the most points at the end of the race. Cyclists who lap the main field are awarded 20 extra points.
TEAM SPRINT: The team sprint is a short distance (3 laps MEN/2 laps WOMEN) three person MEN/two person WOMEN team pursuit. Teams start on the opposite side of the track. At the end of the first lap, the leading rider in each team drops out of the race by riding up the banking leaving the second rider to lead. The second rider then drops leaving the third rider to finish.
TEAM PURSUIT: Two teams with up to four people starting on opposite sides of the track following similar format as the individual pursuit.
practice Team Pursuit starts
Colorado will be well represented at the 2018 event sending more than twenty athletes who train at the Boulder Valley Velodrome in Erie and the USOTC Velodrome in Colorado Springs. Athletes traveling to LA will be participating in both team and individual events. The athletes have participated in racing events throughout the season as well as the State Championships.
The following Boulder Valley Velodrome Athletes will race:
Among the USOC Velodrome Athletes:
Interested in Track Cycling? Both tracks offer track certification programs and encourage cyclists to give it a try. Visit Boulder Valley Velodrome and USOTC Velodrome for additional information.