UCI Track Cycling World Championships

For best of athletes, the upcoming Olympic in Rio seems to have begun with UCI Track Cycling Championship at Minsk, Belarus. The Minsk Track World Championship is scheduled from 20th- 24th February, 2013. In absence of star riders in the Velodrome, national federations seem to be on the hope of discovering new talents in course of the competition from this Wednesday to Sunday.

Great Britain, who had been dominating in the London events in 2012, is said to have come up with a new genre of track sprinters this time at Minsk Championship. Britain would be missing out on their star performer Victoria Pendleton & Chris Hoy but is counting highly on its latest talents like Laura Trott, Dani King, Phillip Hindes and Jason Kenny-who have already achieved gold medals in London last year.

Australia, although participating without Anna Meares, the Aussie champion sprinter, can still hope on winning many titles legitimately this week. The same rings true for France, Germany, New Zealand and other countries that traditionally perform well in Velodromes.

Colombia, more renowned for the track riders than road racers, can surprise everyone at the Minsk Arena, especially with its rising Juliana Gaviria. Gaviria had won Kerin in Cali, in the 1st stage of UCI 2012-2013 World Cup presented by Samsung.

However, it is the Eastern European riders who would be in majority at Minsk World Championships. The Eastern European side comes up with 262 riders from 35 nations. Russia will appear with 31 athletes, nearly double the size of the squad from Britain & Australia. Ukraine & Berlarus would participate with 17 & 13 racers respectively.

World Cycling Center has declared to forward 3 athletes whom the centre has prepared through the past few weeks in Aigle. Chinese riders like Jiniie Gong and Shuang Guo could expect a win in the team sprint and Kerin would certainly inspire Eoin Mullen, their team-mate who would be competing in his 1st World Championships.

Shane Button Hopeful about Britain

British cycling head coach Shane Sutton believes that the new British cyclists can go gold at the Rio Olympics 2016. In the London Olympics too, the British team won 5 gold medals to secure their position as the top country to produce cyclists.

The upcoming team would consist of six World Championship debutants, two of whom, Simon Yates and Elinor Barker, won the rainbow jerseys as mentioned by Shane. He has issued a warning for other teams across the world about the greatness of this team and the surprise it would bring.

The team would comprise of a lot of youth which means the possibilities of medal winnings in cycling could go real high as they are young guns. “If you’re working from platforms and data and whatever, if you look to where we were at the beginning of the last Olympic cycle, I think we’re in a much stronger position, a much healthier position, you can virtually name your team for Rio now” said the hopeful Shane Sutton.

Both the men’s and women’s cycling team are ready to roll but have not yet been officially finalized. Danielle Khan and Rosie Blount would join the sprint camp in Majorca for the very first time. Alternatives are also available but Sutton does not at all expect Bradley Wiggins to be back here for the Olympics because Bradley Wiggins is a big name and he would get involved on tours very frequently so it would be hard to expect him for 2016. Kian Emadi can also a play an instrumental role in the upcoming events alongside Vicky Williamson.

Three more World Cycling Championships are on the card before Rio Olympics 2016. Sutton strongly believes that if all these young geniuses participate then it would be good for all of them.