Where: Hong Kong
When: April 5-12

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships take place this week, with twenty events spread out over five days between Wednesday April 5 to Sunday April 12.

This year the action will take place in Hong Kong, the first time it has held the event, and only the second time the World Championships have come to Asia, following the 1990 edition in Japan.

The races will be held in the Hong Kong Velodrome, a 3000-seater venue that was opened just four years ago.

Half of the twenty disciplines (10 men’s, 10 women’s) are made up of those found in the Olympics, but among the other half are fan favourites such as the unbearably tense individual pursuit, explosively exciting 500m/1km time trial, and the chaotic madison (which was so memorably won by Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish last year).

Becky James keirin 2014 track worlds

Great Britain have enjoyed extraordinary success in the World Championships in recent years, having accumulated a total of 88 medals – 41 of them gold – over the past 10 years. Last year was also a particular success, with Team GB topping the medal table with five golds, one silver and three bronzes.

There is, however, a sense of unpredictability regarding how well Great Britain will do this year. This being the first of the four-year cycle – re-set after last year’s Olympics – many of the household names have either retired (Bradley Wiggins, Joanna Rowsell-Shand), have shifted their attention to the road (Mark Cavendish, Owain Doull) or are expecting a baby (Laura and Jason Kenny).

There are some heroic Olympians from Rio who will be present. Members of the two triumphant team pursuit squads Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Steven Burke will all be hunting for medals, while breakout star and sprint silver medallist Callum Skinner gets a chance to ride as the team’s premier sprinter.

Much of the squad will be less familiar, however with 10 of the 20-strong squad making the World Championships debut. They may not be household names yet, but among them could be the next generation of British riders to rise to the top of the sport come Tokyo in 2018.

And several international stars will be present too, including multiple world champion Sarah Hammer, Olympic sprint champion Kristina Vogel, defending Keirin and 1k time-trial champion Joachim Eilers, and Chinese star Zhong Tianshi.

Track World Championships 2017: Finals

Wednesday April 12
Women’s team sprint
Men’s team sprint
Women’s scratch race

Thursday April 13
Women’s team pursuit
Men’s keirin
Men’s team pursuit
Men’s scratch race

Friday April 14
Women’s sprint
Women’s omnium
Men’s individual pursuit
Men’s points race

Saturday April 15
Women’s 500m time-trial
Men’s omnium
Men’s sprint
Women’s madison
Women’s individual pursuit

Sunday April 16
Women’s keirin
Women’s points race
Men’s kilo time-trial
Men’s madison

Track World Championships 2017: British riders:

Men:
Matt Bostock
Steven Burke
Jack Carlin
Kian Emadi
Chris Latham
Lewis Oliva
Ryan Owens
Callum Skinner
Mark Stewart
Andy Tennant
Joseph Truman
Oliver Wood

Women:
Katie Archibald
Elinor Barker
Ellie Dickinson
Neah Evans
Emil Kay
Manon Lloyd
Katy Marchant
Emily Nelson

Track World Championships 2017: TV Coverage

Both BBC Two and Eurosport will be providing live coverage

Wednesday April 12
BBC2: 12:00 – 14:30
Eurosport: 12:00 – 14:30

Thursday April 13
BBC2: 12:00 – 14:45
Eurosport: 12:00 – 15:00

Friday April 14
BBC2: 12:00 – 14:40
Eurosport: 12:00 – 15:15

Saturday April 15
BBC2: 12:00 – 15:30
Eurosport 2: 12:00 – 15:30

Sunday April 16
BBC2: 13:00 – 14:15
Eurosport: 07:00 – 10:00

More info: TV guide | Essential guide to track cycling

External links: Official website | UCI track website | Official results from Tissot

World Track Championships 2017

In the first major track meet since the Olympics, you'll be able to relive the excitement and passion at this years World Track Championship in Hong Kong

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