Mass pile-up halts racing at Track Champions League

Riders restarted elimination race in bloodied skinsuits after crash

Mass crash in the track champions league 2023
(Image credit: Simon Wilkinson/SWPix)

A heavy crash in the men’s elimination race saw the action delayed on the first night of the UCI Track Champions League in Palma, Mallorca on Saturday. 

Eleven of the 18 riders in the race came down in a crash in the opening few laps, with bodies and bikes piled across the track. The commissaires quickly brought the event to a halt, and the evening was delayed for 20 minutes while people patched the splintered pine boards with gaffa tape.  

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.