European Masters

The European Masters Cycling Championships are slated for Manchester, England July 27-31. The event will be held at the historic Manchester Velodrome, which opened its doors in 1994. The velodrome has been host to the World Master Championships o­n twelve occasions. The track was resurfaced in 2007 and is made of Siberian Pine, with a length of 250 meters and has a 42% bank. The event is sponsored by SiS (Science in Sport), the Manchester City Council, Duvel, and British Cycling.

The Championships are open to men and women over the age of 35. The men's categories are broken up in four year age groups while the women have three total age group intervals. Both have shorter distances for those over age 50. The event is divided into three different events: the pursuit, the individual time trial, and the team sprint. The sprint event consists of four different rounds: preliminaries, repachages, semifinals, and finals. The distance for the sprints is 750 meters for all ages and a competitor has to lose twice to be eliminated.

In the points race, sprints will be conducted every ten laps. For races of 20 kilometers or longer, 20 points can be accumulated for every lap a cyclist can gain. In races of shorter length, 10 points can be awarded per lap gained. Two teams looking to make a good showing at this year's event are Teams Terminator and Endura. Look for Team Terminator to amass points with the likes of David Le Grys and Lee Povey leading the charge. Team Endura boasts Mick Ives and Avril Swan, the latter third in the World Time Trial Championships in 2009. For those interested in participating or observing, Manchester is the place to be in July.