UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic

The UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic concluded in February, 2010 with Germany defending the team title. The final point tally was extremely close as o­nly seventeen points seperated the Germans and the Australians. The Netherlands and Great Britain finished a distant third and fourth, respectively. In the women's keirin, Australian star Anne Meares withdrew, allowing China's Guo Shuong to capture the event. Meares' replacement, Emily Rosemond, failed to get any points letting Germany off the hook. Kudos to German cyclist Maximilian Levy for capturing the men's keirin and finishing third in the sprint. Congratulations also to the points race champion, Georgia Bronzini of Italy and Alison Shanks in the individual pursuit.

The track cycling season concludes in Copenhagen, Denmark with the World Cycling Championships March 24-28. The track has been sanded to give it a "like new" appearance and to aid world record efforts. The plan could pay off, especially in the women's sprint. Anne Meares and Kaarla McCulloch of Australia are currently the record holders in the team event 500 meter standing start. Australia could very well begin to dominate track cycling in the near future. In the current world rankings, the Australians are rated first, fifth, and ninth in the team sprint and third and fourth in the team pursuit. Another team o­n the rise is China. The Chinese have focused o­n the sprints and took home five golds at the Beijing event.

The UCI has set the schedule for next year World Cup Classic with the first event in Melbourne, Australia December2-4, 2010. The setting shifts to Cali, Columbia December 16-18 and then Beijing, China o­n January 21-23, 2011. The final leg next year is Manchester, Great Britain at the historic Manchester Velodrome.