Paul Set For UCI Track Champions League
The UCI Track Champions League rides off today at 2pm TT time and is a league format where every round will feature the same race programme. This inaugural season will be held over six weeks in November and December 2021, with round one beginning today in Mallorca, Spain. World Record Holder (flying 200m sprint) and Trinidad and Tobago’s very own Nicholas Paul, will be among the elite few - the best in the world, who will partake is the highly anticipated event. Paul is in the sprinter‘s league and will take part in the men’s sprint and the men’s Keirin. Here’s all you need to know about this new format.
Riders score points across the five rounds in either the Sprint or Endurance category. Each category has two different types of races in which competitors can accumulate points: Sprinters will race in both Sprint and Keirin while Endurance riders will race both Elimination and Scratch. 18 riders can take part in each category, totalling 72 riders — equal numbers male and female — to take part in the inaugural UCI Track Champions League.
Rankings within the UCI Track Champions League will be determined by points allocated to riders from their performance in each race. Points will accrue in a league table and the overall winner in each of the categories will be the rider with the most points at the end of the series. At the end of each event the current leader will be awarded the coveted leader’s jersey to wear at the next event. At the end of it all, there will be a total of four champions; two men and two women in each category.
These points will accrue in a league table and the overall winner will be the rider with the most points at the end of the series.
The maximum number of points available if a rider wins all races is 200.
In the event of a tie in the standings the result will be determined from the previous race – best placed in the last race wins.
At the end of each event the current leader will be awarded the leader’s jersey and will wear the jersey at the following event.
Prize money is awarded for every race and for the overall standings (see prize money below).
UCI points are awarded for every race and for the overall standings (see UCI points below).
The points system is as follows:
1st- 20 pts
2nd - 17 pts
3rd - 15 pts
4th - 13 pts
5th - 11 pts
6th - 10 pts
7th - 9 pts
8th - 8 pts
9th - 7 pts
10th -6 pts
11th -5 pts
12th -6 pts
13th - 5 pts
14th - 4 pts
15th - 3 pts
An overall prize pool of more than €500,000 (£430,000/$575,000) will be awarded during the series, with prize money allocated equally to men and women. Prize money will be awarded for the top 10 riders in each race, with winners receiving €1,000 (£860/$1,200).
The overall winner of each category will also receive €25,000 (£21,500/$30,500), with prize money allocated for each place in the overall standings. Finally, the names of the winners will be etched into a trophy after the final round, with four replicas provided for the winning riders.