Cycling is a normal part of the Danish lifestyle. It has, in fact, inspired other countries to start a cycling program patterned after that of Denmark as a way to cut down on carbon emissions and eventually preserve the environment.
It is just fitting then that the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Denmark. This yearly event by the International Cycling Union will take place on March 24-28 at the Ballerup Super Arena in Ballerup. The venue has been re-sanded since February to restore its original beauty and through this, organizers are expecting world class achievements and possibly new world records.
This world track cycling championships involve both men and women and will cover several events such as the sprint, 500 m time trial, individual pursuit, team pursuit, team sprint, keirin, scratch, points race and omnium. They are the same events for both men and women’s categories except for the madison. Compared to the men’s events, those for women normally cover shorter distances. Only the top 3 winners get medals — gold, silver and bronze medal and the overall champion gets an additional jersey with rainbow colors.
Denmark has actually been hosting this world cycling championships since 1896. The first nine events were held at the Ordrup Velodrome in the northern part of Copenhagen while the last one in 2002 took place at the Ballerup Super Arena.
The World Track Cycling events started in Chicago way back in 1893. Since that time, cycling enthusiasts of all levels of expertise from around the world have been competing in the different events. Cyclists taking part in the championships undergo selection by their national cycling federation. The 2009 event was hosted by Poland while the Netherlands will host the 2011 championships. Australia will host the 2012 world cycling events for the second time since 2004.