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UCI to possibly let track cyling die out(6 posts)

UCI to possibly let track cyling die outSprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 7:55 PM
I have some interesting news. A rumour from a source as I see being creditible said a UCI official said that "he couldn't see track cycling lasting more than another 15-20 years." In a way it could be possible as the UCI struggles to make track cycling popular. Instead of fighting it all the way, they might be laying down and letting it happen.

However, from a competitive standpoint don't more people do it than the acrobatic cycling on the UCI website?

Interesting tidbit... hopefully thats untrue,
re: UCI to possibly let track cyling die outMR_GRUMPY
Mar 2, 2003 8:13 PM
It's funny that they see the demise of track racing in the future. You would think that they would try to keep things rolling. In a way, I can almost see their point. There are two tracks close by (Northbrook, Il. & Kenosha, Wi.) I'm lucky if I go there twice a year. Attendance is never great, usually friends and other racers. I hate to think how much it costs to keep a track in good shape per year.
re: UCI to possibly let track cyling die outrussw19
Mar 2, 2003 8:38 PM
See and I think the other way on this issue. I live in Florida which last time I checked was the USCF's 5 largest district in membership. As far as I know, there is 1 Velodrome in the state. It's in Broward County. If you live in Tallahassee, that's a 7 hour drive. Hell you could almost get to St. Louis easier.

As for the comment about the UCI and acrobatic cycling....
If it includes trials and or freestyle BMX, then yes, it is a bigger demographic for the UCI. Sad. I think the lack of access to a Velodrome for most of the world is the reason for this. And that's lame because I saw some 6 day races in Germany, they rule! Kick back, have a few beers and watch for hours on end...

In areas with tracks its ALL about lack of advertisementSprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 10:01 PM
Here in Calgary we have a fairly good track racing group. Part of what keeps it flourishing is the Olympic Oval which has a cycling program constantly feeds young riders into the program. I can thank this program for getting me involved seriously in the sport.

But in other areas I believe its just a matter of advertisement. Speed skating at the Olympic oval in the past got very few people to watch the World Cups. However, now that they advertise it and have media coverage the stands are full! The same thing can be said for tracks. If they were managed in such a way to really advertise them I think a lot more poeple would be coming in. Look at T-town for example!!!

Anyone have any stats on how the Detroit track is doing with the madison racing?

My 2 cents,
it won't - come onclimbo
Mar 3, 2003 4:00 AM
do you realy believe this? What about the 6 day events in Europe, they are hugely popular. There is no chance this will happen. If UCI doesn't want to be involved, somebody else can take over the running of the World Champs etc. and it will keep going. It's an Olympic sport also, it will not go away !
I hope soSprint-Nick
Mar 3, 2003 8:14 AM
I hope your right. The infrastructure with tracks, keiren circuit in Japan, 6 day races in Europe all point to it not going away... but its an interesting rumour nonetheless.