UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships: the world comes to Aigle

The UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships will begin on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in Aigle, Switzerland. 

Across five days (July 20 to 24), track cycling’s new generation comes together at the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC). 

One year on from the Worlds in Astana (Kazakhstan), more than 300 athletes from 43 countries (a participation record, with Brazil taking part for the first time) will compete for 19 titles during this 42nd edition of the World Championships for athletes aged 17 and 18. 

With the aim of helping to develop the discipline all over the world, the UCI WCC has helped selected Junior riders to prepare for these World in Aigle. In the weeks leading up to the competition, 16 athletes from ten countries trained at the Centre, benefitting from its facilities and the advice of its professional trainers. 

Since it opened in 2002, more than 1,100 young riders from over 100 countries have trained at the UCI WCC. Athletes who trained in Aigle have won three Olympic titles and 38 UCI World Champion rainbow jerseys. 

During the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the UCI will lead a joint awareness programme entitled #IRideClean, in order to explain to the young athletes the dangers of doping. This programme is just one of the UCI-WADA initiatives that aim to protect the rights of honest sportspeople. 

In terms of coverage, the event will be broadcast live every day on the website www.uci.ch and can also be followed on social media: 

Twitter: @UCI_Track 

Facebook: @UnionCyclisteInternationale 

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