The Commonwealth Games 2018 will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland from 4-15 April 2018. The Track cycling events will take place at the Anna Meares Velodrome from 5-8 April. Cycling South Africa’s objective for Track Cycling is to select competitive men and women’s Team Pursuit and Team Sprint teams, while also allowing these riders to participate in the other events during the Games.
In order to achieve this, the Federation has to qualify via UCI ranking, and by being competitive. Cycling’s overall team size is limited to 34, which includes Track Cycling as well as the other cycling disciplines – Road and Mountain Bike.
To be able to participate in the final trial in December, all riders must first be admitted onto the long list. Each athlete on the long list must confirm his/her availability with the Track Commission and indicate in which discipline he/she will be participating (those who qualify for sprint and endurance).
All athletes who still need to qualify to appear on the long list must inform the Track Working Group before Wednesday 31 May 2017.
Athletes may qualify throughout the year to be admitted onto the long list before 1 December 2017 by achieving the following times:
Men’s endurance: 4:45 – 4 000m IP at coast
Men’s sprint: 11,1 – 200m at coast
1:07:00 – 1 000m at coast
Women’s endurance: 3:58 – 3 000m IP at coast
Women’s sprint: 12,80 – 200m at coast
38,50 – 500 m at coast
IMPORTANT: Three qualified timekeepers approved by the Track Working Group must confirm the times.
Final trials for the long list athletes will be held before 15 December 2017. Please note that only athletes on the long list will take part in the trials.
Riders will have to meet the agreed selection criteria to be considered for selection with SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) approving the final team. UCI points rankings will be used by SASCOC to determine participation at the CWG2018. The time period to be considered is from 1 January 2017 to 1 December 2017.
For detailed information, please read the Track Long List and Qualification Criteria for Commonwealth Games 2018 here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170511_Track-Cycling-CWG2018-Criteria-and-Long-List-announcements.pdf.