London 2012

Pointing Towards London 2012 – Track Cycling

 Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography

 The first part of the Olympic Track Cycling Qualification Events are now complete. And we are halfway through the 2 year Qualifying Period. A collective table has been produced by the UCI showing the Countries, whom have succeeded in collecting points towards entry to each event & the top five Nations are shown below (see table 1).  It is no longer possible for a Nation to gain more than one medal per Event, this time round, as had been in previous Olympics. So we will have to look the times/ performances of individual Athletes to gauge their form & choose the most likely one to gain a Medal.

There are five Events for the Men & the same five Events for the Women.

  1. Individual Sprint
  2. Team Sprint
  3. Team Pursuit
  4. Keirin
  5. Omnium

  The first four Events are traditional Track Cycling Events, but the Omnium, introduced this year has a 6 part schedule. A qualifying round, followed by the 5 elements of racing. So a strong overall performance will be required to take the victory.

Men ID Sprint Team Sprint Team Pursuit Keirin Omnium
  Fra: 2780 Fra: 2295 Aus: 2540 Gbr: 1680 Nzl: 1370
  Gbr: 2298 Gbr: 1905 Rus: 2460 Aus: 1630 Gbr: 1110
  Aus: 1240 Ger: 1575 Esp: 2300 Nzl: 1073 Aus: 970
  Jap: 1000 Aus: 1425 Gbr: 2300 Mas: 1073 Can: 930
  Ger: 940 Nzl: 1365 Nzl: 2180 Fra: 1010 Esp: 738
           
Women Aus: 1870 Chn: 1410 Nzl: 2175 Fra: 2060 Can: 1330
  Gbr: 1690 Gbr: 1190 Aus: 1815 Aus: 1930 USA: 1080
  Fra: 1470 Aus: 1110 Gbr: 1785 Chn: 1390 Esp: 980
  Ger: 985 Fra: 1050 USA: 1380 Gbr: 1116 Pol: 950
  Ltu: 813 Ger: 890 Ger: 1290 Ukr: 663 Ned: 915
Table 1: Points collated at the end of the 1st Qualifying Period

Olympic Points 

We started off gaining Olympic Points with the UCI European Track Championships in Portugal.

We then moved onto the 4 rounds of the UCI Track World Cup, Firstly in Melbourne Australia, then in Cali Columbia, Then in Beijing China, before finishing in the UK at Manchester in February 2011.

The final Points Event were offered at the UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland.

Judging from the Points gained so far, there is a strong possibility that Team GB will contend most Medals on offer. That said, between now & the start of the Olympics, every Nation is expected to notch up a gear or two. Our weakest Medal hope, looks to be the Women’s Omnium, but don’t rule us out of the equation yet! Having the Games in our own back garden will boost the determination & confidence to deliver beyond their every expectation. After all… Britain’s still got Talent!

Olympic Track Cycling Schedule

The Olympic schedule has now been released & the first round of tickets made available.

02 August 2012

Men’s Team Pursuit Q, Men’s Team Sprint, Women’s Team Sprint.

03 August 2012

Men’s Team Pursuit, Women’s Keirin, Women’s Team Pursuit Q.

04 August 2012

Men’s Omnium Q, Men’s Sprint Q.

04 August 2012

Men’s Omnium 1 & 2, Men’s Sprint Minor Placements, Women’s Team Pursuit.

05 August 2012

Men’s Omnium 3, Women’s Sprint Q.

05 August 2012

Men’s Omnium 4 & 5, Men’s Sprint 1/4s, Women’s Sprint Minor Placements.

06 August 2012

Men’s Sprint, Women’s Omnium Q 1 & 2, Women’s Sprint 1/4s.

07 August 2012

Men’s Keirin Q, Women’s Omnium 3.

07 August 2012

Men’s Keirin, Women’s Omnium 4 & 5, Women’s Sprint

Britain’s most likely contenders are  

Men’s Sprint               Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny or Matt Crampton

Men’s Team Sprint      Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny & Matt Crampton

Men’s Team Pursuit                Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke, Andrew Tennant or Ben Swift.

Men’s Keirin               Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny or Matt Crampton

Men’s Omnium           Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison or Pete Kennaugh

Women’s Sprint          Victoria Pendleton, Rebecca James or Jessica Varnish

Women’s Team Sprint            Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish or Shanze Reade

Women’s Team Pursuit           Wendy Houvenaghel, Lizzie Armistead, Jo Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Dani King, Rebecca Romero or Laura Trott

Women’s Keirin          Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish or Rebecca James

Women’s Omnium      Lizzie Armitstead or Laura Trott

The official Team GB Track Cycling Athletes won’t be revealed till around May 2012 having completed the 2nd Qualifying Sessions that ends with the UCI Track World Championships from Melbourne, Australia. In the mean time, I will be following the progression of all possible contenders & reporting here from time to time.