Guadalajara, Mexico, will host the third and final round of the 2013-14 UCI Track World Cup in January in addition to the country also hosting the second round in Aguascalientes in December.

The Guadalajara Pan American Velodrome will host the competition over January 17-19 2014. The event takes place six weeks before the 2014 Track World Championshipa in Cali, Colombia, over February 26 to March 2.

“Mexico has demonstrated a strong commitment to track cycling in recent years, hosting rounds of the World Cup in Aguascalientes,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.

“The organising team for the Guadalajara round has already demonstrated its ability to host a major international event, and I have no doubt that our World Cup final will be of top quality.”

Manchester hosted the opening round of the Track World Cup in the first week of November. The second round takes place in Mexico, at the Aguascalientes velodrome, over December 5-7 2013.

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, South Africa

    Annie, Thank you for taking the trouble to clarify matters. I shall check out the website you list and follow the forthcoming World Cup rounds with interest. In particular, I am interested in the types of velodromes to feature (and also crowd attendances).
    I really hope the new UCI president reviews how cycle sport in its various guises can best be furthered in places other than in its European heartland as he suggested he would in his manifesto. I understand that there are well over 100 national cycling bodies worldwide that are affiliated to the UCI. How many regularly have riders at Worlds and World Cup events?
    While here in SA we have numerous large outdoor velodromes scattered across the country they simply do not prepare riders for short indoor track racing. If the world’s riders were exposed to a variety of different extant track types, this would add a new variable to the racing. Otherwise, those who lack short indoor track skills are seriously disadvantaged. This, I accept, is but one aspect of the whole. Funding of riders and national teams remains a further intractable issue for many. Your interest in answering my questions is appreciated.

  • Annie Compton

    Geoff, the full list of entrants by country is available at http://www.tissottiming.com
    (It appears South Africa sent eight men/no women to Manchester)
    I think the globalization is working if you look at the number of
    Asian and South American entrants. The UCI has cut back the number
    of World Cups per year from five to four and now to three but now
    requires each nation participating in the World Cups and World
    Championships to promote an international meet to grow the sport
    at a more local level.
    Regarding funding, I believe the host nation provides accommodation
    and local ground transportation.

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, South Africa

    In principle, taking the track World Cup and World Championships beyond Europe has much to commend it. But does the UCI fund travel and accommodation for riders and their support staff? Please could you publish the demographics of the recent Manchester World Cup leg (number of riders by nationality). Do the World Cup and World Championships in their current form really help to globalise track cycling or are they simply vanity projects for the UCI and those nations whose affluence allows them to participate and win ‘World’ titles?