USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships - What To Expect

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USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships is an annual tournament that is organized by USA Cycling. This championship covers various track racing disciplines for different groups based on age and gender.  

 

After a 45-year hiatus, the USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships are back at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit. This year, it will be the first time since 1978 that Detroit will be hosting the cycle race. Until 2025, the Lexus Velodrome will be hosting this outstanding event honoring over 20 National Champions in Elite, Junior, Women's, and Men's competitions. The championship will run from November 12 to 14 at the Lexus Velodrome at 601 Mack Ave. at I-75. This year’s event will mark the beginning of a new era in the USA’s track cycling. It will be a significant motivation for riders to dedicate time and attention to donning the nation's colors in such a historical event. 

 

This cycling tournament will call top racers from across the United States and let them battle against each other on the one-of-a-kind cycling track. The authorities have decided to pair racers with different age groups to make the competition more fun and unique. 

 

While making the announcement, Tara McCarthy, Director of National Events for USA Cycling, said, “Bringing a national championship to a new venue is something USA Cycling strives to do. It allows for the sharing of values and growth of the local cycling community. Detroit is a city with a strong cycling history, and we’re excited to welcome riders from all over the country to the Lexus Velodrome community.”

 

Read this article if you are interested in knowing more about the USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships. We will take you through the tournament’s schedule, requirements, registration, ticketing, and more. Scroll down and make sure you don’t miss this incredible event.

 

USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships 2021 Schedule 

 

 

Date

Time (EST)

Event

Laps

JUNIOR RIDER & TEAM

November 11, 2021

(Thursday)

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Mandatory Track Evaluation for Juniors

 

JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & MANDATORY ELITE RIDER & TEAM EVALUATION

November 12, 2021

(Friday)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Mandatory Track Evaluation for Elites

 
 

9:00 a.m. 

Warmup Begins

 
 

10:00 a.m. 

Non-championship Junior Women Scratch Races

20 laps

 

10:00 a.m. 

Non-championship Junior Men Scratch Races 

30 laps

 

10:00 a.m. 

Junior Women Madison

70 laps

 

10:00 a.m. 

Junior Men Madison 

100 laps

 

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Mandatory Track Evaluation for Elites

 
 

6:30 p.m.

Warmup Begins

 
 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Junior Women Scratch Races

20 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Junior Men Scratch Races

30 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Junior Women Madison 

90 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Junior Men Madison

120 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Junior Women Madison

90 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Junior Men Madison 

120 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Awards: Madison

 
 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Elite/Junior Women Elimination Race

 
 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Elite/Junior Men Elimination Race

 

ELITE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

November 13, 2021

(Saturday)

9:00 a.m. 

Warmup Begins 

 
 

10:00 a.m.

Non-championship Elite Women Scratch 

20 laps

 

10:00 a.m.

Non-championship Elite Men Scratch

30 laps

 

10:00 a.m.

Elite Women Madison 

100 laps

 

10:00 a.m.

Elite Men Madison

120 laps

 

6:30 p.m.

Warmup Begins 

 
 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Elite Women Scratch

20 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Non-championship Elite Men Scratch

30 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Elite Women Madison 

120 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Elite Men Madison

180 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Elite Women Madison

120 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Elite Men Madison 

180 laps

 

7:30 p.m.

Awards- Madison

 

LEXUS MIXED MADISON CHAMPIONSHIPS (EXHIBITION)

November 14, 2021

(Sunday)

12:00 p.m.

Warmup Begins

 
 

1:00 p.m. 

Non-championship Men/Women Mixed Madison

80 laps

 

1:00 p.m. 

Non-championship Men/Women Mixed Madison

100 laps

 

1:00 p.m. 

Non-championship Men/Women Mixed Madison 

100 laps

 

USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships Format

Here is a complete format of the championship with distance, laps, and number of sprints. Check this out for a better understanding of the competition. 

 

 

Men Elite

Women Elite

Qualifying

20 km

Final

30 km

Qualifying

15 km

Final

20 km

Laps

120

Sprints

8

Laps

180

Sprints

12

Laps

90

Sprints

6

Laps

120

Sprints

8

Men Juniors 

Women Juniors

Qualifying

15 km

Final

20 km

Qualifying

10 km

Final

15 km

Laps

90

Sprints

6

Laps

120

Sprints

8

Laps

60

Sprints

4

Laps

90

Sprints

6

 

Note: There will be qualifying heats with a maximum of six teams per heat. The top three teams in each qualifying heat will proceed to the finals. The rest of the teams will be selected for the final based on the speed and points that they scored in the heats. The finals will include a total of 6-8 teams. All the teams that do not qualify for the final may compete in subsequent non-championship competitions.

 

USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships Category Requirements

 

All athletes racing in the USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships must be a part of the minimum required category at the time of registration. These categories are classified as:

 

- Junior Women 15-18: Open to ALL track category 1-Novice participants

- Junior Men 15-18: Restricted to track category 1-3 participants only

- Elite Men: Restricted to track category 1-2 participants

- Elite Women: Restricted to track category 1-3 participants

 

Licencing/Citizenship Requirements For USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships 2021

 

All the participants of the USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships are required to have an active USA Cycling Annual License or a valid UCI Foreign Federation License. Also, a category-specific license should be obtained by all the participants. This year, all the riders of age 18 or below will be provided with a free domestic annual license by USA Cycling. 

 

Along with the Junior 15-18 and Elite, riders must comply with citizenship requirements. These requirements are stated below:

 

- USA Cycling International License with the USA racing nationality

or

- A foreign International License with the USA racing nationality and a UCI ID 

or

- USA Cycling Domestic Annual License with a UCI ID.

Equipment Rules For USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships 2021

 

Gear Requirements

- For juniors of age 15-18 years: 88" gearing or less, as determined by roll-out without any exceptions.

- For Elite Riders: Gearing of 94" or less.

 

Equipment Restrictions

- The bike must weigh at least 15 lbs.

- Frames must have a double triangle arrangement.

- The saddle's nose must be a minimum of 5 cm and must be placed behind the vertical plane of the center bottom bracket.

- Every component of the bike should adhere to the UCI 3:1 aerodynamic

ratio rule.

- Both the wheels must have the same diameter and should be between 55.0 and 70.0 cm.

- The angle of the saddle has to be within 9 degrees of horizontal. It should be determined by a plane going through the saddle's highest points at the front and back.

 

Note: All the junior riders are required to bring their bicycles for rollout at least minutes before the beginning of qualifying heat and final. 

 

USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships 2021 Registration

 

USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships is one of the best cycling competitions in the country. The event will be open for all the riders. 

 

To be a part of the championship, the riders are required to get themselves registered. For registration, $30 per rider is required to be paid. This amount will include all days of the competition and a Madison racing jersey. It can be done by visiting the official website of the championship.

 

However, for spectators, the tickets will vary from $15 to $20 for each day of the event. There are various passes available for sale according to the view of the track. Make sure you grab the suit you like the best. In case seats are sold out, the Standing Room/General Admission tickets will be available to let spectators enter the track. To grab the ticket, visit the official ticketing website.

 

Final Words:

We have addressed everything you need to know about USA Cycling Madison Track National Championships. Keep this article handy and make sure you enjoy the tournament without missing even a single race. Whether you catch all the race action from the location or the comfort of your couch, you will indeed have an unforgettable experience. 

 


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