Welcome Message: David Lappartient. UCI President
I am delighted that Great Britain and Manchester will again host the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in 2019. The British National Cycling Centre has hosted these championships many times since the inaugural edition in 1995; it is wonderful to be back for a truly exciting eight days of competition from 12 to 19 October.
Cycling has taken giant strides in recent decades, with participation levels steadily rising for all ages. The Masters categories are no exception. Athletes continue to compete irrespective of their age, demonstrating that the thrills of track racing and the battles for podium places are not the exclusive domain of younger riders. Masters riders are aged 35 and over, with the highest age group being 70+. The UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships are a global celebration of the fact that age is no barrier.
In Manchester, the riders will vie for the coveted rainbow jerseys over a wide range of events requiring very different strengths and skill sets: from sprints and time trials to pursuits and points races. Special highlights will be the team pursuit and team sprint events covering several age categories.
On behalf of the UCI, I would like to thank all concerned with the organisation of the event. I extend a sincere welcome to every entrant, to their supporters, to officials and to all spectators. It will certainly be a very exciting week of racing.
President, Union Cycliste Internationale