HSBC UK | National Track Championships - information for riders

HSBC UK | National Track Championships - information for riders

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Please find below further information on the qualifying process for the 2022 HSBC UK | National Track Championships.

To ensure a positive experience for everyone at the event and to support the growth of track cycling outside of the championships, we will maintain the changes made at the 2019 championships to the structure of the individual pursuit, 500m and kilo competitions. The championships remain open to all riders wishing to post a time, and be placed, in these disciplines. Further explanation can be found below.

A pre-championships qualification process will be continued, with all riders given the chance to secure their place in the first round (individual pursuit) or Final (TT). The first round (individual pursuit) or Final (TT) will have an estimated field size and an automatic qualification pathway.  Automatic qualification will be achieved by the rider achieving the automatic qualifying times for these events, as follows:

  • Men’s individual pursuit: an achieved and verified time of 4 mins 26.00 seconds or better.
  • Women’s individual pursuit: an achieved and verified time of 3 mins 45.00 seconds or better.
  • Men’s kilo: an achieved and verified time of 1 min 06.00 seconds or better.  
  • Women’s 500m time trial: an achieved and verified time of 36.50 seconds or better.

Any rider who achieves the qualifying time in their chosen event, and submits this time to British Cycling in accordance with the stated criteria prior to the championship entry deadline of 6 February 2022, will be entered directly into the first round (pursuit) or Final (TT). There is no limit to the number of the riders in the events who have achieved or bettered the qualification time.

An open qualifying session will take place on Thursday 3 March 2022. The final results of each respective event will contain the times and the placings of all riders who have competed at this session, along with those who qualified for the first round and finals.

  • If the total number of automatic qualification times submitted for a single event into the first round (pursuit) or Final (TT) on the entry deadline day is fewer than 16 (individual pursuit) and 10 (TT), the remaining places will be filled at the pre-qualification session taking place at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales on Thursday 3 March, by the riders who achieve the qualifying time and/or record the fastest times in that session. The number of riders who have achieved automatic qualification, and subsequent number of remaining places in the field will be published the following week . British Cycling is aware of the considerable commitment which riders undertake to attend the championships and therefore, in situations such as the above, will use it’s discretion on a case by case basis to assess whether the Thursday night qualification is in the interests of riders and the championships. In this instance, all entered riders would progress to the first round (IP) or Final (TT) of the single event.
  • If the total number of automatic qualification times submitted for a single event into the first round (pursuit) or Final (TT) on the entry deadline day exceeds 16 (individual pursuit) and 10 (TT), riders in that event who are yet to qualify will have to record the stated qualifying time in order to qualify for the first round (individual pursuit) or Final (TT). A final opportunity to do this will be available to all entrants at the pre-qualification session taking place at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales on Thursday 3 March 2022.
  • British Cycling reserves the right to not hold the pre-qualification session on Thursday 3 March for any given event, in that circumstance then all entered competitors for that event who have entered the event by the entry deadline would automatically qualify to the first round (IP) or Final (TT).

Any rider who submits a qualification time by the entry deadline, or meets the qualification time in the pre-qualifying round will ride in the first round (individual pursuit) or Final (TT).

Qualification times criteria is as follows:

Times claimed must be able to be verified by:

  • The result sheet from an open, selection or invitation event on the UCI International Calendar from 1 January 2019 (e.g. 2019 HSBC UK | National Track Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Cup, European Championships, UCI Track Event on the UCI Calendar);
  • By verification from an approved operator of the Electronic Timing System at a recognised velodrome during a British Cycling sanctioned event; 
  • By verification from an approved operator of the Electronic Timing System at an organised event at a velodrome equipped with a verified and approved electronic timing system and conducted under British Cycling national record conditions;                                                                                                 

Note - hand times will only be accepted if achieved under British Cycling national record conditions and countersigned by two British Cycling approved timekeepers stating the location, date and time achieved for the ride.

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