Track Cycling World Cup History
Track Cycling World Cup history starts in Chicago, Illinois in 1893, when the International Cycling Association held the first Track World Championships. Three years later, the first "modern" Olympic games would be held and cycling would be included as an invent. Track cycling, often overlooked as a sport, actually continues on to have over another century of history.
When the track cycling world cups were being held by the International Cycling Association, the winner was awarded a gold medal, much like in the Olympics. In 1900, the Track Cycling World Cups were taken over by the newly formed International Cycling Union. To award its winners, the International Cycling Union issues a gold medal and a white jersey with rainbow-like bands to the winner and silver and bronze medals to the second and third place, respectively. The champions can wear the winning jersey until the following year's world championship, but only in the type of event they originally won the jersey in. To honor their champions evenly, once their year as champion is up, any former winner of the Track Cycling World Cup can wear rainbow cuffs on their normal jerseys.
Track Cycling World Cup history is spread out through out the world. Each year, a different country hosts the Track Cycling World Championship and the championship will be ran by that country's national cycling association. To keep the competition fair, the International Cycling Union always supplies the judges for the Track Cycling World Cup. This type of diverse, but fair, running of the Track Cycling World Cups has given the competition its long history from the start in Chicago all the way to the most recent World Cup in the Baller Up Super Arena in Denmark.