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We're inching towards the climax of the 2014-2015 Track season, the World Championships. Being held in the new Vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a southwestern suburb of Paris, not far from the Palace of Versailles. It marks the first[1] World Championships since the introduction of the impenetrable and utterly baffling new qualification requirements[2].

Some documents from the UCI site here:

Competition Guide ( ~pdf)

Entry List - Men ( ~pdf)
Entry List - Women ( ~pdf)

I am away for most of the tournament, but I will try and post updates if I can.
 1. I think...
 2. Incidentally, if anyone can explain to me how Portugal have three riders listed on the entry list despite only having one qualified rider according to the table in the competition guide, you will receive my respect for an as yet undetermined period of time
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    Taking the opportunity to re-post my favourite track Worlds moment and probably the greatest overtaking maneuver I have ever seen in a Keirin:

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    I have watched that video so many times, still makes me cheer when I see it.

    Assume there will be minimal coverage on the BBC but looking forward to seeing Laura and the Pursuit teams go well.
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    Looks now as if GB won't win a single rainbow jersey.
    Little or no progress since London, while half a dozen nations have galloped ahead.
    In the sprints, even the Germans are struggling to keep pace.
    The times in the women's team events are now either amazing or unbelievable, depending how you view these things.
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    Looks now as if GB won't win a single rainbow jersey.
    Little or no progress since London, while half a dozen nations have galloped ahead.
    In the sprints, even the Germans are struggling to keep pace.
    The times in the women's team events are now either amazing or unbelievable, depending how you view these things.

    Silver in both TP events is definitely a disappointment, especially a year out from the Olympic Games. As for the sprint events, it seems that the talent of Hoy and Pendleton is sorely missed.
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    GB's typical "pull it out of the bag at the Olympics attitude" seems more and more unlikely now. They need some grounding and some riders to step up and take responsibility. Becky will need to pull out some results when she returns as the women's sprinters are way behind the rest of the world. Kenny I am still banking on, but he needs to start stepping up, however he always seems to come good come the Olympics. The women's TP.. just wow at the Aussie performance today. Very concerning, if there was any medal I would have banked on on the track it would have been the women's TP..

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    It's all going to rest on Sir Brad's shoulders to save Team GB in Rio.
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    After having watched the points race (final event in the men's omnium per the new rules), I went number-crunching, comparing the results under the new rules with those under the old rules (well aware that riders' tactics would have been different then, but bear with me). Plus the new rules with a tweak, where riders get 40-1 points according to their placement in the points race as well.

    Conclusions
    1) The old rules and my tweaked 'new-ish' rules give exactly the same result[1]. Not really a conclusion of any worth, just goes to show I'm not as mathemically intelligent. :P

    2) The new rules favour the points race. By A LOT. And I mean A LOT: *nz Aaron Gate went from an 11th place (old rules) to a 5th place (new rules), and only 8 points off a medal.
    Other riders profited from the new rules too (e.g. Tsishkou), just not as much. Maybe Gate was simply one of the few clever enough to figure out a tactic working perfectly under the new rules[2]. It might look that way: He was 20th in the Kilo and 15th in the Flying Lap - saving his strength for the final (and overwhelmingly important) event?

    3) The new rules devalue both the points race as a stand-alone event, and the other five disciplines:
    In the final points race, the top riders will often only defend their lead, and the leading rider before the points race in particular really only has to shadow his closest rivals, not do anything himself.
    And, as shown very well by the example of Gate, who scored almost half of his points in the points race (and much of the remainder in the scratch race), it seems to pay off to focus on that final discipline. Much more than I find reasonable. The omnium should, in my opinion, value each discipline equally much.
    I understand that the rule change makes the final discipline of the omnium more 'exciting' for the crowd to watch compared to the old rules when it ended with the Kilo. I just don't think it really is that much more exciting, on the contrary: Gaviria's win was never actually in danger, with all challenges coming up well short; and Boudat's efforts to gain a lap and get on the podium were eventually for naught, pushing the Frenchman further down the standings than he was before. It's an all-or-nothing approach.


    In the next post, I'll give you some numbers and tables to pour over intently lull you into sleep. ;)
     1. which I could have told myself if I had paid more attention in math classes
     2. and also strong enough to pull it off, let's not forget that
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    Views presented are my own.
    RIP Keith

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    First, the final result of the omnium, under the new rules:
    Rider Nation Scratch IP Elim. Kilo Fl. Lap Before PR Final
    1 Gaviria *co 36 38 36 34 26 170 205
    2 O'Shea *au 12 40 34 38 34 158 190
    3 Viviani *it 40 22 40 22 40 164 181
    4 De Buyst *be 32 34 28 24 22 140 178
    5 Gate *nz 34 20 24 2 12 92 173
    6 Tsishkou *by 30 28 10 18 20 106 159
    7 Suter *ch 28 8 18 32 36 122 149
    8 Boudat *fr 26 30 38 28 16 138 144
    9 Manakov *ru 20 36 32 20 28 136 141
    10 Veldt *nl 16 16 16 36 38 122 139
    11 Liss *de 14 26 20 40 32 132 134
    12 Dibben *uk 38 12 8 12 8 78 123
    13 Pedersen *dk 22 2 26 10 24 84 117
    14 Liu *cn 10 18 30 26 30 114 115
    15 Rodrigues *br 24 32 22 8 4 90 112
    16 Leung *hk 4 14 4 30 18 70 76
    17 Irvine *ie 2 24 12 14 6 58 70
    18 Duehring *usa 6 4 14 6 10 40 61
    19 Spanopoulos *gr 18 6 1 16 14 55 55
    20 Elorriaga *es 8 10 6 4 2 30 52
    21 Gumerov *uz 1 1 2 1 1 6 -13

    Compare with the result under the old rules:
    Rider Nation Scratch IP Elim. Kilo Fl. Lap PR Total Comparison[1]
    1 Gaviria *co 3 2 3 4 8 5 25 0
    2 O'Shea *au 15 1 4 2 4 7 33 0
    3 Viviani *it 1 10 1 10 1 12 35 0
    4 De Buyst *be 5 4 7 9 10 4 39 0
    5 Boudat *fr 8 6 2 7 13 15 51 +3
    6 Suter *ch 7 17 12 5 3 8 52 +1
    7 Manakov *ru 11 3 5 11 7 17 54 +2
    8 Tsishkou *by 6 7 16 12 11 2 54 -2
    9 Liss *de 14 8 11 1 5 18 57 +2
    10 Veldt *nl 13 13 13 3 2 13 57 0
    11 Gate *nz 4 11 9 20 15 1 60 -6
    12 Liu *cn 16 12 6 8 6 19 67 +2
    13 Dibben *uk 2 15 17 15 17 3 69 -1
    14 Pedersen *dk 10 20 8 16 9 6 69 -1
    15 Rodrigues *br 9 5 10 17 19 10 70 0
    16 Leung *hk 19 14 19 6 12 16 86 0
    17 Irvine *ie 20 9 15 14 18 14 90 0
    18 Duehring *usa 18 19 14 18 16 11 96 0
    19 Spanopoulos *gr 12 18 21 13 14 20 98 0
    20 Elorriaga *es 17 16 18 19 20 9 99 0
    21 Gumerov *uz 21 21 20 21 21 21 125 0

    And finally the stand-alone result of the men's omnium points race (not provided by the UCI/Tissot):
    Rider Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Laps Total
    1 Gate *nz 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 1 3 0 2 60 81
    2 Tsishkou *by 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 40 53
    3 Dibben *uk 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 45
    4 De Buyst *be 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 20 38
    5 Gaviria *co 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 5 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 35
    6 Pedersen *dk 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 20 33
    7 O'Shea *au 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 20 32
    8 Suter *ch 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 20 27
    9 Elorriaga *es 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 22
    10 Rodrigues *br 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 22
    11 Duehring *usa 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 21
    12 Viviani *it 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 17
    13 Veldt *nl 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 5 0 0 17
    14 Irvine *ie 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 12
    15 Boudat *fr 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
    16 Leung *hk 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
    17 Manakov *ru 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5
    18 Liss *de 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
    19 Liu *cn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    20 Spanopoulos *gr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    21 Gumerov *uz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -20 -19
     1. change in placement compared to new rules
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    It's been hugely disappointing from a British point of view but that's nothing new. Main worry for me is Becky's long term fitness


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    It's been hugely disappointing from a British point of view but that's nothing new. Main worry for me is Becky's long term fitness


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    It's a worry for us as well.
    Recovery thus far hasn't been all plain sailing, that's for sure.
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