I extend a warm welcome to everyone at the 2022 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Tel Aviv from 23 to 27 August.
It is fitting that this event take place in the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, which is named after the man who has been instrumental in developing cycling in Israel. He was a founder of the UCI WorldTeam now known as Israel-Premier Tech and was very active in bringing the Giro d’Italia to Israel in 2018 – the first time that any Grand Tour had started outside Europe. The enthusiasm that Sylvan Adams has shown for cycling is a perfect match for the optimism and positivity of the UCI Junior Track World Championships.
The UCI Junior Track World Championships shine a spotlight on track cycling’s brightest young talents who are destined to be the stars of the future. The intense five-day programme of endurance and sprint events will provide spectators with a real treat, whether they are committed cycling fans or general sports enthusiasts seeking top-class entertainment.
An event of this size that welcomes so many athletes from all around the world represents a massive organisational challenge. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Local Organising Committee as well as the sponsors, partners, officials and volunteers, all of whom have been crucial to making this event a success. A great deal of credit also goes to the Israel Cycling Federation and its President Dafna Lang for all her efforts, not only for the behind-the-scenes preparations for these Championships but for promoting cycling in general.
My very best wishes go to all the riders who will compete in these UCI Junior Track World Championships, an event that will give us a glimpse of the discipline’s very bright future.
Local Organizing Committee
I am excited to welcome you all to the 2022 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships here in Tel Aviv, my home, and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. With cycling the fastest growing sport here, Israel is becoming the ‘Start-Up Cycling Nation’ right here in the heart of the Middle East.
It is a great honour to host track cycling’s most exciting young athletes to Israel. Working hand in hand with our partners at the Israel Cycling Federation, the City of Tel Aviv, the Israel Ministry for Culture and Sports, the Tel Aviv National Sports Centre and Comtec Group, we know that you will have a warm and welcoming experience that you’ll never forget.
While Israel has had the honour of hosting world class sporting events, including a Grand Tour (the Giro d’Italia Big Start in 2018), there is something particularly special about hosting a Junior Cycling World Championships; the future of track cycling all under one roof! Indeed, the stunning National Velodrome, which bears my name, was built precisely to host tournaments of this calibre, and also to develop the sport within Israel. We have been successful on both fronts.
Sport is the ultimate bridge-builder, and our velodrome is a place where cyclists from around the region, and indeed further afield, are welcome to come and train and hone their skills.
I therefore call on all the participants to make the most of every second you are here. Get to know one another, meet our friendly people, taste our diverse cuisine, enjoy the sunshine, and most importantly, build those bridges for an inspiring and more hopeful future.
And when you’re on the track, I wish all of you the best of luck. We are so very proud to have you all here for this truly special event.
Local Organizing Committee
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo
“As easy as an iron horse/ A riding horse, my age’s joy!
His tendons are iron and his flesh is determined/ He will not know cold, he will not feel heat
On my horse I prepare to ride/ Hunger, thirst- he will not know
He will take me, he will care me/ until the edge of the land passes me by
Fly like a demon, on every path/ swallowing lands, drinking words
Indeed, what a wonder, my cherub/ my beloved riding horse”
This beautiful, tranquil poem, “Bicycle”, was written by Haim Nachman Bialik about 100 years ago.
In the years since the poem has captivated many a child’s imagination, the bicycle has become a central means of urban transport with countless benefits.
Cycling ensures healthy, easy, enjoyable travel that is fast, cheap, and environmentally friendly. Bikes do not contribute to parking or traffic congestion issues; widespread bicycle usage actually creates more livable & safe city neighborhoods for riders and pedestrians alike.
The municipality is taking an active part in converting Tel Aviv-Yafo residents into cyclists and supports the use of bikes as an alternate transportation tool for reaching various destinations in the city- work, school, shopping, day-to-day tasks, and recreational activities.
We are doing this by paving a network of bike paths that already stretch 164 kilometers, with over one million (!) rides taken per day. By 2025, this bike network will extend to 250 kilometers. This extensive bike network is designed to clear paved sidewalks for pedestrians while creating safe and comfortable infrastructure for bike riding.
So as you were riding on one of our city’s many newly developed bike paths- track cycling began to take its hold in Tel Aviv, featuring fixed gear biking without free-wheel or brakes, with riders tackling 42 degree slopes at over 60 kilometers per hour.
This dizzying sport is promoted by three cycling clubs in Tel Aviv-Yafo, along with the Israel Cycling Federation established here in the city. While these organizations’ contributions have contributed to the success of the sport, by far the largest stimulus to track cycling comes from the “Velodrome” established by Silvan Adams- The first professional arena of its kind in Israel and the Middle East for track cycling.
Tel Aviv-Yafo, the biking city, welcomes the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships and the hundreds of competitors joining us from 40 countries around the world ready to ride our newest track. I wish all of you great success, and most importantly- Ride Safely!
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo
Israel Cycling Federation
Dear National Federations, teams and riders,
On behalf of the Israel Cycling Federation, I look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Although Israel has hosted several important cycling events in the past, not least of which the Big Start of the 2018 Giro D’Italia, this will be the first cycling World Championships to be hosted in Israel, and the local cycling community is very excited for this milestone event. Our federation and its partners, namely Sylvan Adams, the City of Tel Aviv, the Israel Ministry for Culture and Sports, the Tel Aviv National Sports Centre and Comtec Group are working hard to make sure all preparations are made for this event to run smoothly.
The competition will be held at the beautiful Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, opened in 2020 within the National Sports Centre at the heart of Tel Aviv, at the edge of Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv’s “central park”. With 950 acres, the park hosts cyclists, runners, rowers, ball players, rock climbers, tennis players and other athletes. The velodrome is also the home of the Israel Cycling Federation headquarters.
I hope you will enjoy this magnificent multisport venue and consider returning for future competitions and training camps.
Looking forward to meeting you in Tel Aviv in August for the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships.
Israel Cycling Federation