The UCI Track World Championships will be held in London from 2 - 6 March 2016 (3 -7 March our time). Aussie women are good at track cycling - in four out of the nine women's track worlds events,Australia are reigning world champs. Here's how you can follow them.

Track Cycling 101: the rainbow stripes, AKA the rainbow jersey

Just like with most cycling disciplines, once you understand what's going on in track cycling, you fall in love with its beauty, its speed, and wonder where it's been all your life (said by a totally objective writer, of course (coughs)). 50,000 tickets have been sold for this year's track worlds, so it can't just be this writer who loves it. 

In every cycling discipline, world champions are awarded a gold medal and the "rainbow stripes" on the podium i.e. the jersey with the colours of the rainbow on it. OK, so it's not a rainbow, the stripes are blue, red, black (NOT a colour) yellow and green. 

Cyclists covet the rainbow stripes just as much as Olympic medals and have done so for decades. Some fans even prefer the UCI World Track Cycling Championships to Olympic track cycling (but that's a story for another day).

Track Cycling 101: the two discplines - sprint and endurance 

Track cycling is split into its own two disciplines: sprint and endurance events. As each discipline requires a whole different set of twitch fibres and energy systems, nations' track teams are furthermore split into sprint and endurance teams. For example, Anna Meares is on the sprint team and would never race the team pursuit, an endurance event. Got it? 

To make it easier, we've split up the disciplines for you in the tabs below, along with associated events and the Aussie riders to watch and follow. But generally: 

Aussie women's sprint team - four gold medal/rainbow stripes on offer

 

Aussie women's endurance team - four gold medal/rainbow stripes on offer

 

(Note: there is a fifth endurance event, the scratch race, but Australia is not entering a rider as it falls on the same day as the team pursuit qualifying round)

SBS Coverage Thursday 3 - 7 March: 

Live on SBS2 and streamed live online at Cycling Central at the following times (check your local guides) 

Thursday 3 March: 0630 – 0830 AEDT
Friday 4 March: 0600 – 0800 AEDT
Saturday 5th March: 0630 – 0845 AEDT
Sunday 6th March: 0550 – 0915 AEDT
Monday 7th March: 0100 – 0500 AEDT

 

Wednesday 2 Mar 2016

 The following cyclists will compete in this event:    

China (Jinjie Gong & Tianshi Zhong) are reigning world champions. 

Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Thursday 3 March from 0630 – 0830 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

The qualifying rounds will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub from 12 midnight, Thursday 5th March for updates on these rounds. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes. 

What is the team sprint? 

 

The following cyclists will be competing in this event.   

Anna Meares is the reigning world champion. 

Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Friday, 4 March from 0600 – 0800 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

Round 1 will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub from 12 midnight, Friday 4th March for updates on round 1. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.

 

What is the keirin? 

The following cyclists will be competing in this event.   

Kristina Vogel (Germany) is the reigning world champion. 

Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Monday 7th March from 0100 – 0500 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

The preceding rounds will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub on Saturday 5th March from 9pm, and Sunday 6th March from 9pm for updates on these rounds. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.

 

What is the sprint?  

The following cyclists are eligible to compete in this event:

One of these riders will compete in this event, but just who has not yet been finalised. The reigning world champion is Anastasia Voynova (Russia).  

This event will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub for updates on this event Saturday, 5th March from about 1.30am. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.

What is the time trial:  

The following cyclist will compete in this event:  

Wiasak is the reigning world champion. 

Watch LIVE: SBS2 Thursday 3rd March from 0630 – 0830 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

The earlier qualifying round will not be broadcast. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub for updates on this round on Thursday 5th March from 12 midnight (that's Thursday morning). This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.  

What is the individual pursuit? 

The following cyclists will compete in this event:  

The Australians are the reigning world champions. They also posted the world record time of 4 minutes, 13.683 seconds in 2015 shaving almost three seconds off the previous record. 

Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Saturday 5th March from 0630 – 0845 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

The earlier qualifying round will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub on Saturday 5th March from 12 midnight (that's Saturday morning) for updates on this round. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.  

What is the team pursuit?

The following cyclist will compete in this multi discipline event (it's like the heptathlon):

Edmonson is the reigning world champion in this event and been in hot form all summer on the road. 

Omnium round III - Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Sunday 6th March from 0550 – 0915 AEDT or online at Cycling Central 
Omnium round VI - Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Monday 7th March from 0100 – 0500 AEDT or online at Cycling Central  

The other rounds in this multi event will not be broadcast live. Visit Cycling Australia's track worlds hub on Saturday 5th March from 9pm onwards, and Sunday 6th March from 9pm for updates on these rounds. This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.  

What is the omnium 

The following cyclist will compete in this event:  

This is Baker's track worlds debut. The reigning champion is Stephanie Pohl (Germany).

Watch LIVE: SBS2 on Sunday 6th March from 0550 – 0915 AEDT or online at Cycling Central

This link includes all of Cycling Australia's social media accounts including the athletes.  

What is the points race?