The Swiss Velodrome in Grenchen (Switzerland) will host the Elite Track European Championships from 5 to 9 October 2021.
Already the venue of the 2015 Track Elite European Championships, the modern Swiss facility is getting ready once again to welcome the continental event with the participation of over 300 riders from 25 countries for five days of racing where 22 titles will be awarded (11 events on the programme for the two categories).
Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: “We are very pleased to return to Grenchen with one of the most important events on our calendar and will do so with great enthusiasm.
Over the last few weeks we have had various contact with certain National Federations to move the Championships, especially Lithuania who expressed an interest and above all a great potential for developing Track cycling above and beyond.
I would therefore like to thank the Prime Minister, Ingrida Šimonytė, the Sports Minister, Jurgita Šiugždinienė, and her Deputy, Linas Obcarskase, the President of the Lithuanian Cycling Federation, Darius Levickis, and the General Secretary, Stasys Petrauskas. Together, we have launched a major project which could make Lithuania the main feature in a series of European events and initiatives in the near future.
We will experience a unique and exciting event and I would like to thank the Canton of Solothurn and the town of Grenchen.
Above all thank you to Swiss Cycling, a federation that was especially active last year, in a difficult situation during the health crisis and who successfully supported the organization of the 2020 MTB European Championships in Monte Tamaro. Together with the Swiss Cycling Management, the Co-Presidents Franz Gallati and Patrick Hunger and the Director General, Thomas Peter, we have a strong relationship built on mutual respect and trust which will help us greatly with the success of future events.
Special thanks to the Swiss Velodrome facility, managed by Peter Wirz and Juan Espasandin, for the enthusiastic welcome we always receive and who, with a confirmed and well-known track record in organising, will take care of all aspects of the Championships in one of the best venues in Europe, and not just for Track cycling.”
Thomas Peter, General Director of Swiss Cycling: “The European Championships are an important competition on the track specialist's calendar. We are happy that we have been able to find a solution together with the UEC and Tissot Velodrome to give the riders the opportunity to compete in this event in Switzerland. We look forward to providing our experience and expertise in the organisation of cycling events.”
Peter Wirz and Juan Espasandin, Tissot Velodrome: “We are extremely happy and proud to have the opportunity to organise and host the Elite Track European Championships at the Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen. Our Team is eager and enthusiastic to start the organisation.
We would like to give our special thanks to the UEC for their trust, support and honorable collaboration. Furthermore, we would like to thank Swiss Cycling for the excellent cooperation and the support.
We are looking forward to welcoming the elite riders at our Velodrome in Grenchen and to see some thrilling race days.”