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Cali has not only been one of the most important cities in the Colombian economy, it has also been one of the sports epicenters in the country. 

The official accomplishment of the First National Games in 1928 made of Cali a cutting-edge city organizing sports events. 

Subsequently, in 1971, the designation of Cali to host the Pan American Games changed the face of the city, with the construction of new sports facilities, avenues and public property which ratified Cali as the second Colombian city.

Cali and the Valle del Cauca have an extensive history in the national cycling because it has always been the scenery of major route events such as the Colombian Tour, and of many major track events too, due to the high effectiveness of the track of the ALCIDES NIETO PATIÑO velodrome which guarantees better times and a better spectacle.

Written by Jairo Chávez Ávila

Since 1996, and for 7 years, Cali was the meeting venue for the best riders in the world, thanks to the nomination made by the Congress of the UCI within the framework of the Cycling World Championship in Colombia 1995, and in Pacific Games, in Cali, in 1995.

THE CYCLING WORLD CUP ROUNDS OF THE UCI  IN CALI 

The Track World Cup was created by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 1993 to encourage this cycling modality in the world and to take it to the level of activity routers. 

Annually, the UCI allocates five cities in four continents, the responsibility of organizing each round.  It meets a schedule of nine tests for men and six for women. 

Copenhagen in Denmark, Valencia in Spain and Hyeres in France were the first three cities to make the Track World Cup in 1993. 

The city of Cali ran its name for the first time, at the request of Fondo Mixto of the Sports Promotion 1995, on the occasion of a visit of the UCI president to Cali, the Duch, Heinz Verbruggen who came to inspect the remodeling works of the ALCIDES NIETO PATIÑO velodrome.  That visit took place months before the inauguration of the First Pacific Games. 

The UCI granted Cali and to the Fondo Mixto the sports promotion, the opportunity to make the first round in 1996 along with cities like Havana, Athens, Busto Garolfo (Italy) and Cottbus (Germany).

Since then and until 2002, Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca was the only city of the world organizing the Track World Cups for seven years in a row. 

The maximum number of participant involved in a round in Cali occurred in 1998, when 191 riders were accredited, representing 29 countries.  The first year, 1996, there were 111 cyclist registered. 

In 2002 Cali made the seventh and final round.  It was the first of that season, Szczcecin (Poland), made the second; Pordenone (Italy), the third; Mexico, the fourth and Ipoh (Malaysia), the fifth. 

The races of the Track World Cups are: sprint, team sprint, kilometer (500mts), individual pursuit, team pursuit, keirin, points race, scratch and Madison. 

Each of these modalities is assigned with a score of 10 to 1 points for the first ten runners classified.  The total sum of the points provides an overall champion of nations at the end of the five rounds. 

France and Germany have been the dominant countries in most of the UCI World Cups held so far,  The French got their greatest trophy in 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000.  Germany got the title in 1994, 1998 and 1999. 

The Colombian rider Marlon Perez had had the best performances in the Colombian World Cups, he hung the gold medal at the point race in the year 2000, the pursuit team won the Aguascalientes competition in 2003 and the local rider Leonardo Duque, was the winner of points race in the same event. 

The Colombian Maria Luisa Calle was ranked as the fourth best persecutor of the World in 2000 adding the points earned in the three rounds in which she participated last year. 

The ALCIDES NIETO PATIÑO velodrome in Cali had the opportunity to be scenery of the appearance of ten World and Olympic champions at the 2001 round.
 1 - Jason Queally, Britain, kilometer Olympic champion.
 2 - Juan Llaneras, Spain, Olympic and World champion in the points race.
 3 - Laurent Gane, France, gold medal with the Speed Olimpic Team.  Silver medal in sprint, at the World Cup in Manchester.
 4 - Stefan Steinweg, Germany, World Champion of the Madison in Manchester.  Silver medal in the Individual pursuit.
 5 - Natalia Markovnichenko, Belarus, double gold medal in the 500 meters and women sprint at the World Cup in Manchester.
 6 - Jens Fiedler, Germany, silver medal at the Keirin in the world Cup of Manchester and bronze at the Sydney Olympics.
 7 - Chris Hoy, Great Britain, silver medal in team sprint in Sydney 2000.
 8 - Juan Esteban Curuchet and Edgardo Simon,  Argentina, bronze medal in the Madison,  in Manchester.
 9 - Lori-Ann Muenzer, Canada, silver medal in the women sprint in Manchester.
 10 - Damien Pommerau, France, bronze medal with the French team pursuit in Manchester.