The Keirin, often referred to as the race with the motorbike or “Derny,” is among the more fiercely contested events on the program. The Derny will lead the field for the opening laps before peeling off, queuing a sprint to the finish. In that lineup to sprint it out will be two medalists from last weekend’s World Cup in Cali, Colombia – silver medalist Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania) and bronze winner Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine) – along with 2015 World Champion Francois Pervis from France.
Women’s Team Pursuit
The weekend’s racing will feature members of Team USA’s silver-medal winning Women’s Team Pursuit lineup from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn.), Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.). The trio also helped the U.S. win gold in the event at the 2016 World Championships. Before competing in Rio, Dygert was named best young rider at the 2016 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM.
Men’s Team Sprint
A trio from New Zealand captured gold in the Men’s Team Sprint at the 2016 UCI World Championships – Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins. A few months later they won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The three riders will be racing together again on Sunday, wearing their rainbow jerseys one final time before this year’s world championships.
The Madison – one of the most exciting races on the track – now features both men’s and women’s competition. The Men’s Madison made its debut at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 1995, and the women’s race will be added this year, creating an even 10 events on both the men’s and women’s program.
First, the women are racing the Madison on the World Cup circuit. The event debuted in Glasgow, and the Los Angeles race will be the second time the women will be racing before world championships. France’s Laurie Berthon and Coralie Demay won silver in the Madison in Glasgow and will be back on the track on Sunday.
Races during Sunday’s evening session will be streamed live in the U.S. on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Sunday, Feb. 26. Universal HD will air highlights from the weekend on Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET both days.
For international broadcast times of Sunday’s racing, visit uci.ch.