The Cycling Hub of the country Ludhiana played host to the 68th Senior, 45th Junior & 31st Sub-Junior National Track Cycling Championship from 16th to 20th of Dec.’15 under the aegis of the Cycling Federation of India. A record number of participants of 475 athletes from 21 states, four Boards namely services, Railways, BSNL and PB Police took part in this five day event. The event under Mr. K. Dattatraya as the Chief Commissarie, supported by team of 30 National Technical Officials was conducted in utter perfection.
The championship was inaugurated by S.Daljeet Singh Cheema, Education Minister, Govt. of Punjab with great fun and fare and wonderful performance of Punjabi folk dancers. Mr. S.S Dhillon minister of Irrigation Punjab was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony along with Sh. P.S Dhindsa President CFI and Finance Minister of Punjab, who was Guest of honor and gave away the trophies to the winners.
The five day event saw flurry of 11 new records which is unprecedented in the history of Indian cycling. The best feature was the record breaking performance by Ms. Deborah who was recently ranked 4th in the world for the 500 meter time trial event.
The young find of the tournament Mr. Essaw from A & N who created two records in Sub. Junior and Junior event of 500mtr individual time trial. Mr. Amarjeet Singh Nagi of the Railways excelled in the Senior events of Sprint-Men Elite and was declared the best cyclist of the championship while Deborah was best cyclist in the women Elite Section.
The overall championship in the men section was cornered by Services while in the women section it was won by the state of Kerala.
Track cycling in India has been seeing a great level of advancements recently and the Nationals has delivered some new and promising talent to keep these advancements going.