UCI President Brian Cookson confirmed the award of World Championships today ©ITG

Pruszkow has been named as the host of the 2019 International Cycling Union (UCI) Track World Championships, as the governing body announced a series of modernisations of their rules regarding road racing, mountain bike, BMX racing and indoor cycling.

The Pruszkow velodrome was one of several locations confirmed as hosts of World Championships, with the venue set to host the track event for the first time since 2009.

Located near Poland’s capital Warsaw, the velodrome will also stage the opening round of the 2017 to 2018 Track Cycling World Cup season.

Basel in Switzerland will host the 2019 Indoor Cycling World Championships, while Manchester will be the venue for both the Masters Track Cycling World Championships in 2019 and 2020.

It was also confirmed that the 2020 Gran Fondo World Championships would take place in Vancouver, with the town of Dübendorf in Switzerland named Cyclo-cross World Championship host in the same year.

The award means it was be the first time since 1995 that Switzerland has held the event.

A decision to award the 2018 Four-cross World Championships to Val di Sole in Italy was also revealed.

“We are pleased to be able to reveal the names of the hosts of a large number of UCI World Championships, and we look forward to working with the successful cities and regions to make great sporting and public successes of these events," said Brian Cookson, UCI President.

“Hosting our annual World Championships always arouses great interest, among both seasoned organisers and new ones from regions or cities that will host one of our highest-profile competitions for the first time. 

"This demonstrates both the strong historical roots of our World Championships and the development of our disciplines into new areas.”

Pruszkow will host the World Track Cycling Championships for the first time in a decade in 2019 ©Getty Images
Pruszkow will host the World Track Cycling Championships for the first time in a decade in 2019 ©Getty Images

The decisions came following a meeting of the UCI Management Committee, with a key change seeing a reduction in the peloton size at all events on the international road calendar.

A maximum peloton size of 176 riders was confirmed, meaning teams will only be able to field teams of seven riders in all men’s road races.

This change does not apply to the three Grand Tour events, which will carry a cap of eight riders per team.

In the UCI Women’s WorldTour, teams can field a maximum of six riders in a one-day race, rising to seven for stage races.

The governing body stated the decision was taken to improve the safety of the riders, spectators and the race convoy.

An addition of a cross-country short track race to the Mountain Bike World Cup programme was confirmed, with the UCI claiming it would prove spectator and television friendly.

The XCC race will now take place at every round of the cross-country World Cup, with action taking place over 20 minutes on a one to 1.5km long course.

The top-16 riders will occupy the first two rows at the event.

An improvement in prize money was also announced for mountain bike, with the World Championship prize pool rising from €6,000 (£5,300/$7,200) to €10,000 (£8,900/$12,000), while the World Cup will increase from €3,950 (£3,500/$4,700) to €6,500 (£5,700/$7,800).

The UCI confirmed reductions in the size of pelotons during international races ©Getty Images
The UCI confirmed reductions in the size of pelotons during international races ©Getty Images

An updated format of the BMX Supercross World Cup, which will see only the top two riders instead of four  progress from the last chance qualifier phase, was confirmed after a trial period.

The system of awarding BMX permanent career numbers was renamed ‘International Elite Numbers’ to offer riders a stronger marketable identity around a number which they have the exclusive right to use for a period of time.

The UCI state that from 2020, the top 40 men and top 40 women in the BMX ranking of 31st December, Tokyo 2020 Olympians, and all present and past Olympic and World Champions still active at the elite level will be allowed to either keep their existing permanent number.

They would also have the opportunity to choose a new one between 10 and 99, with the numbers being awarded until the end of 2024, when the system would be repeated.

A launch of the Artistic Cycling World Cup in 2018 was also confirmed, with four rounds expected to take place.

Prague is due to host the first event in in February, with Heerlen in The Netherlands scheduled for an event in either May or June, while Hong Kong could host in August and Erlenbach in Germany is slated for November.