Best described as cycling’s own version of the decathlon, the Omnium tests the all round track racing abilities of each competitor demanding skill, speed, endurance and tactical abilities in order to win. Riders score points according to their placing in each event with fewer points awarded the higher the placing. The rider with the lowest number of points overall wins.

The Omnium at the Track World Cup consists of:

  1. Flying 1 lap time trial
  2. Points race 30 km for men 20 km for women
  3. Elimination
  4. Individual pursuit 4000m for men, 3000m for women
  5. Scratch race
  6. Time trial: 1km men 500m women


The Omnium was introduced to the Men’s programme at the 2007 world champs and to the women’s programme in 2009. With the omnium now replacing a number of the endurance events that were previously part of the Olmpic track cycling programme it has now been introduced to the Track World Cup circuit and makes its Manchester debut this year.

What to watch out for

With riders competing in multiple events, expect to see the overall standings have an effect on the bunch races like the points race and scratch race when riders might have the opportunity to combine to gain an advantage over their rivals or make up ground lost in the individual rounds.

One to Watch

Already one of the best road riders in the world, Lizzie Armitstead has the combination of tactics, speed and stamina that make her well suited to the Omnium. Having previously won rounds of the Track World Cup in points race, scratch race and team pursuit she’s shown that she has the credentials to be amongst the best in the Omnium.