Sky New Zealand has become the first broadcast partner of the UCI Track Champions League.
It and its more than 900,000 subscribers join host broadcaster Eurosport, which will broadcast the competition in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. It will also be available on the GCN + subscription platform.
Further broadcast partnerships are expected to be announced ahead of the inaugural event, which takes place in Palma, Mallorca, on November 6.
Francois Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, said: “Sky New Zealand is an important addition to what will soon be a long list of international broadcasters bringing the excitement of the UCI Track Champions League to fans around the world. New Zealand has a strong history in track cycling, so this is a key market for us as we look to expand audiences with this innovative new format. We look forward to announcing a series of international broadcasters who will join them as November approaches. “
Sky Commercial Director Jonny Errington added: “New Zealand is doing well on the global cycling scene, and our stars and the sport are supported by an enthusiastic fan base. By securing the UCI Track Cycling Champions League, Sky can help inspire thousands of Kiwis, demonstrating excellence in this fast-paced competition. We are delighted to offer the League to our viewers.
The UCI Track Champions League officially launched last month and will feature 72 runners split 50/50 between men and women to earn points in a league format. Sprinters will run both Sprint and Keirin while Endurance runners will run both Elimination and Scratch.