The inaugural UCI Track Champions League will begin tomorrow ©UCI

The International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Champions League will officially launch tomorrow as Mallorca hosts the opening event of the inaugural season.

Plans for the series were initially announced in March 2020, with the UCI Track Champions League name, logo, and ambassadors revealed in November.

Six rounds were originally set to feature during the inaugural season, but the Paris leg was removed in September due to the Velodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Organisers say 29 Olympic medallists will feature at the opening round of the series.

Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell and the Netherlands’ Shanne Braspennincx, the Tokyo 2020 women’s sprint and keirin gold medallists, will be among the starters in the women’s sprint category.

Katie Archibald, who won women’s madison gold with Laura Kenny at the Olympics, will participate in the endurance events.

The Netherlands’ Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland, the Olympic sprint gold and silver medallists, feature in the men’s field in Mallorca.

Britain’s Ed Clancy, one of the ambassadors for the series, will compete in the men’s endurance category.

Clancy, a three-time Olympic champion, announced his retirement during Tokyo 2020 due to an ongoing back issue but will line-up at the opening round of the season.

The schedule includes scratch and elimination races for endurance riders, as well as sprint and keirin competitions for riders in the sprint categories.

The full programme is expected to take three hours.

The Velòdrom Illes Balears in Mallorca is due to host competition tomorrow.

The venue has a capacity of 6,607, which is currently restricted due to Covid-19 regulations.

A total of 18 riders will compete in each category meaning a total of 72 riders will participate, with equal numbers of male and female.

Rankings will be determined by points allocated to riders from their performance in each race, which will count towards a league table.

The overall winner in each of the categories will be the rider with the most points at the end of the series.

At the end of each round the four current leaders of each category will be awarded the leader’s jersey to wear at the next event.

An overall prize pool of more than €500,000 (£430,000/$575,000) will be awarded during the series, with prize money allocated equally to men and women.

Prize money will be awarded for the top 10 riders in each race, with winners receiving €1,000 (£860/$1,200).

The overall winner of each category will also receive €25,000 (£21,500/$30,500), with prize money allocated for each place in the overall standings.

The names of the winners will be etched into a trophy after the final round, with four replicas provided for the winning riders.

The UCI hopes the series will help to elevate track cycling, with the sport format and condensed calendar providing a series designed for mainstream television viewers with a clear narrative during the season.