TRACK BICYCLING WORLD CUP

  • Venue: Manchester Velodrome
  • Dates: 1-3 November

Insurance coverage: Live on BBC Crimson Button on 1 Nov from 19: 00-22: 00 GMT and 2 Nov from 18: 00-22: 00 then online until 22: 45. Live on BBC Two from 14: 20-17: 30 on 3 or more Nov.

The particular world’s leading track cyclists anticipate one of the best atmospheres in the sport whenever racing begins at the Manchester Track World Cup on Friday.

“I’m super-excited to have a massive crowd great. It’ll be like the Olympics again, inch said Laura Trott, a dual gold medallist at London 2012.

German Olympic champion Kristina Vogel told BBC Sport: “It’s at all times amazing to ride in Stansted. It’s so loud. “


Team pursuit and team run races begin the World Cup on Friday.

The men’s omnium and keirin titles are decided alongside the women’s individual sprint on Saturday, with the women’s omnium, can certainly keirin and men’s sprint concluding the event on Sunday.

Trott, which won team pursuit and omnium gold at London 2012 and
took both European game titles earlier this month, insists she is no more a marked girl than any of her rivals.

“I don’t really think about [being the rider to beat], ” she told BBC Sport. “I have to beat them, too. They have targets on their backs for me personally.

“The omnium is a challenge. I have so many ups and downs – at the Euros I crashed, so I had loads of fluctuations in a day. One minute I love it; the next, ‘what am I doing? ‘

“I get a buzz from it becoming so emotional as well. It’s tough on your legs, it’s such a lengthy competition, but it’s draining on your emotions as well. It’s good entering the 500m, going: ‘Is the lady going to win, or isn’t the lady? ‘”

The 500m time test is the last and deciding self-discipline of the omnium, while the crowd-pleasing eliminator element is scheduled for Saturday’s evening session.

The 21-year-old can first take to the track alongside Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker in the new-look can certainly team pursuit on Friday.

This year, the race has been revamped from a three-woman, 12-lap race to a four-woman, 16-lap format bringing the event in line with the men’s equivalent.

In a debut senior year she describes as “pretty nuts, ” 19-year-old Barker
has helped GB to globe and European pursuit gold in 2013.

She told BBC Sport: “It’s pretty nerve-wracking most of the time. They are such high-profile girls and they’d just won the Olympics. I didn’t want to be the first one in order to let them down, but they were really nice and welcoming. “

Barker made her debut at last year’s Glasgow World Cup – the first occasion in the UK since the Olympics.

“If [Manchester] is anything such as Glasgow last year, it’ll be absolutely incredible, ” she said. “Glasgow was the first and last time I have had a home crowd, so I’m really looking forward to it. “

Amongst Britain’s sprinters, Becky James and Jason Kenny – both associated with whom
won world game titles in Minsk in February – believe they can improve on their recent form in Manchester.

“I’m not coming into this World Cup within the best form of my life and I’m not expecting too much of myself, inch said James, whose sprint and keirin world titles helped her assume the retired Victoria Pendleton’s role of leading British sprinter.

“If I haven’t got that will speed at the moment, that’s what I want to have by the end of February. I want to be on top form and top speed by the World Championships [in Cali, Colombia, in late February 2014]. inch


James will pair up with Jess Varnish – whose 2013 has been blighted by a back damage – in the women’s team run, while the two will go head-to-head within the individual sprint.

Kenny, who such as James missed out on a European precious metal medal this month, said: “The Europeans didn’t go terribly nicely, but hopefully we’ll be a little bit nearer the pace. It does assist being at home. “

His initial task is to race with Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi within Friday’s team sprint, an event by which Britain missed the podium totally at this year’s Europeans and Worlds.

“We’ve got a really good team, difficult like we’ve fallen to bits, ” said Kenny. “But it’s always been a weakness of our bait – considering we are the Olympic champions in Beijing and Greater london, we haven’t won anything in between.

“For whatever reason we’ve been the Olympic champions but never able to get it out at a World Championships, that is really annoying. It would be nice in order to sort that out this year.

“We’ve got the potential. The goal within Manchester is to make sure we perform our best and hopefully it’ll put us on the top spot. “