A star-studded line up of over 140 riders will take to the track at the world-famous Manchester Velodrome for the 2007 National Track Cycling Championships, which run from 2-6 October.
At this year’s World Championships, held in Majorca, the British team came away with an unprecedented seven gold medals and completely dominated the medal table. Many of the riders who contributed to that outstanding team performance will be in competition during the National Track Championships as they set off on the long road to Beijing.
Leading the line up of stars is triple world champion Victoria Pendleton, who will be competing in two of her world title disciplines, the Sprint and Keirin. She will also be having a run out in the 500m time trial. She will be a huge favourite for all three. The one rider who looks capable of unsettling Pendleton in the sprint events is Anna Blyth, a recent world champion at Junior level, who made a very promising debut at the 2007 senior world championships.
Another sprinter, Chris Hoy, came away from the Track World Championships as a double champion and he will be a strong contender in both the Sprint and Keirin events. In the Team Sprint he lines up with fellow Scots Craig MacLean and Ross Edgar. This trio took the silver at the World Championships and it will take a major upset to deny them at the National Championships.
In the distance events, the biggest draw is another double world champion, Bradley Wiggins. With a personal best several seconds faster than anyone else entered, Wiggins should completely dominate the Individual Pursuit event, also held over 4000 metres (16 laps).
Tickets for this event cost £5 per day (covering the morning and evening sessions) or a 5-day event ticket can be purchased for the reduced price of £20. Under 16s enter free if accompanied by a paying adult, and group bookings of 10 or more qualify for 2 free tickets per group.
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster – to order your tickets, either book on line at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 847 1628 (24 hours), or in person at Ticketmaster ticket centres. For group bookings please contact 0844 844 2121. Tickets are also available through www.britishcycling.org.uk and in person at the Manchester Velodrome Reception.