British Eurosport has secured the broadcast rights to the next two editions of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup series.
The new deal will feature racing from Melbourne, Cali (Colombia), Beijing and Manchester, with Eurosport exclusive in the UK for the rounds in Melbourne, Cali and Beijing.
The series kicks off on December 6, where Sir Chris Hoy will spearhead Great Britain’s squad in an attempt to get his London 2012 Olympic qualifying campaign off and running.
Four-time Olympic champion Hoy will race the Keirin before joining up with Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton in the team sprint. Ed Clancy will compete in both the omnium and team pursuit endurance events.
Also competing in Australia will be world sprint champion Victoria Pendleton who, with Jess Varnish, will go head-to-head with Australia’s world champions Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch in the team sprint. The endurance women will be absent in Melbourne, opting to race in Cali.
The 2011/12 season will see a London 2012 Olympic test event, which will be part of the series, replacing the round in Manchester.
David Harmon and Tony Gibb will be in the commentary box for round one from Melbourne.
Monday December 6
1030-1230 Delayed coverage on British Eurosport (Sky 410 & Virgin Media 521)
2200-0000 Delayed coverage on British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411 & Virgin Media 525)
Sunday December 19
1900-2100 Delayed coverage on British Eurosport 2
Wednesday January 24
1300-1500 Delayed coverage on British Eurosport 2
Sunday February 20
1500-1800 Live coverage on British Eurosport 2