Sir Chris Hoy will look to open his London 2012 qualifying account at the opening two rounds of the 2010/11 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics.
The series kicks off in Melbourne, Australia from December 2-4 before arriving in Cali, Columbia from December 16-18, with four-time Olympic gold medallist Hoy named in both squads.
While the far-flung World Cup events are traditionally used to blood younger riders, this time out British Cycling has assembled two strong squads with the aim of scoring as many Olympic qualification points.
Hoy made an embarrassing first round exit at the European Championships earlier this month – the first qualifying event on the road to London 2012.
Olympic sprint champion Victoria Pendleton, Olympic team sprint gold medallist Jason Kenny and world Omnium champion Ed Clancy will also contest both events.
The men’s team pursuit squad will focus on Melbourne while the women’s team pursuit squad will compete in Cali.
“We are aiming to gain as many Olympic qualification points as we can as early as we can in the season, but it’s likely that other nations will be taking the same approach which is why we’ve decided to send a full strength squad to contest the first two rounds of the World Cup season,” said performance manager Shane Sutton.
“The whole squad has good form at the moment, and the recent European Track Championships has given us an indicator of what is required to be competitive at the World Cups.”
Riders for Melbourne
Sir Chris Hoy
Riders for Cali
Sir Chris Hoy