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Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester this week

Victoria Pendleton will be seeking medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup

The Manchester Velodrome will this week open its doors to the best track cyclists in the world as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics gets underway on Friday 30 October, beginning three days of racing.

The event sees the return of four-time Olympic Gold medallist, Chris Hoy, in the Keirin and sprint disciplines as well as current Olympic and World Champion Victoria Pendleton and two-time Junior World Champion Becky James.

Friday begins with ten hours of racing including the men’s 1km Time Trial and Individual Pursuit and closing with the women’s Sprint. Saturday (31 October) starts with the men’s 1km Time Trial, women’s Team Sprint and Individual Pursuit as well as the men’s Madison. The day comes to an end after the final of the women’s Point Race. Closing day, Sunday (1 November) hosts international stars during the popular Japanese Keirin event. The afternoon session will also feature the final of the women’s Team Pursuit and men’s Team Sprint.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Cycle Sport and Membership Director says: “We are delighted to be holding the event here for the third consecutive year in what will be another fantastic occasion for fans to come and watch the world’s best cyclists in the busiest indoor Velodrome in the world. The event is proving as popular as last year when people came in their thousands to watch the victorious GB Cycling Team on their doorstep after the Olympics.

“Manchester has already built a credible reputation as the home of British Cycling and has a continuing commitment to host major events. Our partnership with Manchester City Council, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and UK Sport shows our continued commitment to bringing major sporting events to the city.”

All three days will be available to watch on television, with Friday and Saturday available via the red button on BBC interactive and Sunday will be live from 2pm until 4.45pm on BBC2.

Or you can still book a ticket by calling Ticketmaster at 0844 847 2425 or heading to www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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