UCI World Cup – Manchester
DECEMBER 9TH – 11TH 2005
Manchester Velodrome – National Cycling Centre – Stuart Street – Manchester – M11 4DQ
The Team Sprint will be one of the highlights of the Manchester round of the UCI Track World Cup between 9th and 11th December and with two British teams confirmed to race a GB head to head could be on the cards.
UCI regulations allow trade teams to compete at the World Cup events so whilst Great Britain will be fielding a trio made up of Olympic Kilo Champion Chris Hoy, National Sprint Champion Craig MacLean and young Scottish star Ross Edgar a Science in Sport team including World Team Sprint Champions Jason Queally and Jamie Staff and emerging sprint star Matthew Crampton will also enter the competition.
The fact that these teams will represent Scotland and England at the Commonwealth Games next year puts a serious amount of national pride on the line with both nations out to prove their dominance. Scottish powerhouse Chris Hoy is all too aware of what is at stake,
“The Team Sprint will be an important contest. Whilst we will be out to win for Great Britain it will be interesting for us Scots to test the form of the English riders. If we go head to head it will be taken very seriously as whoever comes out on top will have a psychological boost in advance of the Games in Melbourne.”
The fact that England and Scotland will get to race at a championship event will also be an important part of their preparation against rivals such as the Australians,
“In the past the Aussies have and a bit of an advantage having the experience of always competing together,” commented Hoy. “The World Cup will give us an opportunity to race at top level as the home nation which should level the playing field a bit and really help our preparation. We have strength in depth and with riders like Marco Librizzi boosting the squad confidence is pretty high.”
The competition is not just about the Brits though as the worlds best will descend on the Manchester Velodrome setting up an awesome display of explosive action. The Dutch will be fielding the team who came a narrow second to Great Britain at the World Championships earlier this year with Theo Bos, Tuen Mulder and Tim Veldt set to race. With squads to be announced from other top nations the Team Sprint will provide championship racing at its very best.
Tickets and full details of the race programme from each day at the UCI World Cup are available at www.worldtrackcycling.com or by calling 01372 464 666
Tickets are available in both standard and premium seating. Standard – is for unreserved seating. Premium – is for reserved, numbered seating in the home straight (Block N) and the back straight (Block E).
1-Day Premium: Adult £18 – Child £9
1-Day Standard: Adult £12 – Child £6
2-Day Premium: Adult £32 – Child £16
2-Day Standard: Adult £20 – Child £10
3-Day Premium: Adult £45 – Child £22
3-Day Standard: Adult £30 – Child £15
Track Centre Hospitality
If you are looking for a unique Christmas party experience or wish to entertain guests, then take advantage of trackside dining at the forthcoming Manchester World Cup.
Enjoy a night at the races like no other; you will have the best seats in the house at your own table from where you will be entertained by some of the greatest cyclists in the world. Soak up the atmosphere and dine in style enjoying a spectacular trackside seat with the finest food and wine. With catering provided on the day by the renowned Heathcotes this will be a unique experience and a rare opportunity to see the stars of the track up close right at the heart of the action.
For more information or to reserve your table please call: 01372 464 666 or, alternatively, e-mail: [email protected]