If Melbourne was in a frenzy after the World Championship Road Racing during September and October, the UCI World Cup Track Cycling from 2 to 4 December will keep the momentum going. More than 250 of the world’s best from more than 35 nations will ‘crank it up’ in 12 events over three days of thrills, spills and pure adrenalin. The early success of the Aussie Cyclones track riders in the Dehli Commonwealth games is driving expectations high.
Australia’s sprint Queen, Anna Meares, says the Cyclones relish the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd and look forward to again being the top team of the round.
“We’re getting set to take on all comers and as the first World Cup round to offer qualifying points for the 2012 Olympic Games we’ll be extra keen to impress,” said 27-year-old Meares who is currently burning up the boards at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she is on track for a gold medal clean sweep of the women’s track sprint events.
“If you think the action’s hot in Delhi just wait until Melbourne,” she said.
Tickets are now on sale for the event which will see a host of World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champions in action. The events being contested include all those on the new Olympic Games program plus two host country selected events.
In Melbourne the organising committee has opted for the 500m time trial, in which Meares is the reigning World Champion, and the Madison won by Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard at the 2010 World Championships. Australia is also the reigning World Champions in three other events on the schedule being the women’s and men’s teams pursuit and the women’s team sprint.
The 2010/2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is a four round series which kicks off in Melbourne before heading to Colombia (Cali 16 to 18 December), China ( Beijing 21 to 23 January) and England (Manchester 18 to 20 February).
The Classics act as a qualifying series for the 2011 UCI Track World Championships being staged in the Netherlands from 23 to 27 March.
Melbourne, which successfully staged the 2004 World Championships, will also host the 2012 UCI Track World Championships which are the final qualifying event for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Event Website: www.trackworldcup.com.au
Tickets from Ticketek (starting at $15)