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Entries have now closed revealing the team nominations for the forthcoming UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester 26-30th March 2008.

A total of 300 riders comprising 207 men and 93 women from 37 nations are on the list for 18 events during the 5-day championships.

One of the biggest battles for medals will be in the men’s team sprint. Teams from France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany and Australia will all fancy their chances in the three-man race which will be won by thousandths of a second over three explosive laps of the track. Great Britain has revealed the early nominations as Jamie Staff, Ross Edgar and Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton but the final team won’t be revealed until next Tuesday after months of speculation about selection. The Dutch team is fixed with Theo Bos, Tim Veldt and Teun Mulder but the Australians are likely to choose three out of their nominations Ryan Bayley, Mark French, Ben Kersten and Daniel Ellis. The French team has already been announced with Arnaud Tournant recruited as a reserve but the legendary sprinter will ride the Keirin event pitched against Britain’s Chris Hoy. Hoy had a winning streak of 22 consecutive wins in the Keirin over the past year. Bos and Mulder are also listed to ride in the sprint competition. Continue Reading »

Canon, a world-leader in imaging and information technology solutions has confirmed its continued support as the official imaging supplier to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester 26th to 30th March 2008.

Canon’s regional Business Centre based in the North East is supplying a range of high-end mono and colour printing equipment to the event.  It is imperative to the race that a high level of service and reliability is provided and the company’s on-site technical support guarantee that all race results of the high-speed, high-drama races are captured, distributed and viewed by race organisers and the general public. Continue Reading »

The women’s team pursuit debuts at this years UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester March 26-30th and British Cycling Performance Director David Brailsford is aiming to have a team ready for the final round of the World Cup in Copenhagen in February.

“There are more events to go for in the World Championships than there are in the Olympics,” said Brailsford: “One of the new events is the women’s team pursuit and that’s really exciting. The British team are not only getting strength in depth but also strength in breadth across more disciplines than we have before.”

British world class individual pursuiters Wendy Houvenaghel and Rebecca Romero are favourites for two of the three team pursuit places but who would be in the frame for the final place?

Joanna Rowsell

“We are doing some work on that at the moment,” explained Brailsford: “We have got Lizzie Armistead, Rachel Heal and Jo Rowsell and we are doing some testing and training. We will decide the final team closer to the date.

Lizzie Armistead

“We are only taking five riders over to the Los Angeles World Cup,” continued Brailsford: “The journey back from L.A. takes the riders 5-10 days to get over and our plan was to look at the women’s team pursuit in Copenhagen in preparation for the World’s in Manchester in March. All being well we will debut in the women’s team pursuit in Copenhagen.”

The Russian team won the first ever World Cup event in Sydney in November with a time of 3.29.072 beating home team Australia into second spot. The Ukraine team, which included former double junior world champion Shulika Lyubov won the second event in Beijing in December. The Dutch team have yet to enter the competition but like Great Britain may be leaving it late with a good contingent of endurance riders to choose from including former world road and cyclo-cross champion Marianne Vos who won the scratch race in Beijing.