Chris Hoy leads Olympic velodrome line-up

hoyBeijing.jpgOlympic Gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will head a world class field for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup later this month.

The event at the Olympic velodrome will take place from 16-19 February and will be one of the most eagerly anticipated 2012 test events.

The full line-up of competitors includes five Olympic champions and 16 world champions, including Britain's Jason Kenny, Australia's Anna Meares and Robert Forstemann of Germany.

A total of 340 riders from 48 nations and 18 trade teams will compete in the four day competition. Highlights include finals of the Men's and Women's Team Sprint on Friday, the ever exciting Team Pursuit and the tactical Keirin races.

velodrome.jpgWith riders eager to compete in the London 2012 venue, the event has attracted the world's best track cyclists, as many nations compete for Olympic qualification. Over 23,000 spectators will enjoy the elite action as athletes ride competitively for the first time in the Velodrome.

DebbieJevans.JPGLocog Director of Sport Debbie Jevans said: "The standard of riders we have attracted is phenomenal with most of the world's best riders participating.

"The athletes will be competing for the first time in the Olympic venue in front of thousands of fans so we are looking forward to an exceptional event.

"As well as it being a vital competition for the athletes, it is key for Locog in terms of our testing to ensure that we are ready at Games time.

"We will be testing the overall venue operations, the track, the timing and results and our workforce."

Tickets sold out within minutes when they went on sale last November and Locog said it is making every effort to offer additional tickets to the event.