The cream of British cycling will return to the scene of their London 2012 triumphs next week – their last chance to snatch a place at Rio 2016.
Some 21 riders will represent Great Britain at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Stratford – including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Laura Trott.
The four-day event – March 2-6 – at the Lee Valley VeloPark will see the world’s top riders compete for the famous rainbow jerseys in races including individual springs, team pursuits and the omnium.
Omnium competitor Mark Cavendish, winner of the recent Tour of Qatar, will also pair up with Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Madison – an event the pairing won at the last home worlds in Manchester 2008.
Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes will return to the site of their 2012 Olympic successes, whilst Emily Nelson and Chris Latham make the elite world championship team for the first time.
Technical director Shane Sutton said: “We’ve selected the strongest squad available to us for these worlds – we’re in good shape and the team we’ve selected is close to the Olympic model.
“It’s great to see Ed Clancy and Katie Archibald included on the squad and that’s testament to the hard work of the Performance Support Team who have ably led the rehabilitation of these riders following their respective injuries.
“Winning is always a key objective for any sports team and we’re sticking to our long-term goal which is success at the Olympic Games in Rio so we’ll be making performance decisions based on this strategy.
“That said, there’s been a marked increase in momentum within the squad recently and we’ve been seeing some promising numbers in training, so I’m expecting to see some strong performances across the board and spectators will be guaranteed to see some world-class competition.”
Sprint: Over three laps
Keirin: “With the motorbike.”
Scratch race: 50km (60 laps).
Points race: Collect points in intermediate sprints over 40km.
Madison: Pair of riders over 50km.
Individual Pursuit: 4km (3km for women).
Team Sprint: Raw pace
Team Pursuit: Two teams of four.
Omnium: Over two days and six events.
Time trials: Sprint time trial.