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.
(PRWEB) January 31, 2012
Olympic Gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will head up a world class field for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung, taking place from 16-19 February 2012 at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park which doubles up as a London 2012 test event.
Today the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) revealed the full line up which will include five Olympic Champions and 16 World Champions including current Sprint World Champions Jason Kenny (Great Britain) and Anna Meares (Australia) and Robert Forstemann (Germany) who is currently ranked World Cup number one in Sprint and Team Sprint.
With 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.
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.
LOCOG Director of Sport Debbie Jevans said of the event: “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 for the event sold out within minutes when they went on sale last November. LOCOG is making every effort to offer additional tickets to the event, and, if extra tickets can be made available, more information on this will be issued in the next few days on the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung website
The iconic 6,000 seat Velodrome will host Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events on the 250 metre track during the Games. After the Games the Velodrome will form part of a facility which will include a BMX Track, one-mile long road cycle circuit, 6km of off-road mountain bike tracks and storage for over 300 bikes.
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung is supported by UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme. The schedule and full lists of teams and riders can be viewed on the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung rider list.
For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office
Notes to editors:
Media can register for accreditation via the following link: https://www.gmsportal.net/trackworldcup/ before Wednesday 1 February. Click ‘Register’ to create a username and password in order to access the system.
About the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI):
Founded in 1900, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body of cycling. Headquartered in Aigle, Switzerland, the UCI is the International Federation of Cycling uniting the National Cycling Federations of 178 countries.
UK Sport - World Class Events Programme:
UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme distributes approximately £3.5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Over 100 events hosted by at least 35 different towns and cities will have been supported from 2007 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These competitions will have attracted around 30,000 athletes and provided opportunities for over 27,000 officials and volunteers to gain international sporting experience and develop key skills ahead of London 2012.
About British Cycling:
As the national governing body for cycling, British Cycling is responsible for governing the development of the sport in England and is also the home to the GB Cycling Team which won 34 medals at the 2008 Beijing Games making it Britain's most successful Olympic and Paralympic sport. With London 2012 on the horizon, British Cycling has a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire mass participation in the sport and together with BSkyB, its principal partner, aims to get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013. To facilitate this increase in participation, British Cycling manages a range of coaching qualifications and courses, from grassroots level to elite, and runs the Go-Ride development programme for young people to support their progress in the sport. It also underpins and co-ordinates the organisation of over 3,000 sporting and recreational cycling events every year. British Cycling has over 40,800 members who enjoy a range of benefits from retail discounts and special offers, to legal support and insurance. All membership revenue is invested back into the sport. The organisation also receives Lottery and Exchequer funding via UK Sport and Sport England.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.
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