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Tickets for the British leg of cycling's UCI Track World Cup are now on sale, with spectators likely to see one of the highest quality fields ever assembled on British soil over three days of competitive action. The event takes place at Manchester Velodrime from February 23-25, and is the finale to the four-event series that starts in Sydney in November then travels to Moscow in December and on to Los Angeles in January.
The sport's elite riders from the top 30 ranked countries will gather for the final showdown that decides the overall series winners in each cycling discipline and the award for the top nation. The Manchester event will have an extra edge, being the last major competition before the UCI track world championships in Palma de Mallorca in March. Each nation is expected to field their best medal prospects in preparation for their world title bids. The teams will be announced by their national federations around a month before the event but all the big names are expected to be there.
Britain has high hopes for medals in both the men's and women's events. Former world champions Chris Newton and Rob Hayles are likely to head up the strong British men's pursuit team, renewing old rivalries with their Australian counterparts. Chris Hoy will be a likely contender for the kilo crown, proudly wearing the world champion's rainbow jersey that he won this year in Bordeaux.
Britain's Victoria Pendleton has become a force to be reckoned within women's sprinting and will certainly be looking for revenge over Natalia Tsylinskaya from Belarus after losing her world championship sprint crown to her this year in France.
Day ticket prices start at only £12 for adults and £6 for under 16. There are also discounted day family ticket options available - two adults and one U16 for £27 or two adults and two U16 for only £30. If you're an early bird and book your day tickets by December 24, you can get best seats in the home or back straight for only £15 for adults and £7.50 for under-16s.
And if you want to see the thrilling action over all three days there's an excellent value special season ticket at for £30 for adults (£15 U16) in standard seats and £40 for adults (£20 U16) in premium seats.
It's simple to book your tickets on line at www.ticketmaster.co.uk (service and postage charges apply from Ticketmaster) or you can call the dedicated ticket hotline on 0871 2302621. More detailed information about the event can be found on www.worldtrackcycling.com
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