World-class track racing coming to LA

International Olympic hopefuls lining up

Interested in watching the world's best track racers vie for victory and qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup Classics return to the United States January 18 to 20, 2008 at the ADT Event Center at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

After stops in Sydney and Beijing, the Los Angeles event is the third of the four-race World Cup series in the 2007-08 season. Professional road riders who will be racing on the track at the World Cup include Magnus Backstedt of Sweden, winner of the 2004 Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage winner.

A complete U.S. roster and list of international competitors and events schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

More than 400 athletes from 40 countries, including the United States, will participate in the three-day event in California. The ADT Event Center at The Home Depot Center has hosted one UCI Track World Championships, in addition to three previous World Cups. In 2006, U.S. rider and Southern California resident Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling) took home two gold medals and set a track record in the individual pursuit before claiming her second consecutive world title in April. Hammer enters the 2007-08 international track cycling season as a favourite to win a gold medal in the individual pursuit.

Tickets start as low as US $20, and all-session ticket packages (includes six sessions over three days) are available as low as US$75. All-event packages and group tickets are on sale now through the AEG Ticket Sales Office by calling 1-877-AEG-TICKETS (1-877-234-8425). Individual tickets are on-sale through the Home Depot Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (213-480-3232 or 714-740-2000) and online here.

Exclusive to USA Cycling members, members may purchase reserved seating for US$27 for any session that regularly sells for US$35.50. USA Cycling members may purchase their exclusive offer by calling 1-877-234-8425 or visiting this website.

The three-day event includes six sessions:

Friday, January 18
Session 1 - 11:30 a.m.
Session 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 19
Session 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Session 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 20
Session 1 - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2 - 4:00 p.m.

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