Manchester organiser British Cycling has today confirmed that double Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is to ride at the event, which takes place from 31 October to 2 November at Manchester Velodrome.
Wiggins took gold medals in the individual pursuit and team pursuit at the Beijing Olympics, and is expected to compete in the madison event with team-mate Geraint Thomas at the Track World Cup.
Wiggins is the current Madison World Champion after a spectacular performance with Mark Cavendish at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester in March, although the pair did not win a medal in the event at the Olympics.
The news adds another Olympic gold medallist to the list of British cycling heroes already confirmed for the Track Cycling World Cup. These include Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Chris Newton, Ross Edgar, Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny, Wendy Houvenahgel and Victoria Pendleton.
Tickets for the event sold out in record time, however extra sales of Silver Club Hospitality are now available. Tickets cost £35 each and include exclusive track centre access, a light buffet prepared by a top chef and complimentary drinks. Tickets can be purchased from Nicola Rolph, who can be contacted by email here.
You can also catch the action on BBC television. It will be broadcast live on BBC Interactive from 7pm until 10.40pm on Friday 31 October and from 7pm until 10.20pm on Saturday 1 November. Highlights from Friday and Saturday’s action with live coverage of Sunday’s races will feature in a show on BBC on Sunday 2 November from 2pm until 5pm.
Triple Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy will not ride at the event, but will make special guest appearances on Friday 31 October and Sunday 2 November and will be available to sign autographs.
For more information, visit www.trackworldcup.co.uk.