Top young racers take to the track in Manchester

Finale of 2008 DHL Sprint School

Jamie Staff helps a young rider achieve the correct riding position

Sixty of the UK’s most promising young track racers will compete at the Manchester Velodrome tomorrow.


The 12 to 16-year-olds are taking part in the finale of the 2008 DHL Sprint School. As well as keirin heats and team sprinting, they will be given tips by Beijing Olympic gold medalists Chris Hoy, Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny, and silver medalist Ross Edgar.

Guy Elliott, CEO of DHL Northern Europe, said, “I can’t wait to see how all the kids have progressed over the year and I’m delighted Chris, Jamie, Jason and Ross can come along too. To have four Olympic medalists working with our next generation of champions is just incredible.”

Keirin racing will take place from 8am–12pm, followed by team sprinting on Watt bikes, from 1pm–3pm.

DHL Sprint Schools aim to provide coaching and competitive opportunities for young riders who are not already on the British Cycling Talent Team. They are open to children between the ages of 12 and 15, and every track league in the UK has been approached and asked to nominate two girls and two boys.


Logistics giant DHL has agreed to increase its support for the Sprint Schools, so there will be eight sessions in 2009, up from six this year, split between Newport and Manchester velodromes. Dates will be announced in the new year.