A record 27 British riders are taking part in this week’s World Cup at Manchester ? but they are representing four different teams.
Each team is only allowed to enter one rider per discipline at the World Cup, so British Cycling will field riders as Team 100% Me and Sky+HD, as well as Team GB, in order to give as many riders as possible some big-time experience.
Confused? No need to be, because here is Cycling Weekly‘s guide to recognising the riders, whether you’re going to the velodrome or watching on BBC…
Team Great Britain is the national squad. Those who watched the Olympic Games will remember Great Britain wore the BOA’s predominantly white kit. For the World Cup, the national team is back in the more familiar red, white and blue.
There are 13 riders scheduled to compete as Great Britain this weekend: Blyth, Burke, Clancy, Crampton, Daniell, Greenfield, Hayles, Houvenaghel, Martin, Newton, Thomas, Varnish and Wiggins.
TEAM 100% ME
Team 100% Me is made up of young riders from Great Britain’s Olympic Academy squad. They will wear the team’s black, red and white jerseys. The team’s name comes from UK Sport’s anti-doping message and the jersey features the logo of Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport?s I Support Drug-Free Sport campaign, launched in 2006.
Seven riders will represent Team 100% Me this weekend: Armitstead, Christian, Colclough, Fenn, Luke Rowe, Erick Rowsell and Jo Rowsell.
The new Sky+HD trade team will feature Pendleton, Edgar, Kenny and Staff this weekend. This track trade team has been formed as part of Sky’s broad sponsorship of British Cycling. However, Pendleton, as reigning world champion, will wear a Sky-branded rainbow jersey in the sprint and Keirin.
One of the most distinctive jerseys around, you can?t miss the pink and blue fusion of Plowman Craven. Craig Maclean, Jon Mosley and Evan Oliphant will be lining up for PCA.
The Manchester Track World Cup will be televised live in the evenings (from 7pm, Friday to Saturday) on BBC interactive with highlight shows on the terrestrial BBC channels in addition to live coverage of Sunday’s racing (2-5pm).
MANCHESTER TRACK WORLD CUP 2008 LINKS
British under-23 team gets ready for Manchester world cup
Sky+HD track team officially unveiled
Clancy for individual pursuit at Manchester World Cup
Chris Hoy scholarship programme launched
Kenny ready for race action in Manchester
British Cycling celebrate success at gala dinner
Manchester World Cup preview: Who’s riding for Britain ? and in which event?
CW’s Dummies’ Guide to track racing ? We explain how track racing works
Every major track result of the 2007-2008 season World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games
Manchester Track World Cup official site for full details of the race programme