For the first time in its history British Cycling will host the 2009 Paracycling track World Championships at the Manchester Velodrome.

The competition was originally set to be held in Seville, but will now be held in Manchester from November 6 to 8.

Manchester has since 2005 held an annual round of the Paracycling World Cup but it will be the first World Championship event to be held at the venue.

The Championships will feature top international paracyclists including members of the highly successful GB Team which won 20 Paralympic medals, 17 of which were gold, in Beijing in 2008.

Preparations for the event are currently under way in co-operation with Manchester City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and UK Sport

?We are delighted to be hosting the [event] at the home of British Cycling,? said British Cycling?s CEO, Ian Drake.

?Staging elite level competitions helps inspire interest in our sport and stimulates participation in all cycling disciplines.

?UCI?s decision to award the competition to British Cycling is a token of confidence in our ability to deliver world class events in the run up to London 2012 and beyond.?

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