MANCHESTER WORLD CUP
October 31 to November 2, 2008

Manchester Velodrome hosts the first of five World Cup track meetings to be held this winter, offering British fans the first chance to see some of the Olympic heroes on the boards since Beijing.

The event is sell-out and many of the Olympic medal winners will be there ? notably Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins ? and will also herald the debut of the Sky+HD trade team.

Olympic champions Chris Hoy and Rebecca Romero may be missing from the line-up, but there will still be plenty to cheer with British riders taking part in every event across the three days.

Fans who got used to seeing the Great Britain team in the predominantly white Olympic Games kit will have to readjust to seeing them in the red, white and blue national colours.

Many of the younger riders will line-up in the red, white and black colours of Team 100% Me.

And the Manchester event will see the debut of the new Sky+HD squad, featuring sprinters Victoria Pendleton, Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny, Shanaze Reade and Jamie Staff. Cycling Weekly and cyclingweekly.co.uk revealed the new team?s colours on Thursday.

Trade team Plowman Craven, led by sprinter Craig Maclean, is also entering, and they will wear their familiar pink and blue colours.

The Manchester World Cup represents the first page in a new chapter. The road to London 2012 starts here, so there?s a mixture of youth and experience, with a large number of young riders getting a valuable taste of international competition.

Although London may be the best part of four years away, there are relatively few opportunities to compete at the highest level, with just a handful of World Cups and the World Championships each track season.

This represents the start of a journey, and some of the riders in their teens and early twenties could well mature into Olympic contenders by 2012.

So, who is riding which event this weekend? This is how the various British teams are set to line up, although the entries are subject to change as they can be altered until the definitive lists are submitted to the UCI on Thursday.

Events are listed according to when the finals are being held

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31

WOMEN?S INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT
Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) – finished 1st
Joanna Rowsell (Team 100% Me) – finished 3rd

WOMEN?S POINTS RACE
Alex Greenfield (Great Britain) – finished 23rd
Lucy Martin (Great Britain) – finished 2nd
Lizzie Armitstead (Team 100% Me) – finished 1st
Katie Colclough (Team 100% Me) – finished 3rd

MEN?S KEIRIN
Matt Crampton (Great Britain) – finished 7th
Jason Kenny (Sky+HD) – finished 2nd

MEN?S SCRATCH RACE
Luke Rowe (Team 100% Me) – finished 4th
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) – finished 7th

MEN?S INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT
Ed Clancy (Great Britain) – finished 1st

WOMEN?S SPRINT
Anna Blyth (Great Britain) – finished 4th
Jess Varnish (Great Britain)
Victoria Pendleton (Sky+HD) ? finished 1st

MEN?S KILOMETRE
David Daniell (Great Britain) – finished 1st

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

WOMEN?S 500 METRES
Victoria Pendleton (Sky+HD) – finished 1st

MEN?S TEAM PURSUIT
Ed Clancy, Steve Burke, Geraint Thomas, Rob Hayles (Great Britain) – finished 1st
Luke Rowe, Erick Rowsell, Andy Fenn, Mark Christian (Team 100% Me) – finished 11th

WOMEN?S SCRATCH RACE
Alex Greenfield (Great Britain) – finished 3rd
Lucy Martin (Great Britain) – finished 16th
Lizzie Armitstead (Team 100% Me) – finished 1st
Katie Colclough (Team 100% Me) – finished 20th

WOMEN?S TEAM SPRINT
Anna Blyth and Jess Varnish (Great Britain) – finished 1st

MEN?S SPRINT
Matt Crampton (Great Britain) – finished 3rd
David Daniell (Great Britain) – finished 5th
Jason Kenny (Sky+HD) – finished 1st
Craig Maclean (Plowman Craven) – finished 14th

MEN?S POINTS RACE
Chris Newton (Great Britain) – finished 1st

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

MEN?S MADISON
Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) – finished 6th

MEN?S TEAM SPRINT
Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar (Sky+HD) – finished 1st

WOMEN?S KEIRIN
Anna Blyth (Great Britain) – finished 5th
Jess Varnish (Great Britain) – finished 8th
Victoria Pendleton (Sky+HD) – finished 1st

WOMEN?S TEAM PURSUIT
Jo Rowsell, Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough (Team 100% Me) – finished 1st

INTERNATIONAL KEIRIN
Matt Crampton (Great Britain) – finished 1st
Jason Kenny (Sky+HD) – DQ from 7-12 race
Ross Edgar (Sky+HD) – finished 2nd

TV TIMES

The World Cup will be shown live on BBC?s interactive service, with Sunday?s action live on BBC2. Check your TV listings to confirm details

Friday: 7pm to 10.40pm (BBCi)
Saturday: 7pm to 10.20pm (BBCi)
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm (BBC2)

HOW TO SPOT THE BRITISH RIDERS

Britain’s riders will be wearing a range of different jerseys. Here’s how to identify them…

GREAT BRITAIN
The GB riders will be back in their familiar red, white and blue skinsuits but with the new Sky logo featured prominently. This is the kit GB wore at the track World Championships in March, and is shown off here by Nicole Cooke when she won her world title last month.

TEAM 100% ME
Pictured here winning on the road is Alex Dowsett, wearing the Team 100% Me colours. The black, red and white jerseys feature the logo of Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport?s I Support Drug-Free Sport campaign, launched in 2006.

PLOWMAN CRAVEN
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.

SKY+HD
The new Sky+HD trade team will feature Pendleton, Edgar, Kenny and Staff.

WORLD CHAMPIONS
Reigning world champions will wear their rainbow bands at Manchester. Victoria Pendleton is the only individual world champion on show ? and she will wear a special Sky+HD-branded rainbow jersey.

In the team pursuits, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas, and Jo Rowsell will wear world champion jerseys, while their team-mates wear normal team colours. However, in the Madison, world champion Bradley Wiggins will wear GB kit, because his partner, Geraint Thomas, is not a reigning world champion. It is too confusing to have a Madison team wearing different jerseys.

There will not be World Cup jerseys for the reigning World Cup champions, however.


MANCHESTER TRACK WORLD CUP 2008 LINKS
NEWS/REPORTS
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

EVENT GUIDE
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

PHOTOS
Wednesday’s track training session
Cycling Weekly photo gallery homepage

EXTERNAL LINK
Manchester Track World Cup official site for full details of the race programme