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BBC to cover three days of track racing

British Cycling has announced that the UK round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be held at the Olympic velodrome at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark over the weekend of December 5-7.

The second round of the 2014-15 World Cup series will see the Great Britain Cycling Team return to compete at the venue where they won nine medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

The event is part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, which aims to bring 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019. 

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director, said of the announcement: “We are delighted that the UCI has awarded an event in its World Cup series to the UK once again, recognising our continued commitment to the sport and world-renowned standard of event delivery. 

“We look forward to seeing Great Britain’s athletes return to London and a venue that will hold special memories for many of our cyclists after the phenomenal success they achieved at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

The World Cup will once again receive coverage on the BBC with details of broadcast to be confirmed closer to the event. 

Tickets are expected be in high demand and will go on general sale on Tuesday, September 9 with British Cycling members having access to an exclusive pre-sale period from Thursday, September 4. 

For more information see the official event website www.trackworldcup.co.uk.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

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