Olympic champions Bradley Wiggins and Rebecca Romero are set to return to the track in British colours after being named in a strong squad of 27 riders for the final round of this season’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, which takes places from 18-20 February at the Manchester Velodrome.
Other Olympic gold medal winners lining up for Great Britain at the event include Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jason Queally. Also in the squad are Sarah Storey, who has two Paralympic cycling golds but is looking to also compete in the Olympic Games in London, and Shanaze Reade, the current World BMX Champion and, with Pendleton, past World Champion at the team sprint, Shanaze Reade.
British Cycling’s Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “We have selected the strongest squad possible for the final round of the World Cup season and we are looking to score as many qualification points as possible before we go to the World Championships next month.
“The Academy riders did us all proud out in Beijing and we’re all happy with how we are performing at this stage in the Olympic cycle. The Manchester World Cup is an event that the riders really enjoy and the support of a sell-out home crowd is always appreciated.”
The event takes place a month before the World Championships at Apeldoorn in Holland, with action broadcast on the BBC website and via the red button, as well as live on BBC2 from 1.30pm on Sunday 20 February.
Men's Sprint: Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny.
Men's Endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison, Peter Kennaugh, Jason Queally, Luke Rowe, Ben Swift, Andrew Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins.
Women's Sprint: Becky James, Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze Reade and Jess Varnish.
Women's Endurance: Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Claire Galloway, Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King, Rebecca Romero, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey and Laura Trott.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.