The 2017/18 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup begins this weekend in Pruszkow, with 14 riders set to compete for the Great Britain Cycling Team and 100% me.
Newly-crowned European Madison champion Elinor Barker heads a strong team travelling to Poland for three days of track racing.
About the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup is a five-round competition which takes place between November and January.
The 2017/18 series begins in Pruszkow, Poland from 3-5 November before heading to the home of British Cycling at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre for round two in Manchester one week later.
Round three takes place from 1-3 December in Milton, Canada with the fourth round a week later in Santiago, Chile.
The series concludes in the new year, with the fifth and final round taking place in Minsk, Belarus, from 19-21 January.
Riders will do battle to be crowned world cup winners in individual disciplines, with an overall team prize also up for grabs.
As well as world cup honours, valuable qualification points for future world championships are also available throughout the series.
14 riders have been selected to represent the Great Britain Cycling Team and 100% me in Pruszkow.
A five-strong women’s endurance squad travels to Poland, with Olympic, world and European champion Elinor Barker the senior member of the team.
Barker - who won her eighth world and continental title at the UEC European Track Championships in Berlin - is set to ride the omnium in Poland.
Emily Nelson and Emily Kay will team up to race the Madison, with Nelson also on points race duty.
Manon Lloyd will compete in the individual pursuit, with Neah Evans - selected for her second world cup for the Great Britain Cycling Team - taking on the scratch race.
All five women are in the squad for the team pursuit, with selections due to be made nearer to the competition.
Chris Latham is Great Britain Cycling Team’s sole representative in the men’s endurance events; the world championships bronze medallist will be riding the omnium in Pruszkow.
Senior Academy riders Matt Bostock and Joe Holt will ride in 100% me colours in Poland and will pair up for the Madison - with Bostock also riding the points race and Holt selected for the scratch race.
Sophie Capewell will make her first appearance for Great Britain Cycling Team at a world cup as she lines up alongside Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant for the team sprint.
Marchant has a busy weekend lined up as she also competes in both the sprint and the keirin.
Almost exactly a year since their stunning world cup debut in Glasgow, the team sprint trio of Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman line up again in Pruszkow.
The three young sprinters won world cup gold in Scotland twelve months ago and will reunite in Poland looking for a similar start to the season.
In the individual sprint, Truman and Owens will race for the Great Britain Cycling Team, with double Olympic champion Phil Hindes lining up for 100% me.
A back injury sustained during the 1km time trial qualification at the UEC European Track Championships rules Callum Skinner out of round one of the world cup - the Olympic team sprint champion doesn’t travel to Poland as a precautionary measure to ensure he is fully fit for round two in Manchester - with Carlin taking his place in the keirin.
Great Britain Cycling Team for the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Poland
Pruszkow is the biggest city of Warsaw’s Western Strand with a population of around 60,000.
The BGZ Arena was opened in 2008 as Poland’s first indoor velodrome and hosted the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and will also be the venue for the 2019 world championships.
The 250m track is made of Siberian pine and has a bend inclination of 42.1 degrees.
The schedule (UK times)
Friday 3 November
10am - 2.49pm
Men’s and women’s team pursuit qualification heats
Men’s and women’s points race qualification heats
Men’s and women’s scratch race qualification heats
4.30pm - 7.13pm
Men’s and women’s team sprint qualification heats
Men’s and women’s points race finals
Women’s scratch race final
Saturday 4 November
11am - 3.35pm
Women’s sprint qualifying heats, 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals and 1/4 finals
Women’s team pursuit first round
Men’s team sprint first round
Women’s omnium scratch and tempo races
Men’s keirin first round and repechages
5pm - 9.11pm
Women’s sprint 1/2 finals and finals
Men’s team sprint finals
Women’s omnium elimination and points races
Women’s team pursuit finals
Men’s keirin second round and finals
Men’s Madison final
Men’s scratch race final
Sunday 5 November
10am - 3.11pm
Women’s individual pursuit qualifying heats
Men’s sprint qualifying heats, 1/16 finals, 1/18 finals and 1/4 finals
Men’s team pursuit first round
Women’s team sprint first round
Men’s omnium scratch and tempo races
Women’s keirin first round and repechages
4.30pm - 8.32pm
Men’s sprint 1/2 finals and finals
Women’s team sprint finals
Women’s individual pursuit finals
Men’s team pursuit finals
Women’s Madison final
Men’s omnium elimination and points races
Women’s keirin second round and finals
How to follow
- Updates on British Cycling’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Daily reports will appear on the British Cycling website
- Live coverage of final session, with highlights of Friday and Saturday’s racing, on Sunday on Eurosport 2 from 4.30pm