Five Team USN cyclists will compete at the final round of the UCI Track World Cup Series in Cali Colombia 16 – 18 January 2015.
A young team of women’s endurance athletes will compete in Cali for Team USN. Amy Roberts, Emily Kay, Emily Nelson, Manon Lloyd and Ellie Coster will compete in team pursuit and omnium.
Hopes are high for the squad in Colombia. With Velodromo Alcides Nieto Patino at an altitude of over 1000 metres, the squad are hoping to set a faster time in South America. For Manon Lloyd, this is her third World Cup with Team USN, with 2015 her first year as a senior rider.
“If all goes to plan we should hopefully get a second ride, that’s what we are hoping for, that is what we are going there to do – get a second ride and a good time.
“We didn't do so well (in London) but we gained a lot from it, we learnt quite a lot from London. The week before quite a few of us crashed at the Revolution Track Series and that put us back a bit."
Welsh cyclist Lewis Oliva will also compete in Colombia in the sprint events for Great Britain, joined by Matt Crampton and Jonny Biggin. Oliva has been a regular at the Revolution Series this winter for Team USN, but Cali is his first World Cup appearance this season.
Santiago de Cali’s Velodromo Alcides Nieto Patino will host the event, and has been a regular stop on the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, also hosting the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2014.
The 250-metre track, which is situated at 1003 metres above sea level, was built in 1971 and renovated in 2007.
Cali’s key feature is its open sides, which can create challenging conditions dependent upon wind and rain. During the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, parts of the track were flooded after a bout of torrential rain swept the area.
Reports, results and images will appear on the British Cycling website. The UCI YouTube channel will broadcast live from the event from 9:00pm to 11:45pm GMT.
You can also follow Team USN on Twitter @TeamUSN for updates.