Behind the scenes: Great Britain Cycling Team prepare for Hong Kong UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Behind the scenes: Great Britain Cycling Team prepare for Hong Kong UCI Track Cycling World Cup

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We went behind the scenes in Manchester as the Great Britain Cycling Team  made final preperations before flying to Hong Kong ahead of the final UCI Track Cycling World Cup of the season.

The women's team pursuit squad warm up on static trainers, while the men's team pursuiters take to the track.

The women's team pursuit squad warm up on static trainers, while the men's team pursuiters take to the track.

Coach Paul Manning delivers detailed instructions on pacing and strategy ahead of the effort on the track.

Coach Paul Manning delivers detailed instructions on pacing and strategy ahead of the effort on the track.

Lining up on the gate.

Lining up on the gate.

The next generation of talent pay intent attention as the group of Olympic and world champions take to the track.

The next generation of talent pay intent attention as the group of Olympic and world champions take to the track.

Flying on track.

Flying on track.

With the effort complete, Joanna Rowsell Shand chats with Mark Cavendish.

With the effort complete, Joanna Rowsell chats with Mark Cavendish.

Cavendish shares a joke with his teammates ahead of their effort on the track.

Cavendish shares a joke with his teammates ahead of their effort on the track.

In a flash the men's pursuit squad are in formation.

In a flash the men's pursuit squad are in formation.

The return of Cavendish has created a huge amount of interest. By his own admission, the result in Hong Kong will be pivotal to any Olympic ambitions.

In a flash the men's pursuit squad are in formation.

Another rider making a change is Kian Emadi, who switches from his more familiar position in the team sprint, to the endurance lineup.

Another rider making a change is Kian Emadi, who switches from his more familiar position in the team sprint, to the endurance lineup.

Back in track centre, the women's pursuit team complete their cool down.

Back in track centre, the women's pursuit team complete their cool down.

Every effort made is reviewed using video, with coach and athlete feedback - a crucial part of the process in improving performance.

Every effort made is reviewed using video, with coach and athlete feedback - a crucial part of the process in improving performance.

A change of gear, as the sprinters take to the track.

A change of gear, as the sprinters take to the track.

Jason Kenny's returning form has been a boost to the sprint squad. A medal ahead of the world championships would continue to build confidence.

Jason Kenny's returning form has been a boost to the sprint squad. A medal ahead of the world championships would continue to build confidence.

The revelation of the London Olympics, Philip Hindes, gets a helping hand from sprint coach Justin Grace.

The revelation of the London Olympics, Philip Hindes gets a helping hand from sprint coach Justin Grace.

In competition, the squad race in front of sellout crowds. Their daily training couldn not be further removed.

In competition, the squad race in front of sellout crowds. Their daily training couldn't be further removed.

The women's team sprint are still fighting for a chance to perform on that biggest stage, as qualification reaches its conclusion in Hong Kong.

The women's team sprint are still fighting for a chance to perform on that biggest stage, as qualification reaches its conclusion in Hong Kong.

Riders return their bikes to the workshop...

Riders return their bikes to the workshop...

...where mechanics are hard at work, gluing the final tubulars.

Where mechanics are hard at work, glueing the final tubulars.

Bags packed, next stop Hong Kong.

Bags packed, next stop Hong Kong.

How to follow the racing

  • A report, results, reaction and images will appear on the British Cycling website
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