British Cycling has today announced the team that will compete at the next round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in New Zealand from 4-6 December.
The squad sees a real blend of youth and experience with strong sprint squads selected as the team continues to chase vital Olympic qualification points.
This sees the return of Becky James, who will represent Great Britain for the first time at a major event since the 2014 world championships, after fighting back from a knee injury. She has been selected alongside Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant.
In the men’s sprint, Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes are joined by Lewis Oliva and Callum Skinner.
Ed Clancy returns to the squad after a back injury that saw him miss the European Track Championships and the first world cup of the season and is selected alongside Chris Latham, Germain Burton, Mark Stewart and Oliver Wood.
A young squad has also been chosen for the women’s endurance events with Emily Nelson, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd, Megan Barker and Abigail Dentus selected.
Great Britain Cycling Team technical director, Shane Sutton, said: “We’ll be going to New Zealand with the aim of scoring vital Olympic qualification points, particularly in the sprint events and it’s great to see Becky James come back into the fold.
“We’re in the fortunate position that our performance across men’s and women’s endurance has left us in a strong position in qualification allowing us to blood some of our younger academy riders.
“It’s absolutely vital that we expose them to the pressures of world class competition at a young age and this experience will undoubtedly stand them in good stead in the rest of their careers.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for UCI Track Cycling World Cup