Team USN are set to start the 2013/14 UCI Track World Cup series at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. The first round will take place 1-3 November 2013, where the team will compete in front of a home crowd.
Jon Mould competing at UCI Track World Cup, Glasgow in 2012
Team USN, Wales’ first UCI track trade team, aims to prepare Welsh cyclists for competition at Glasgow 2014. By taking athletes to world class events, they will gain invaluable experience in their quest to win medals at the Commonwealth games.
Matt Cosgrove, Performance Director at Welsh Cycling said: “After a successful debut season Team USN riders have developed individually and as a team. The experience they have gained at world level is invaluable and will no doubt be of benefit towards Wales’ preparation for the Commonwealth Games next year. To open the 2013/14 UCI Track World Cup series in Manchester will be a great opportunity for Team USN to compete in front of home supporters ahead of Glasgow 2014.”
Team USN made their debut in the 2012/13 track season with podium finishes in Colombia and Mexico for the team pursuit trio of Amy Roberts, Ciara Horne and Elinor Barker with endurance rider Jon Mould collecting bronze in Colombia. Team USN’s Elinor Barker stepped up to represent Great Britain in Glasgow, collecting gold with Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King and became world team pursuit champion in Minsk earlier this year.
Karl Bickley, Athlete Liaison for USN said: “We are looking forward to supporting the team into the Commonwealth games starting with the world cup season ahead. The progress and development show by Team USN has already been seen with some impressive results to date, and I am sure we will see even more beginning with the opening round of the world cup in Manchester. Having this home event is a great opportunity for everyone in the team and will serve as great preparation for Glasgow.”
Team USN riders will also compete at qualification events this summer as part of the new UCI qualification system for the Track World Cup series.