The "midland metro" 2006 International Track Cycling Grand Prix on Friday, December 1, at the Midvale Speedome is shaping up to be one of the biggest track cycling events ever staged in Perth, Australia. The theme, similar to the Test Cricket Ashes series, will be a Great Britain vs Australia showdown with many Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and National Champions competing on one night.
Victorian Mark French is returning to Perth for the first time since the now infamous "French affair" in 2004. French has been in top form competing in Europe, USA and Australia in 2006, and will face up against Olympic gold medallists Chris Hoy, Ryan Bayley and Jason Queally and top class sprint riders Ben Kersten, Ross Edgar, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.
Sprint events on the night will be the sprint, men's team sprint and keirin. The Women's will feature a best of three sprint race between 2005 World sprint champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Victoria Pendleton from England matched up against Kristine Bayley, plus an Invitational Keirin race.
The Perth Track Cycling Grand Prix will also feature endurance events and many support events to keep the action flowing.