British Cycling will send a 23-rider squad out to the final round of the 2008-09 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, which takes place on February 13-15. Four members of the British squad will compete for Team Sky+HD, seven will ride for Team 100% ME, and 12 will represent Great Britain.
"We are viewing the Copenhagen round as an important competition for us as it is our final test before the World Championships in March," said newly appointed track performance manager Heiko Salzwedel. "We are not going to taper for this and still expect a great deal of performance from our riders. This will be the second time we enter a Track World Cup with a full squad – the first time being the opening round of the World Cup on our home ground in Manchester."
Four-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy, is set to make his return to Track World Cup cycling representing Team Sky+HD. Joining him on the team are fellow Olympic gold medallists Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton.
Team 100% ME is again fielding a young but talented team of endurance riders, with Lizzie Armitstead looking to add to the five gold medals she has already won this season.
Team GB will be represented by a mixture of experience and youth with future stars Helen Scott, Lucy Martin and Alex Greenfield being joined by the likes of European Champion Matt Crampton and Olympic medallists Ross Edgar and Chris Newton.
The British riders have had an astounding track season, winning medals in 22 out of the 27 World Cup events they have entered so far.
Also travelling to Copenhagen will be GB's para-cyclist Darren Kenny. Kenny, who returned from Beijing with no less than four gold medals, will be attempting to break his own Hour World Record of 41.817 km, which he set in Manchester back in 2005.
British Squads for the UCI Track World Cup, Copenhagen, Denmark:
(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer)