Perth International GP a speedy affair

The Perth International GP, to be held on February 19, will showcase some of the world's best junior...

The Perth International GP, to be held on February 19, will showcase some of the world's best junior and senior talent in a three-hour festival of speed at Perth's Midvale Speeddome. The program features an international team sprint, with international riders such as Chris Hoy and Jason Queally riding against each other and the best of Australia's sprinting talent, including Ryan Bayley and Ben Kersten.

The speed continues with a women's keirin, where Queensland's Anna and Kerrie Meares will be continuing their Commonwealth Games preparation against American Jennie Reed, local girl Kristine Bayley and possibly Brit Victoria Pendleton over two heats, with the three fastest riders making their way to the final. A corresponding men's event will pit Ryan Bayley against Kersten, Shane Perkins and Shane Kelly plus other international stars all preparing for next month's Commonwealth Games.

Also featuring during the afternoon will be men's and women's derby races, providing another opportunity for Australia, England and Scotland to test each other out ahead of the Melbourne games. With the success of the WA endurance squad at the recent national titles, Western Australians Cameron and Travis Meyer, Scott Sunderland and Peter Dawson will ride the endurance events scheduled for the programme, up against riders such as Englishman Kristian House.

But it's all about speed on the afternoon of February 19, and those looking to watch the action from 3pm (gates open at 2pm) can purchase tickets through www.ticketmaster.com.au, the Western Australian Cycling Federation or on the day at Midvale Speeddome. Adults are $25, concession $10

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