Ben Kersten will also be in action the week before the Sydney World Cup, when he lines up for the Clarence St Cyclery Cup carnival at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome on Saturday, February 25. Top Australian rider Kate Bates will also ride, in her last appearance before March's Commonwealth Games. Bates won two national titles at the recent Australian Track Championships in Adelaide to add to the Australian road championship she landed in January.
Fans looking for an insight into international riders' form in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games should look out for the New Zealand and British riders who are scheduled to ride. Nathan Seddon, NZ keirin champion, Adam Stewart, NZ junior sprint champion and NZ 200 meter record holder will head the Kiwi men's onslaught to take the Clarence St Cup across the Tasman. Leading NZ women's riders Fiona Creswell, 2006 NZ sprint champion and Liz Williams NZ women's keirin champion will clash with Australian Commonwealth Games hopes Kate Bates and Sky-Lee Armstrong.
The British cycling team will field at least 4 of their top women riders, Wendy Houvenagel, Rachel Heal, Nikki Harris and Emma Davies.