British Cycling announced this week that it will once again host the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome. The event will kick off the 2009/2010 World Cup calendar on October 30 to 1 November.
British Cycling CEO Ian Drake said, "It is great news that British Cycling has been awarded this high profile event in 2009 and demonstrates our ability and intention to host an increasing number of major international events in the UK in the run up to London 2012. It will be a great opportunity for the growing number of cycling fans in the UK to see the British Cycling Team in action on home soil and I am confident this will help to inspire more people to participate in our sport.”
Eamonn O'Rourke, Head of Leisure, Manchester City Council said. "Manchester is delighted to be chosen as hosts for the UCI World Cup Classic this Autumn. The 2008 World Track Championships in Manchester was a tremendous success, undoubtedly contributing to Great Britain's Olympic success in Beijing and the hosting of this event represents a significant milestone in the preparations for London 2012, not only the athletes but all those associated with British Cycling.
"This is also great news for our city's residents, many of whom will be able to take part in the extensive legacy activities. We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to sample Manchester's renowned hospitality."