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Melbourne to host track World Cup

The Dunc Gray velodrome in Sydney will go without a World Cup for the 2008-2009 season

The Dunc Gray velodrome in Sydney will go without a World Cup for the 2008-2009 season (Image credit: John Veage)

Victoria scored a second major cycling championship as the city of Melbourne, in Australia, has been confirmed as host of the UCI Track World Cup for the next three years. Sydney, which has hosted a Track World Cup round since 2001 did not bid for the event. The city was also named as host of the 2010 UCI Road World Championships last fall.

The World Cup round will be held at Melbourne's Vodafone Arena from November 20-22.

It was also announced Wednesday that former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks will head up the steering committee for the October, 2010 Road Worlds. The time trial will start and finish at the Formula One grand prix start line in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park, and follow Beach Road, while the road races will be held on a 16-kilometre circuit at Geelong.

"This is going to be a revelation for people in Australia ... it will be the biggest cycling event ever held in Australia," Bracks told AAP.

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