The first major international track cycling event in the UK since London 2012 takes place this weekend as Glasgow plays host to round two of the 2012-2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup series.
Some of Team GB’s Olympic cycling stars, including double gold medallists Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, and Ed Clancy will receive a heroes welcome from a sell-out crowd inside the brand new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which makes its debut on the international stage.
BBC Sport will have exclusive coverage on TV, radio and online of all the key action from Glasgow from November 16-18.
Part of a global three-meeting series, the UCI Track World Cup sees the world’s best cyclists competing for the points that will ultimately determine their international ranking and ultimately qualification for the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Glasgow’s World Cup event takes place at the newly opened Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will be the venue for all the track cycling events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Following a glorious summer for British sport, which saw the continuation of the nation’s proud medal haul in track cycling, the Glasgow World Cup is the hottest ticket in town.
All tickets sold out within an hour of going on sale, a sign of the increased popularity and appetite amongst the British public for track cycling following a spectacular home Games.
Five disciplines, including the keirin, individual sprint, team sprint, team pursuit and the omnium, will all be showcased over the three-day World Cup event.
The Great Britain team includes six gold medallists from the London Olympics, and they will be joined by a crop of young talent, including Jon Dibben who will make his World Cup debut.
The Glasgow World Cup will also see two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy make the transition from endurance to the sprint discipline.
Clancy, who won his two golds in the team pursuit, is making the switch over to the event to compete alongside Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, replacing Sir Chris Hoy at man three from the line-up which succeeded so memorably in London.
The event promises to deliver three days of thrilling racing inside the new Glasgow Velodrome, with a raucous and partisan home crowd expected to cheer on their Olympic heroes to more success.
BBC Sport will broadcast all the key finals as part of its increased coverage of this year’s event.
Featuring live action and highlights across all three days, all sessions featuring finals will be broadcast live, with comprehensive highlights of each day’s action on either BBC One or BBC Two.
Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director of British Cycling, said: “It’s fantastic that the BBC have increased broadcast coverage for the Track Cycling World Cup.
“Cycling is at an all-time high since London 2012 so people can get to enjoy watching more international cycling action.
“As the event is now a sell-out, we are now focused on preparing to deliver a great event for those attending or watching it at home.”
Jonathan Edwards presents the BBC’s coverage throughout the weekend, while commentary is provided by Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman, and trackside reports and interviews come from Jill Douglas.
BBC Radio 5 live will also have extensive coverage from Glasgow.
Live commentary on both Friday and Saturday nights will be broadcast on BBC 5 live Sports Extra, with Simon Brotherton leading the 5 live team.
Sunday’s edition of 5 Live Sport will be presented from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, with clive ommentary and updates on all the key races.
Friday 16th November Day 1 – Evening Session LIVE: 7.10pm-10.10pm – BBC Red Button Timetable | First race: 7.15pm 1 – Men’s Team Pursuit – Finals 2 – Women’s Team Sprint – Finals 3 – Women’s Team Pursuit – Finals 4 – Men’s Team Sprint – Finals 5 – Women’s 500m Time Trial – Final 6 – Men’s Scratch 15km – Final 7 – Men’s Omnium (Event 3) – Elimination Saturday 17th November Day 1 – Highlights 1.00pm-2.00pm – BBC One Day 2 – Evening Session LIVE: 8.00pm-10.30pm – BBC Red Button Timetable | First race: 7.00pm 1 – Women’s Sprint – Semi Final (1st) 2 – Men’s Omnium (Event 5) – Scratch 15km 3 – Women’s Sprint – Semi Final (2nd) 4 – Men’s Individual Pursuit – Finals 5 – Women’s Sprint – Semi Final (3rd i.r.) 6 – Men’s Keirin – 2nd Round 7 – Women’s Sprint – Finals (1st) 8 – Men’s Omnium (Final event) – 1km Time Trial 9 – Women’s Sprint – Finals (2nd) 10 – Men’s Keirin – Finals (places 7-12) 11 – Men’s Keirin – Finals (place 1-6) 12 – Women’s Sprint – Finals (3rd i.r.) 13 – Women’s Omnium (Event 3) – Elimination Sunday 18th November Day 3 – Afternoon Session LIVE: 1.30pm-5.15pm – BBC Two (Programme includes Day 2 Highlights) Timetable | First Race: 2.45pm 14 – Men’s Sprint – Semi Final (1st) 15 – Women’s Omnium (Event 5) – 10km Scratch Race 16 – Men’s Sprint – Semi Final (2nd) 17 – Women’s Keirin – 2nd Round 18 – Men’s Sprint – Semi Final (3rd i.r.) 19 – Women’s Omnium (Final event) – 500m Time Trial 20 – Men’s Sprint – Finals (1st) 21 – Women’s Keirin – Finals (places 7-12) 22 – Women’s Keirin – Finals (places 1-6) 23 – Men’s Sprint – Finals (2nd) 24 – Men’s Sprint – Finals (3rd i.r.) . .