The world’s best track cyclists are in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for the 2013 UCI Track World Championships and you can watch extensive coverage on BBC TV from February 20-24.
Great Britain will be the team to beat in Minsk, having won eight gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics, seven of which came in track disciplines.
They topped the medal at the 2012 World Championships in Melbourne, claiming five gold medals, ensuring the team went into the 2012 Olympics in London high on confidence and form.
The GB squad in Minsk will include Olympic gold medalists Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Ed Clancy, Steve Burke, Dani King and Laura Trott, as well as several up and coming young riders as preparations begin towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Kian Emadi, Vicky Williamson, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Simon Yates and Elinor Barker are all set to make their senior world championship debuts in Belarus.
The event also marks Ed Clancy’s return to the endurance squad, having ridden as ‘man three’ in the team sprint event at the Glasgow Track World Cup in November 2012.
Clancy won Olympic bronze for Great Britain in 2012 and he will be eager to at least match that result after narrowly missing out on a World Championship medal in Melbourne last year.Hugh Porter Tribute
BBC Sport will screen comprehensive coverage across all five days of the 2013 UCI World Track Cycling Championships from the Minsk Arena with daily coverage on BBC Two and BBC Red Button.
Jonathan Edwards presents BBC Two’s coverage throughout the week from the studios in Salford, with guests including Victoria Pendleton and Craig MacLean.
Following the retirement of veteran BBC cycling commentator Hugh Porter, the BBC TV commentary team will be led for the first time by Simon Brotherton.
Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman pairs up with Brotherton in the commentary box and Jill Douglas provides trackside reports and interviews with the key riders.
BBC Two’s coverage will also be shown in high-definition on BBC HD.
There will also be full radio coverage on BBC 5 live with reports and live commentaries from Alistair Bruce-Ball and Rob Hayles on 5 live Sports Extra.
Live streaming, highlights, interviews and reports will be available via the BBC Sport website.
Event Schedule Wednesday 20th February Day 1 – Evening Session LIVE: 4.45pm-6.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE: 4.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Red Button Action includes the men’s team pursuit and kilometre time trial finals, plus the women’s individual pursuit and team sprint finals. Thursday 21st February Day 2 – Evening Session LIVE: 4.15pm-6.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE: 4.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Red Button The programme on the second day of competition includes the men’s team sprint and individual pursuit finals, plus the women’s team pursuit and 500m time trial finals. Friday 22nd February Day 3 – Evening Session LIVE: 4.15pm-6.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE: 4.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Red Button Highlights (loop): 10.00pm – BBC Red Button Action includes the men’s keirin and 40km points race, plus the start of the omnium and the women’s scratch 10km final. Saturday 23rd February Day 4 – Evening Session LIVE: 5.15pm-7.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD Highlights (loop): 9.00pm – BBC Red Button Three gold medals are on offer on this penultimate day. There will be a new champion in the women’s sprint, with the 2012 British winner Victoria Pendleton having since retired, while the women’s points race and men’s omnium will also be decided. Sunday 24th February Day 4 – Day Session LIVE: 11.00am-2.05pm – BBC Two / BBC HD Highlights (loop): 8.30pm – BBC Red Button The final day of the championships gets underway with the men’s sprint and women’s omnium nearing their climax.