The UCI World Cup Classic kicks off in Melbourne as the first qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games. 250 athletes from 35 different countries are preparing for the event which will see World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champions competing.
The three day event is action packed, the Melbourne committee has opted for the 500m time trial in which Anna Meares holds the world Championship title, along with the Madison, won by Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard at the 2010 World Championships. Australia still dominates the field as reigning world champions in the women's and men’s team pursuits and the women’s team sprint.
Australia's sprint Queen, Anna Meares, says the Cyclones relish the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd and look forward to again being the top team in this round.
Throughout the Dehli Commonwealth Games, Meares Meares made it clear that the Australians are "getting set to take on all comers and as the first World Cup round to offer qualifying points for the 2012 Olympic Games we'll be extra keen to impress."
If you have never seen track racing up close before and want to check out something different, the UCI World Cup Classics is the perfect opportunity to find out what it’s all about.
The 2010/2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is a four part series that begins in Australia (Melbourne 2 to 4 December) and continues on to Columbia (Cali 16 to 18 December), China (Beijing 21 to 23 January) and England (Manchester 18 to 20 February).
For updated event schedule and ticketing information head to: www.trackworldcup.com.au.