Track Cycling World Cup: Britain's best look to impress in front of home Manchester crowd

Last Updated: 31/10/13 11:46am

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Becky James will lead Britain's challenge in the women's sprint events

Becky James will lead Britain's challenge in the women's sprint events

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Britain's all-conquering track riders will return to action in front of home fans in Manchester this weekend for the season's first Track Cycling World Cup.

The three-day event pits together the leading riders in the sport as they step up their preparations for February's world championships in Colombia.

It is the first of three World Cups in the 2013/14 season and British Cycling have named a full-strength squad containing seven Olympic gold medallists.

Here is how the World Cup will unfold...

Day 1: Friday, November 1

Afternoon session: 12pm-5.45pm. Evening session: 7pm-9.45pm

The men's team pursuit squad recently won European gold

The opening day is dominated by the team pursuit and team sprint events.

In the men's team pursuit, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull and Sam Harrison will look to add to the European title they won earlier this month, while Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell will aim to do likewise in the women's team pursuit.

In the men's team sprint, Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi are still trying to establish themselves as one of the world's best trios and will be targeting a podium in Manchester, while in the women's team sprint, Becky James will look to build on the European bronze medal she won in the Netherlands a fortnight ago when she pairs up with Vicky Williamson.

Friday will also see the opening three events take place in the men's omnium, in which Dibben will represent Britain, while King will target a medal in the b>women's scratch race.

Day 2: Saturday, November 2

Afternoon session: 9am-5.40pm. Evening session: 7pm-10.43pm

Jason Kenny will target gold in the men's individual sprint

Saturday is the busiest day of the meeting, with medals in no fewer than six events being decided.

The headline acts for Britain are James in the women's sprint, where she will look to follow up the world title she won in Minsk in Feburary, and Kenny, who will look to do similar in the men's keirin.

The men's omnium will draw to a close, while the women's omnium will get under way, with Laura Trott aiming to add to her Olympic and European titles.

Both the men's individual pursuit and women's individual pursuit will also be held, with Rowsell and either Burke or Tennant representing Britain, and Doull will fly the home flag in the men's points race.

Day 3: Sunday, November 3

Full-day session: 8am-5.08pm

Laura Trott is the Olympic and European omnium champion

The final day of the World Cup is another packed schedule, with five medals set to be decided.

The marquee event is the men's sprint, in which Kenny will look to get back to his best after failing to win a medal at the worlds and then being forced to settle for bronze at the Europeans.

Trott's women's omnium campaign will draw to a close, and James will also return to action in the women's keirin as she bids to follow up the gold she won in the discipline at the world championships.

Barker is back on the track for the women's points race, while Doull will take part in his third event in the men's scratch race.

For the full schedule of events, click here

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