Track Cycling World Cup preview: British riders return to action in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Last Updated: 04/12/13 5:45pm
Britain's women's team pursuit squad will look to lower their own world record on a fast Aguascalientes track
Great Britain's track cyclists will return to action on Thursday evening when they take part in the three-day Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico (December 5-7).
Jason Kenny is looking to rediscover his form
The event is the second of three world cups in the 2013/14 season and comes a month after the first was held in Manchester, where Britain topped the medals table with eight.
The world cups offer qualifying points for February's Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia, and Aguascalientes holds particular importance for Jason Kenny, who failed to reach the finals of the men's individual sprint in Manchester and has ground to make up.
The meeting also gives Britain's all-conquering women's team pursuit quartet an ideal opportunity to further lower their own world record.
Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker set a new best time of 4min 19.604sec in Manchester and will aim to better that mark on an Aguascalientes track known to be one of the fastest in the world due to its altitude of 1,870m above sea level.
World Cup schedule
- Thursday, December 5
- Women's team pursuit
- Women's team sprint
- Men's team pursuit
- Women's points race
- Men's team sprint
- Friday, December 6
- Women's 500m time trial
- Women's individual pursuit
- Men's omnium
- Men's scratch race
- Men's scratch race
- Men's individual sprint
- Saturday, December 7
- Men's 1km time trial
- Women's omnium
- Men's madison
- Men's keirin
- Women's individual sprint
- Click here for the full event schedule
The quartet will be joined by recent recruit Katie Archibald, who helped the team win gold at the European championships in October and then won two individual medals in Manchester in the colours of the Scottish Braveheart squad.
Archibald told britishcycling.org.uk: "I have never actually ridden at altitude so I can't give a report of what it is going to be like, but it is nice to be optimistic, so why not? Let's go faster.
"It is everyone's dream to get in the pursuit team. They [Archibald's team-mates] have just been very welcoming. It has been an ideal transition."
The British men's team pursuit will also be aiming to win a second successive world cup gold, but will have to do so without Olympic champion Andy Tennant, who has been replaced in the quartet by Sam Harrison. Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull make up the team.
In the women's sprint, Becky James will look to round off her breakthrough 2013 by adding to the four medals she won at February's world championships in Minsk and her three medals in Manchester.
The Welsh rider, who turned 22 last week, will race in the individual sprint, keirin and team sprint alongside Jess Varnish.
Meanwhile, Trott and Jon Dibben will lead the British challenge in the omnium.
Great Britain team
Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes
Women's sprint: Becky James, Jess Varnish
Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison
Women's endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott