The Track World Championships at the Lee Valley Velodrome starts on Wednesday as Team GB look to lay down a marker ahead of the Olympics in Rio this summer.
The event promises to be an all action couple of days where spectators will see the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell race at the famous Lee Valley Velodrome.
If you know a thing or two about cycling, you will realise Team GB has been a real superpower in this particular discipline; but during the last couple of years we have seen the Australians come back to rival Shane Sutton’s close knit group of riders.
A lot of the old guard of Team GB have retired or have moved onto pastures new; fans will be synonymous with Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy, and Geraint Thomas who all made their name on the track.
But this year Team GB have got some familiar names returning to a discipline where it all began for them; Wiggins and Cavendish want to add a gold medal at the Olympics to their glittering palmares, and the Championships in London is an ideal tool for preparation.
It will be interesting to see if Wiggins and Cavendish can achieve the goals they set at Rio 2016.
For Wiggins it might be easier as he now doesn’t have the added pressure of riding on the road. But with Cavendish aiming for the Yellow Jersey, being the World Race Champion, as well as an Olympic gold medallist all in one year; it does beg the question whether the Manxman will be able to do that.
But with Cavendish, you just know that he could find a way of pulling it out of the bag.
So what can fans expect from the weeks racing?
Wednesday – Fans will be able to see the men and women’s sprint teams in action, as well as the start of the women’s individual pursuit.
Thursday – It’s a big day for the male riders as it is the always entertaining men’s team pursuit event that should feature Ed Clancy and Owain Doull, amongst others.
Friday – Punters travelling up to the Velodrome on Friday will be treated to the women’s team pursuit, and over the years this event has bore some fantastic medals for Team GB. So don’t be surprised if Rowsell Shand and Trott deliver the goods.
Saturday – Sees the turn of the men sprints, as Jason Kenny will look to pick up gold ahead of close rival Gregory Bauge.
Sunday – Then on the last day of racing, Laura Trott will race in the women’s omnium, as well Wiggins and Cavendish in the Madison race.
It’s going to be a great week of racing, with some top names on show. You can catch coverage of the event throughout the week on BBC as well on the Radio 5 Live radio service.
I’ve managed to get some tickets for one of the sessions on Saturday, so keep an eye out for my piece: ‘My day at the Track World Championships’ on the site sometime next week.