London 2012 venue to host Track Cycling World Cup round

British Cycling has announced that the velodrome used during London’s hosting of the 2012 summer Olympic Games will host the second round of the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) 2014-15 Track World Cup later this year.

Located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, the Lee Valley VeloPark will stage the event from December 5-7. The event will be hosted in partnership with UK Sport and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

London’s Track World Cup round will see the Great Britain cycling team return to the venue in which it won a total of nine medals during the London 2012 Games.

“We are delighted that the UCI has awarded an event in its World Cup series to the UK once again, recognising our continued commitment to the sport and world-renowned standard of event delivery,” British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director, Jonny Clay, said. “For our emerging athletes, we hope that their first World Cup at the Lee Valley VeloPark will prove to be the start of a successful journey towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

The second round event will also form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, which aims to bring 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019.

Simon Morton, director of major events for UK Sport, added: “The World Cup will be an important part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series and – along with the upcoming world championships that the UK is hosting in 2016 – will help the next generation of British cyclists to prepare for Rio 2016.”