France’s newly built national velodrome is the destination for this year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships and BBC Sport will be screening live coverage of all five days.
Located in south-west Paris, the venue plays host to the first Track World Championships to be held in France for almost ten years, since 2006 in Bordeaux, and new track is already drawing praise from athletes, and fans can expect to see some aggressive racing when competition gets underway.
In addition to the battle for the right to don the rainbow jersey of UCI world champion in the 19 events to be contested, every country will be looking to score highly coveted ranking points for the rapidly approaching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Great Britain have dominated the track cycling events at the last two Olympics but came away from the 2014 World Championships in Cali with a relatively disappointing haul of five medals – two gold, one silver and two bronze – and with the Rio 2016 now firmly in sight, they will have higher expectations this year.
Olympic qualification will be the focus for the 19 British cyclists heading for Paris and its strong team sees key sprint and endurance players return from injury with a number of riders making their senior world championships debuts.
Reigning double world champion Joanna Rowsell has made selection for the event as have fellow world champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott who, along with Ciara Horne will be looking to defend the team pursuit title for the fifth year running.
Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke, who sustained a broken collarbone during a training ride last month, has recovered in time to make selection for the team, which also includes the likes of London 2012 medal winners Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes and Ed Clancy.
All British riders will look to lay down a significant marker ahead of a the most important year of the Olympic cycle in 2016, with the staging of the next Track World Championships in a year’s time due to be on home soil at the Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which acts as the final showdown before Rio 2016.
With just over 18 months until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, expect intense racing in the French capital and fans can follow all the must-see medal races live across the BBC.
Visit the official UCI website for further information and background to the 2015 Track Cycling World Championships.
The BBC will be showing live coverage of all the major medal finals from the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris on February 18-22.
BBC Red Button will showcase all the action over the first four days with at least three hours of uninterrupted coverage of all the night’s must-see medal events each night, plus there will be two live shows on BBC Two, including extensive coverage of the final day’s action on Sunday.
The first BBC Two show will be on Thursday night at 7.00pm, which features plenty of British interest, including the women’s team pursuit, where they are defending champions, Olympic gold medallists and world record holders, while the men’s keirin, an exciting race where riders follow a motorbike around the velodrome before battling it out in a sprint finish, is also featured.
Then on Sunday from 12.50pm, cycling fans can sit back and enjoy more than three-and-a-half hours of coverage, including the conclusion of the women’s omnium, in which Great Britain’s Laura Trott will be hoping to win gold, having claimed silver in the event at last year’s championships in Colombia, while GB’s men will be eager for an improved showing after failing to earn a medal in Cali a year ago.
In the men’s sprint, hopes rest with three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny, who claimed the coveted rainbow jersey in 2011 and 2013, winning the sprint and keirin respectively, while the show will also look back at the best of the action from earlier in the championships.
Jonathan Edwards presents BBC Two’s coverage from Paris, with commentary throughout the week from Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines coming from Simon Brotherton, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Boardman, while Jill Douglas conducts interviews with the key riders.
Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the event, which will also be available on the BBC cycling website.
Wednesday 18th February DAY 1 LIVE: 6.55pm-9.25pm BBC Red Button
Thursday 19th February DAY 2 LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm BBC Two (except Wales) / 5.55pm-9.25pm BBC Red Button
Friday 20th February DAY 3 LIVE: 5.55pm-9.30pm BBC Red Button
Saturday 21st February DAY 4 LIVE: 6.00pm-9.10pm BBC Red Button
Sunday 22nd February DAY 5 LIVE: 12.50pm-4.30pm BBC Two (except Wales)