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Milton, Ont., set to serve as host for UCI Track Cycling World Cup in October

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The UCI Track Cycling World Cup is a critical component for athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games. (Bojan Uzicanin/Cycling Canada photo)

MILTON, Ont. (from Cycling Canada) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce that the UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be returning to Milton’s Mattamy National Cycling Centre for a second consecutive year from Oct. 26-28, 2018. Cycling Canada was selected by the International Cycling Union to host three rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, culminating with the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2020.

The Track World Cup is the highest international level of track cycling competition and is a critical component of the qualification process for the Olympic Games and for the UCI World Championships. The Milton World Cup will be the second qualifying competition of the year and will feature five sessions of racing over three days.

“We are excited to work with the UCI and our multiple partners to build on last year’s success. Hosting the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup is a great opportunity for us to expose more people to the sport of cycling and we hope that the good performances of the Canadian National Team will inspire more people to get active and to get on a bike,” commented Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada.

The Mattamy National Cycling Centre, built to host the track events at the 2015 Pan Am Games, is a Category 1 homologated velodrome, and one of only two velodromes in North America that meets the requirements to host World Cup-level competitions.

Mathieu Boucher, Performance Development Director at Cycling Canada, said “We had a great first edition in 2017 and we are working on making the experience even better for participants and spectators alike. We saw some great performances from the Canadian team last year and we are excited to see our athletes perform at home in this state-of-the-art facility once again.”

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