London announced as host of 2016 UCI Track World Champs

25 September 2013 / 17:57

Chief executive Ian Drake is relishing the challenge ahead after British Cycling earned the right to host the 2016 UCI Track World Championships in London.

British Cycling began the process to bring the World Championships to the capital in the run up to last summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games.

And they learnt their fate following a decision made by the UCI management committee in Florence with the iconic velodrome in the Lee Valley VeloPark set to act as the venue.

Britain won nine Olympic medals, including seven gold, on that London track last summer with the 2016 World Championships to act as the final stage of the qualification process for Rio 2016.

They will take place between February 24 and 28 and are one of a number of high-profile sporting events including athletics, hockey and swimming to be coming to the capital.

And British Cycling chief executive Drake said: “Winning the bid to host the final Track Cycling World Championships of the next Olympic cycle is important strategically for us.

“It’s good for the current generation of athletes, but it’s also an important tool for inspiring the next generation who will follow in their footsteps.

“The events we’ve delivered over the last decade in the UK have rightly been regarded as world class but the delivery of a World Championships in this iconic venue will be the biggest task we’ve taken on to date.”

© Sportsbeat 2013