Charity Track Meeting at Manchester Velodrome

9th November 2002

Manchester's World Track Cycling Champions race for Charity

Britain's hugely successful track cycling team will be racing at their home track - the Manchester Velodrome - on November 9th against the cream of UK racers raising money for Children In Need and Dave Rayner Fund. 

"Outside of the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, this is the best track meet in Manchester you'll see" says Andrea Ingram, the track development officer. With two of GB's newly crowned World Champions - Craig Mclean & Chris Newton both riding [ & both CG 2002 & Olympic medallists too], plus National and World Masters champions it's sure to be a great event.

"I'm really looking forward to racing in my world champions jersey in front of a home crowd", Manchester based Craig Mclean said just before he went off to race at the Grenoble Six Day. " It's a great race meeting where we can race hard, have some fun and raise money for great charities." The meeting has three main strands of events - for sprinters, for women and for endurance riders - plus some special events and appearances by Jason Queally - Olympic champion & Yvonne McGregor - former World Champion. Women are well represented in the meeting with Victoria Pendleton, Mel Sears, Sue Carter, Emma Davies, Angela Hunter, Ellen Hunter, Denise Hampson among the strong field competing in among other things the Kareoke Keirin. 

This innovative event is also raced by the men sprinters in their omnium, so Craig, Andy Slater, Barney Storey, Jon Norfolk, Dave Heald, Ross Edger, Mathew Haynes and GB sprint coach Iain 'two eyes' Dyer had better get some singing practice in! The idea being that heat winners get their chance to earn some more [or lose some] valuable omnium points by singing a song - to be judged by the audience!

The endurance omnium riders led by an in-form Newton - who will be just back from riding at the Dortmund Six  and will be racing a Scratch race,
Win & out race, Devil of a Points race and the newly created Unknown Rules race [Danish Style]. Tester Micheal Hutchinson returns to his place of
triumph and his national pursuit champions stripey jersey to ride against a JF Wilsons team. And tandems have their place too. Denis Hampson & Ellen Hunter of the promoting club [Yasumitsu-Schlapp] will be attempting to break the 200m women's tandem record and then later there is the Tandem Team Sprint Challenge - one team stoked by sight-impaired riders Aileen McGlynn, Roger Green & Manchester's Brian Anthony. The other team stoked by Velodrome Manager Jarl Walsh, BC Event supremo Bob Barber and an un-named WCPP staff member [to be confirmed when they have found out who has drawn the short  straw].

With music, an auction of cycling paraphernalia [including signed jerseys from David Millar, Charly Wegelius & the international Kerin riders 2002, a bike] and a whole lot more, the evening promises to be a great one - a chance to honour our top sporting cyclists and raise money for Children in Need & Dave Rayner Fund - sending young cyclists abroad.

Doors open at 6pm. Admission 3.00 adults & 1.50 kids.

For information contact;
Andrea Ingram. 0161 223 2244

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