Next week sees the advent of one of track cycling’s most prestigious events in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and Team GB has named a strong side to take on the best the sport has to offer – here are details of the coverage on different digital TV packages. Olympic legend and Scottish hero Sir Chris Hoy will look to defend his world keirin title whilst fellow reigning champions Victoria Pendleton and Ed Clancy seek to regain the sprint and omnium titles they too won last year in Denmark. There are some notable omissions from the British squad though, with dual sport Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero missing out having not recovered sufficiently from recent injury and Beijing Gold winners Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas have not been selected following their decision to concentrate on road cycling with Team Sky over the last two years.
BBC 1 and interactive services will have coverage of both Saturday’s and Sunday’s events, but for the best, most comprehensive coverage, you’ll need to have access to Eurosport who will be screening action from all 5 days of the event.
World Track Cycling Championships Coverage
- >> Wednesday March 23
- >> Day 1
- >> TV: British Eurosport 2, 5.45-9.30pm
- >> Thursday March 24
- >> Day 2
- >> TV: British Eurosport, 6-9.30pm
- >> Friday March 25
- >> Day 3
- >> TV: British Eurosport, 5.15-9.30pm
- >> Saturday March 26
- >> Day 4
- >> TV: British Eurosport, 12.45-5.30pm and BBC 1, 2.15-3.45pm
- >> Sunday March 27
- >> Day 5
- >> TV: British Eurosport, 12.15-5.30pm and BBC 1, 3-5.30pm
How to Get British Eurosport
Sky Digital Eurosport is available in the Sky News and Events Pack, you can find it on channel 410, with the HD version on 412 and Eurosport 2 on 411.
Virgin Media Eurosport is available in the Virgin TV M+ package or above, you can find it on channel 521, with the HD version on 522 and Eurosport 2 on 525. You’ll need the XL Package and a V HD or V+HD box to get the HD version
Sky Player Watch Eurosport via Sky Player on your PC or phone.
Although the UK team is not the favourite for once and those from Australia and France are favourites to medal most heavily this time, British cycling’s performance director Dave Brailsford is confident the team can do well at the Championships with the usual roles being reversed saying: “For us it’s a real positive to be going into the World Championships as the hunters rather than the hunted.” The primary focus of this competition is however, a grooming ground for some of the young talent in the squad, such as 18-year-olds Sam Harrison and Laura Trott and 20 year-old Dani Kin and Brailsford confirmed that: “These World Championships are a further stepping stone towards the Olympic Games in London.”
The always enthusiastic – not to mention partisan – Dutch supporters are sure to give the Championships an added buzz with the orange-clad fans always making best use of their klaxons and lungs. They should not be without reason to cheer this week either as the Netherlands team will not be short on exciting talent itself – all in all it should be well worth tuning in.