For the first time in its history British Cycling will host the Track element of the 2009 UCI Paracycling World Championships at the Manchester Velodrome from 6 to 8 November.
The competition is a surprise but welcome addition to British Cycling’s 2009 event calendar, following cancellation of the Seville Championships, originally scheduled for 3 – 13 September.
The Championships will feature top international paracyclists including members of the highly successful GB Team which won 20 Paralympic medals, 17 of which were gold, in Beijing in 2008.
Preparations for the event are currently under way in co-operation with Manchester City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and UK Sport
Ian Drake, CEO at British Cycling, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the UCI Paracycling World Championships at the home of British Cycling. Staging elite level competitions helps inspire interest in our sport and stimulates participation in all cycling disciplines.
“UCI’s decision to award the competition to British Cycling is a token of confidence in our ability to deliver world class events in the run up to London 2012 and beyond.”
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Arts and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is delighted to be hosting the UCI Paracycling World Championships in November. Having successfully hosted the annual BT Paralympic World Cup since 2005, this further enhancement of Manchester's disability event portfolio is a natural step to take and the City's Disability Sport and Cycling Development teams will be in a strong position to take advantage of all the legacy opportunities this prestigious event will bring.”
Peter Mearns, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the NWDA, said: “As Manchester prepares to welcome athletes to the BT Paralympic World Cup at the end of May, it is wonderful that we can announce the Paracycling World Championships will also be coming to the city less than six months later.
“Manchester has proven time and time again it has the expertise, high-quality facilities and world-class venues required to host major sporting events. I am delighted that such a prestigious and exciting event is coming to the region and to the Velodrome where so many heroes have been made already.”
Simon Morton, Senior Events Consultant at UK Sport, said: "We are extremely pleased that the UK has been able to support the UCI and the global paracycling community to ensure that this important event is staged. These World Championships will provide our elite cyclists with an important opportunity to develop their preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games on home soil."