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By John Wilcockson
Australian sprinter Ryan Bayley, who won the sprint and keirin gold medals at the Athens Olympics in August, and the women’s 500-meter TT champion Anna Meares star in the three-day UCI World Cup track classic this weekend in Los Angeles.
This will be a dress rehearsal at the ADT Event Center indoor velodrome in Carson for the full-blown UCI track world’s next March. The three-day track meet on the 250-meter Schurmann-designed wood track with its 45-degree bankings should provide a feast of racing from most of the nations that will race at the world’s.
Qualifying round take place Friday and Saturday mornings, while the main sessions take place Friday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9:50 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Friday night, Bayley will compete in the men’s keirin, which is one of six finals in the three-hour session. The other men’s events of the evening are the 15km scratch race, 4km individual pursuit and 1km TT. Meares will show in the women’s sprint, while the other women’s race of the night is the 20km points race.
On Saturday, the five finals are the men’s team pursuit, points race and sprint; the women have their 3km individual pursuit, and the 500-meter TT (for which Meares holds the world record). Sunday’s final session has four finals: the men’s Madison (in which 2000 Olympic champion Marty Nothstein will be racing for the U.S.) and team sprint; and the women’s 10km scratch race and keirin.