London to bid for 2012 Track Cycling World Championships

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has confirmed that the city will bid for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016.

If successful the event will be staged at the Olympic Park’s Velodrome in the capital.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has confirmed that the city will bid for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016.

If successful the event will be staged at the Olympic Park’s Velodrome in the capital.

The announcement was made in the Wake of Bradly Wiggins’ victory at the Tour de France 2012 this weekend.

Johnson dubbed London, “the best sports city in the world,” and suggested that Wiggins’ success, along with legacy of the Olympics, would make London the perfect host city.

The mayor also said that the rider’s incredible efforts in this year’s Tour de France will inspire thousands of Britons to take up cycling.

“I want our great capital city to play its own part in the cycling revolution that is taking place by hosting the Track Cycling World Championships in 2016,” he said.

“The wonderful velodrome we have built in east London would be packed to the rafters for such an event.”

The velodrome in the Olympic Park, which will be renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate the Jubilee, will be run by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Chief Executive of the organisation said they would be, “delighted and proud” to host the event.

“Having the opportunity to host the 2016 Championship at the Velodrome would further enhance the popularity of cycling, support elite cyclists and help us develop future winners and champions,” he added.

Britain last hosted the competition back in 2008 when it was hosted in Manchester.