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Cycling Canada is pleased to an­nounce that a bid has been sub­mit­ted to the Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale (UCI) for a three-year sanc­tion to hold a Track World Cup at the Mat­tamy Na­tional Cycling Cen­tre in Mil­ton, Ont.

The bid is for a multi-year host­ing of three con­sec­u­tive years, be­gin­ning in 2017-18 and go­ing through 2018-19 and 2019-20, lead­ing into the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan. The World Cup is the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion, and is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of qual­i­fy­ing start­ing po­si­tions for World Cham­pi­onships and Olympic Games.

The Mat­tamy Na­tional Cycling Cen­tre, built to host the track events at the 2015 Pan Am Games, is a Cat­e­gory 1 ho­molo­gated velo­drome, and one of only two velo­dromes in North Amer­ica that meets the re­quire­ments to host World Cup-level com­pe­ti­tions.

The UCI will re­lease the 2017-18 cal­en­dar dur­ing the UCI Congress at the Road World Cham­pi­onships (Oct. 9-16), with dates based on pair­ing lo­ca­tions that are in the same re­gion. The Mil­ton World Cup could be ei­ther in the Fall 2017 or Winter 2018.

“We are pleased to be con­sid­ered as a po­ten­tial host to top-level World Cup events in Mil­ton,” stated Jac­ques Landry, high-per­for­mance di­rec­tor at Cycling Canada. “Hold­ing th­ese World Cups in our back­yard will help con­tinue to build the pop­u­lar­ity of track cycling in Canada, all the while giv­ing our best track ath­letes the chance to shine on the in­ter­na­tional stage in front of their home crowd lead­ing into the Tokyo Olympics.”

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