February 13, 2008 — The small town of Ballerup outside of Copenhagen plays host to the final round of the 2007/08 UCI Track World Cup this weekend. The have been record fields all year long on the World Cup circuit and Copenhagen promises to be no difference as riders from 30 nations will be chasing Track Worlds berths and the overall World Cup crown.
The field at Los Angeles was showing signs of being tired from the arduous travelling schedule this year, which has seen riders race on three continents. That may play well for the Great Britain team sprint squad who stayed away from the Los Angeles round to focus on this final round and the Track Worlds, where they will hold home court advantage in Manchester. After the LA World Cup Canada’s Zach Bell commented that heavy legs were apparent in Los Angeles, and that other than the top riders the men’s field seemed shattered (Bell himself was sick in LA).
The Danish home crowds will be cheering hard for local heroes Alex Rasmussen and Michael Morkov in the Madison. A silver medal performance in LA moved the pair into a tie for the World Cup overall with Belgium.
A small number of Canadians will be present in Ballerup including the Team RACE duo of Steph Roorda and Julia Bradley. Though the CCA has not announced their roster for the event it is suspected the Gina Grain and Tara Whitten will be competing for the national team as both riders are on the cusp of selection for the World Championships. Grain jokingly told us that the Copenhagen round is like detention for riders that didn’t perform well enough at the other world cups which would have allowed them to stay home and train for the Track Worlds.
Burnaby Velodrome regulars Kenny Williams (Cody Racing), Kele Murdin (Proman) and Iona Wynter-Parks (Jamaica) will all be in attendance as well.