The World Cycling Centre (WCC) has enrolled two trainee riders in the third round of the UCI Track World Cup presented by Samsung, which will be held from Thursday to Saturday in the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico.
The Chinese rider Jinjie Gong, 26, and the Irish rider Eoin Mullen, 20, will both take part in the Individual sprint, in the Keirin, and in the 200 metre flying lap.
âThey are under absolutely no pressure to perform here,â explains the WCC track coach, Tim Carswell. âOur trainees will race this UCI World Cup event on the road to the World Championships, and this is why they will be striving to achieve their personal bestâ.
The two athletes are already guaranteed a place in the World Championships, in at least one speciality, but in Mexico they could also qualify for other events.
Gong has already won five rounds of the World Cup during her career â four in the team sprint and one in the 500 metres. âI will work hard in Aguascalientes to get the best time," she says. As for Mullen, 5th in the kilometre time trial at the Junior European Championships in 2011, he will continue his apprenticeship at a high level with a first outing on the American continent.
The round at Aguascalientes will be the third and last of the Track World Cup 2012-2013. It will be organised one month ahead of the World Championships, which will take place in Minsk (Belorussia).