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With the 2018 Commonwealth Games under a year away and Olympic Games Country qualification points on offer, a number of the world’s best track cyclists will be gunning for team selection and a great hit out when the International Track Series (ITS) returns to Melbourne from July 25-29, 2017.

The UCI Category 1 event – to be held over five days at Thornbury’s DISC Velodrome – provides the final opportunity for more than 125 of Australia’s and the world’s best cyclists to fine tune their racing skills.

Australia’s sprint heavyweights will take to the track and the best U19 riders from Australia and New Zealand will battle for the Tasman Cup.

“With a solid training block in their legs, Australia’s best will be eager to test their mid-year form on home soil,” said Craig Eastwood, Racing Manager for Cycling Victoria.

The Commonwealth Games might be early in 2018, however the performance time period for Australia’s National Cycling Team with a number of up-and-coming Juniors means every chance to race is a chance to impress the National selectors.

“ITS Melbourne is an integral component of many athlete’s greater preparation plans, especially with riders still getting used to the new Omnium format and the inclusion of the Women’s Madison to the Olympic program,” added Eastwood.

Australia’s best are set to face a solid international line up which features riders from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia including Olympic bronze medallist Wai Sze Lee, and Malaysia’s Olympic Bronze medallist Azizul Awang