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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 March 2008, 17:06 GMT
Track Cycling World Champs photos

A promotional banner for the Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships have arrived in Manchester and will be staged at the city's velodrome

Bikes resting against a wire fence

The Netherlands team unpack their cycles in less than salubrious conditions outside the arena

Bike tyres inside the velodrome

Inside, teams go through last-minute technical preparations ahead of the championships, which start on Wednesday

A British rider on the practice bike

The British contingent, which includes Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, have high hopes of winning medals

The British riders in a teamtalk

And the team meet for final day talks before the racing begins with the qualifying for the men's individual pursuit

A British bike

The bikes they will be riding are worth around 17,000 each but still benefit from the simplest of help...

White vinegar

...white vinegar is used to make the tyres sticky at the start of a race, yet smooth as the race progresses



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