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Brailsford excited ahead of Minsk

British Cycling chief Dave Brailsford is as enthusiastic as ever ahead of the first Track Cycling World Championships of a new Olympic cycle.

Following all the successes of Beijing and London, Britain will begin the journey to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with this week's World Championships in Minsk, which begin tomorrow.

"This worlds is always where you start to see this blend of youth and more experienced riders coming together and that's always exciting to see," performance director Brailsford said on britishcycling.org.uk.

"The time after the Olympic Games is a time to experiment, try new things, in many respects mix it up a little in terms of training and what riders are focusing on. "Equally I think it is an opportunity to go and enjoy the worlds and see them as a massive opportunity because there is no threat at this worlds in terms of expectation.

"(But) it's a worlds and it is a serious business - you've got to go to the worlds to compete to the best of your ability and there are a lot of our riders who have trained very, very hard and are going to be in good shape."

Six Olympic champions and six senior World Championships debutants are in Britain's 16-rider team.

Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Ed Clancy, Steve Burke, Dani King and Laura Trott are joined by Kian Emadi, Vicky Williamson, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Simon Yates and Elinor Barker in the squad.

"The collective mood is a good one," Brailsford added.

"London has gone and this is the first step towards Rio.

"The first worlds after an Olympic Games is always where you start to dust yourself down again as a team and the focus starts to narrow, to thinking forward, you leave the joys of the past behind.

"These are the times, there is a changing of the guard if you like. Young, aspiring riders suddenly have their opportunity to become the leaders of the team.

"New riders are coming through. From a general programmes perspective it is always nice to see young Academy riders stepping up to the senior team and a senior worlds for the first time."