CYCLING stars of the future are set to compete at an event that has previously included a Tour de France winner and a Giro d'Italia winner.

Round three of the National Youth Omnium will take place at the Preston Park Velodrome in The Ride, Brighton. The event will showcase the brightest up and coming cycling talent from across the UK, who will compete on May 29 at the city's open-air velodrome.

The Omnium is a multiple race event in track cycling made up of five different races. The first two require short, explosive efforts, the 1km time trial and the match sprint.

The Argus: The Preston Park Youth Cycling Club in May last yearThe Preston Park Youth Cycling Club in May last year

The other three events are bunch races, the points race which sees points awarded for sprints every two laps, the scratch race which will see the first rider over the line be named the winner.

The final event is the elimination race, in which the last rider of the bunch will be eliminated at the end of every lap.

Each of these events will test all of the rider's skills and abilities and will reward those with track craft as much as those with strength and stamina.

Previous winners of the event include Geraint Thomas, who went on to become Great Britain's first Tour de France winner and Tao Geoghegan Hart, Great Britain's first Giro d'Italia winner.

Preston Park Youth Cycling Club (PPYCC) has hosted the event for over ten years at the city's velodrome. In its heyday in the 1950s, up to 10,000 spectators would come and watch the cycle races.

Sussex riders have been represented in the first two rounds of the National Youth Omnium and PPYCC will be fielding 18 riders in the event from the under 10s to the under 16s age categories.

The under 14s and 16s will be competing for a spot in the final of the National Youth Omnium, which will be held in August at the Derby Velodrome.