British Cycling have revealed tickets for the World Championships have surpassed the 50,000 mark ©Getty Images

British Cycling have announced a total of 50,000 tickets have now been sold for the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track World Championships in London next month.

The annual Championships are due to take place from March 2 to 6 at the Lee Valley VeloPark, which hosted Olympic and Paralympic competition during London 2012.

Britain finished top of the track cycling medals table at the Olympics as they earned seven gold medals, as well as one silver and bronze.

Having announced a 21-rider team earlier this week, including Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Becky James, the host country will be aiming to improve on their tally of three silver medals from the 2015 Championships in Paris.

As ticket sales have breached the 50,000 mark, British Cycling have claimed it is now the most successful in the modern era.

“We are delighted to see over 50,000 tickets sold, reflecting the incredible popularity of cycling in this country and the growing appetite for world class cycling events,” said Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycle sport and membership.

“The Championships will see the very best riders from around the world compete to win the coveted rainbow jersey and a packed velodrome will provide a fantastic atmosphere, for riders and spectators alike.”

The five-day Championships are scheduled to take place at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London
The five-day Championships are scheduled to take place at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London ©Getty Images

Currently nine of the 12 sessions have been sold out, with a limited number of tickets remaining available for the remaining ones.

The Championships are expected to provide a key indicator of cyclists form ahead of this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Men’s and women’s team sprints will be one of the key focuses on the first of five-days of competitions on March 2.

Four world titles will be decided on the next two days, with the home crowd likely to expect success in the team pursuit events, before individual sprints and the omniums will come to the fore on March 5 and 6.

Competition is due to draw to a close with the men’s madison, which will see Cavendish and Sir Bradley seek to repeat their gold medal success from the 2008 Championships, when the event was held in Manchester.