The 2015 UCI Track World Championships are about to begin in Paris with Australia focused on the team sprints on the opening night of competition.

7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:35 PM

Superstar Anna Meares and in-form Matthew Glaetzer spearhead the Australian sprint teams gunning for gold on the opening night of the track cycling world championships in Paris.

SBS will broadcast the 2015 UCI Track World Championships from Thursday 19 to Monday 23 February on SBS2 and online at Cycling Central.

Meares, who needs just one more rainbow jersey to become the most successful female track cyclist in history, will reunite with Kaarle McCulloch as they attempt to win a fourth world team sprint title together.

The pair claimed gold in 2009, 2010 and 2011, while 31-year-old Meares has won a total of 10 world titles from 11 appearances.

Glaetzer has recovered from a heavy fall at the national championships a fortnight ago which he suffered just days after posting the fastest-ever flying 200m on Australian soil.

He'll team up with fellow 2012 world champion Shane Perkins and 21-year-old debutant Nathan Hart on Wednesday night (Thursday morning AEDT) at France's new national velodrome.

Australia claimed three titles at last year's world championships in Colombia, in the women's points race and the men's individual and team pursuits.

Overall, the team took home eight medals and finished equal first on the table, alongside Germany.

National performance director Kevin Tabotta has lofty ambitions for the 20-rider team in Paris but is reluctant to predict how many medals Australia can win.

"If people are performing at their absolute best...I believe we are in a really strong position to get on the podium in a number of events," he told AAP.

"But it's all got to come together on the day and every nation is targeting the same thing."

There are 19 world titles up for grabs during the five-day competition.

The team sprints are the only finals Australia could compete in on Wednesday's opening night.

Reigning world champion Amy Cure will miss the points race due to a schedule clash with the team pursuit.

There are five Australian riders making their world championships debut this week including Canberra's Hart.

Tabotta says the 2015 worlds are "very important" as Australia prepares for next year's Rio Olympics.

"This is the final opportunity to experiment a little bit and do something a little bit different in a couple of areas to find out what our strategy is with regards to athletes and the way that we tackle each of the events," the coach said.

Some of the young guns aren't currently in the running for an Olympic berth, Tabotta said, "but give them another six months and that could all change".

Management is also keen to see how the debutants perform as Australia looks beyond Rio to the home 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"It's important that we're blooding people now because often it's three or four years into their world championship representation that they start to become medal performers, particularly in the individual and sprint events," Tabotta said.