Olympic Velodrome

On Saturday I was lucky enough to go and see the World Cup Track Cycling at the Olympic and Paralympic Velodrome. Wow !! It is an impressive venue. In many ways it wasn’t as big as I was expecting but it was sparkly new and a great atmosphere. velodrome1 It was great to see some of the big names in British cycling perform in front of you. This is the moment that Sir Chris Hoy won his heat of the Keirin, coming from five places behind to snatch victory at the line. This man was amazing! 20120218-Velodrome-337 Unfortunately two of the GB ladies, Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish, had to race against each other in the Sprint race . . . 20120218-Velodrome-361 Having witnessed how close these cyclists ride together, especially in some races with more than 20 riders, I was surprised there weren’t more accidents. I witnessed only 3 accidents throughout the whole seven hours that I was there. The worst was when this riders front forks just seemed to break up. Luckily everyone walked away from their incidents seemingly without any serious injury. 20120218-Velodrome-372 Amazing day, anyone who has tickets for the Olympics is very lucky. I wasn’t lucky enough to have a press pass or anything so these photos are what I could get from my seat or wandering around the stadium.

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