I went to see some track cycling with Steve yesterday at Manchester Velodrome. There were numerous very very quick riders in attendance, olympic medallists and so on. A few things stood out – in some of the sprint races, and a strange madison time-trial; the average speed of over two laps worked out at 38 miles per hour. At one point someone managed a lap at an average speed in excess of 41mph. i think it may have been the final lap of a sprint. i get more than a little excited and nervous when descending at around 40mph. the idea that someone might be able to replicate this kind of speed on the flat is very difficult to comprehend.
highlights including seeing alex dowsett race, he is clearly a rider of some potential. having ridden for trek live-strong he is now signed up for Sky. the match sprint between edgar and maclean was also fairly awe-inspiring. i got to see my first ever derny race. i’ve seen motor pacing before, but never a real live derny in a velodrome. it was a fantastic spectacle.