velodrome cycling

What a buzz!

Last weekend I ventured over to the Manchester Cycle Centre to watch the British Track Championships with famous faces including Jason Kenny, Jody Cundy and Laura Trott.

 

Never have I been interested in watching cycling other than the Tour de France but my other half is a keen cyclist and recently did a charity cycle to Flamborough Head and back – a total of 175miles.

 

We decided to head over to the velodrome and even on entry my excitement levels started to build.

 

Just looking at the venue, the stunning banked Siberian Pine-surfaced track, the array of bikes and team strips – it was an amazing spectacle for both lovers of the sport and new comers like me.

 

Then the track events started. We got to witness The Keirin where the iconic Derny bike is used, 200m sprints, a scratch race and a point’s race which lasted 40minutes and got very complicated towards the end for the medals.

 

My favourite races of the day were for the converted Match Sprint gold medal where two cyclists try to outwit each other over a 1000m distance.

 

The buzz and energy from the spectators as the two cyclist battled it out and put every bit of energy into propelling themselves over the finishing line before their rival was just breath taking.

 

I’m now a cycling fan and will be attending lots more events of this nature in the future and what I have learnt from this trip is to never judge a book by its cover and to try as many new experiences as possible!  You only live once…

 

Over and out!

Stacey x

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