Tuesday 21 February 2012

It's all about the Track...

Vicky Pendelton powers through as Jess Varnish peels off on their way to a new world record in the women's team sprint.

 It's been all about the track this last week as the world's best riders were in town to ride the finale of the Track World Cup at the Olympic Velodrome or the Eastway as it should be properly known. Many CCH members made their way down to the Olympic park over the course of the weekend and were treated to some very fine Track racing, not least by the British team.

CCH juniors meet the Ugandan team manager.
The new velodrome was sparkling and looked very inviting especially in the super hot atmosphere the capacity crowd produced.

Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell break another world record  in the team pursuit.
 On Friday evening we watched as the British women won two golds and broke two world records - truly inspiring stuff, I hope all our female club members were looking out for pointers.

The Ugandan team look relaxed before the race.
 The highlight of the evening though had to be watching our team mate Patrick Lawino ride in the 1Km time trial. As he stepped onto the track Patrick was introduced to the crowd as living in London and they all went wild.
Patrick Lawino, CCH and Uganda sets off in the Kilo -  watched by Keir.
Although he had a bad start Patrick rode the four laps to wild cheers all the way round and was interviewed for TV afterwards. Considering it was his first time in such a competition we thought he did very well, as did those watching on TV - a live twitter feed was shown on the big screen inside the velodrome with tweets such as "Patrick Lawino you're my new hero" and "Great to see a rider going round the velodrome in CCHackney kit"- not quite but designed by the same designer.

Patrick on TV in that great Ugandan kit.

After a hugely successful weekend Britain ran out winners topping the table with five gold, two silver and one bronze medals. For a full report see here.

Neil in a coaching session at Newport Velodrome.

Earlier last week CCH coaches Harry and Neil had an enjoyable couple of days as they undertook a British Cycling Level 2 track coaching course at the Newport Velodrome in Wales. They were treated to a fine display of Team pursuit riding by our own Tao and the other members of the Olympic Development Programme. As British Cycling keep saying it really is all about the track and hopefully this course will help CCH's  capacity to train riders on the track and at the Eastway in the near future.

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