/ Glasgow UCI World Cup
I was at the Velodrome for this afternoon's session and 'been watching on the red button tonight.
Thoroughly enjoying the racing and typically classy performances from the Brits.
Looking forward to more of the same tomorrow (perhaps without the heavy crashes).
Laura Trott though, eh? What a megastar.
She looked a bit rusty in the points race and I thought she must have over done the post Olympics' partying but all seem well now. Looking good for a medal tomorrow.
Was there yesterday as well, excellent
Will have to be the red button though for me today
At the last minute, I ended up being offered a couple of spare tickets for yesterday but couldn't make it, aargh! Have a good one today.
Oh, I'm not there today :( Will be climbing and recording the red button broadcast.
Didn't see you! :)
I was there on Friday. What an experience!
I've been watching yesterday and today on the Beeb. Tele was good, but nowhere near the drama of being there, literally feeling the slipstream as the bunch flew past.
But I loved Laura Trott's interview after winning the Omnium. She had only come to say thanks to the home crowd, and she wasn't fit. But once on the track, she decided she liked getting gold too much... What a star.
Even better than her interview was seeing her perform on the track. What a star!
>"nowhere near the drama of being there, literally feeling the slipstream as the bunch flew past"
£500 will buy you a bike that will let you get even closer to the bunch...
(initially you can hire a bike there)
really tempted to head on up to Glasgow to ride but hell that track looks damn scary compared to Herne hill
Fancy one of these for christmas?
Was there yesterday - brilliant event.
Watched the finals today. My brother was a starting gate assistant for the women but was on the opposite site to LT...heh heh.
Yes, was there today. Tense seeing Trott go into the final event a place down from Gold but she absolutely unleashed hell in the final time trial. Incredible!
What's the story with the London Olympic track? When will that be open to punters?
I'm guessing London, Manchester, Glasgow and Newport will all offer a similar experience...
no idea when the london velo will be open to the public, it of a shame they couldn't get it open for public use over the winter as HH is shut till march and i hope the recent burst of interest won't be lost (they were having to add in extra sessions to cope with the increase). Glasgow looks tighter and steeper than london but i have a feeling some of that could have been the camera angle.
think a UKc velodrome meet is needed
London will open to the public in 2014.
You are right about the steepness of Glasgow, the banking there is 45degrees vs 42degrees at London.
blimey 45 is steep (can't wait to ride an indoor track) and that's a silly long wait until London is open for punters
> blimey 45 is steep (can't wait to ride an indoor track) and that's a silly long wait until London is open for punters
One thing to get your head round is that the bank is 45° at the bottom of the banking and still only 45° 6 inches from the top of the banking - so riding round close to the barrier is just like riding round on the black line.
don't know what its like on a shorter track (i ride at herne hill which is 450m with iirc just over 30 degree banking) but from about half way round the end it gives the illusion that the track drops away really steeply although its only moderate banking
Yeah. I used to ride at Manchester which is steep. The acceleration you can get by dropping down from the top of the bank to the straight is amazing.
Regarding the slope. It's just like climbing - how does a 4c move feel off the deck compared to a 4c move solo 30 feet up.
Had "masterclass" from Rebecca Romero earlier this year down at the Newport Velodrome... The first few laps where we were going very slowly getting used to a fixed wheel, I found the banking very unnerving, feeling like the front wheel was about to slip and me fall in an undignified heap on the floor.
When we got up to speed, the feeling going round the banking of being pressed into the floor is amazing, and if you are riding high up the banking, that did get the buterflies going.
We were followed on to the track by the NZ womens squad... beautiful looking ladies, but the size of their legs was scary!
>"London will open to the public in 2014."
Yikes! That sound a bit of a while. Perhaps a squat could be organised? You know, local cycling clubs taking turns to keep the building occupied 24/7 and running track leagues etc. Seems a shame to have the building sitting empty.
Apparently all to do with the work they need to do on the park taking down the temporary structures etc.
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