Cycling World Cup – London

The Cycling World Cup is being held this weekend at the Olympic velodrome. The event, doubling up as the test event ahead of the Olympics, sees many of the top track cyclists go head to head in the build up to the greatest show on earth. cycling has long been a sport that the Great British team can expect to see many medals with many of the team hoping to strike Gold.

In this first event in the London velodrome the track is already proving to be one of the fastest ever. Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new world best of 32.754 seconds as they beat Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares of Australia in the team sprint. Courtesy of BBC :Women’s Sprint Team claim WR

Following the fantastic performance by the sprint Queens, Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell then beat Canada in a record 3:18.148 in the team pursuit final.

There was however some disappointment for the British team as the mens sprint team of Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy missed out on a final place in the qualifying session, Germany went on to beat France for gold in the evening, as Gret Britain defeated Australia to claim the Bronze Medal. Sir Chris commented on the event by saying “The wall of noise when you’re on the track is unbelievable.

“We all had lumps in our throat when Vicky and Jess were on the podium and it’s hard not to get caught up in that emotion.

“I believe the crowd have been a decisive factor in our performances today. Goodness knows what it will be like in a few months’ time.”

The competition continue over the weekend as many more of Great Britain’s hopefuls continue on their path towards the Olympics.

 

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