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3 May 2015 1 Comment

The Perfect Hour

Who knew that watching a bloke ride 200 times around a 250 metre track would be so compelling? The Hour Record, until a few years ago, was one of the great and most prestigious titles in cycling. True legends like Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil are prior holders before Eddy Merckx put the record out of […]

26 November 2014 0 Comments

A Word With Ed

My favourite track rider is, without a doubt, Ed Clancy. I’ve watched him cycle on the boards at the Manchester Velodrome many a time (I blogged about his world record Madison time trial with Ollie Wood here). I was also privileged to witness him, as part of the four man team pursuit squad, win World […]

5 January 2014 0 Comments

Viva La Revolucion! Viva Clancy!

Whether it’s watching the Tour of Britain, a nocturne* in Salford, a World Championship at the velodrome or one of the Revolution series of track meets, one name you are sure to see on the start sheet is Edward Clancy MBE. With 2 Olympic golds, a bronze, 5 World Championship titles and so many National […]

10 November 2012 1 Comment

In the Trenches

Traditionally, 1st November is the date where cyclists who finished their road year at the end of September climb back on their bikes having had a month off and start preparing for the new season. For a triathlete, the first races with open water swims aren’t until May, but I’ve always started in March or […]

28 November 2011 0 Comments

1 Day in Ghent. A guest post by Dughall McCormick

  I haven’t got a bike. I haven’t really ridden a bike since the early 1980s. I’m not especially interested in competitive cycling. How is it then that I found myself in the crowd on day 5 of the 6 Days of Ghent last Saturday night?   It started with a walk I am part […]

13 December 2010 0 Comments

The Great Marvulli (an update)

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Franco Marvulli, the Swiss 6 day rider. Well, on Saturday he was back in action again at Round 3 of the Revolution series. He won 3 races (with the able assistance of his team mates), and this despite having a jaw swollen to the size […]

21 November 2010 1 Comment

The Great Marvulli

You’d be forgiven for thinking with a name like that I’d be blogging about a Victorian music hall act, whereas I’m actually writing about Franco Marvulli, a Swiss cycling legend. His name will be unfamiliar to most as he isn’t really a road rider (although he does ride a few criterium races) yet his palmarès […]

5 January 2009 0 Comments

Second Session on the Boards

After my first time riding the boards at Manchester Velodrome I had a silly grin on my face for about a week. I hadn’t expected another go so soon, but Steve Pallett who organised the first session invited me along to another session just after New Year with the East Essex Tri Club (Not a […]

24 November 2008 0 Comments

An Excellent Adventure

Yesterday I took part in a track taster session at the legendary Manchester Velodrome. It was an assorted bunch of triathletes, urban commuters and would-be Chris Hoys that walked down the somewhat surgical corridor to the changing rooms. The modern and strictly utilitarion interior of the Manchester Velodrome felt how I imagine the interior of […]

22 November 2008 0 Comments

Building Excitement

Early Saturday morning and I’ve just done the coffee and pastry thing (my favourite breakfast). I’m really excited this weekend as tomorrow afternoon I’ve got my first session at Manchester velodrome. I’ve been to a couple of the Revolution meets there, as well as the World Championships earlier this year and it looks like incredible […]

28 March 2008 0 Comments

Day at the World Track Championships

Yesterday my friend Dave and I spent the day at the velodrome in Manchester watching the World Track Championships. There were three finals, and incredibly Great Britain won all three. Men’s Team Pursuit GB were the hottest of hot favourites for this event, yet surprisingly only qualified second fastest for the final. However, in front […]