UCI World Indoor Track Cycling Championships

Club member Toni went to the UCI World Indoor Track Cycling Championships.

“I went to Manchester for the weekend with Hubby to watch the UCI World Indoor Track cycling championships. I have a personal interest in track cycling as I have been priviledged through work to have track cycled a few times now with British Cycling and know how scary, fast and steep the track really is!!

The weekend was jam packed with non stop entertainment from 8.30 in the morning to gone 10 at night all at a very reasonable price! I thoroughly recommend it to anyone!We got to see close up all the cycling stars who average around 65 kph (women)  and reach sprint speeds of at least 80kph (the likes of Bradley Wiggins andChris Hoy!!).We were able to watch most cycling disciplines such as Individual & team sprint, team pursuit, points races, omnium and the Keirin (all will be in the Olympic programme) which has the little motorbike called a ‘Durney’ to regulate the initial speeds. We did indeed see right in front of us the horrific crash involving the Malaysian rider Aziz Awang who ended up with a splinter (more like a spear!!) through his calf – miraculously he should be back on his bike in a couple of weeks’ time.

Whilst there it was pure luck where our seats were – we ended up on the saturday evening and sunday sessions sitting right next to Chris Hoy’s family – his Mum and Dad, wife and little daughter and Victoria Pendleton’s sister and parents directly infront of us.This brought a steady flow of ‘Hoy & Pendleton well wishers’ including other riders and BBC interviewers – my camera was on overload!! The Greek and Netherland ‘team pursuit’ teams decided to come and sit with us as well –  I think really it was so that they had a birdseye view of the GB and Sky camp!!

Everyone was really friendly and was eager to chat to you to explain the ‘ins and outs’ of all the events.  The atmosphere was electric – for once I ended up with hardly a voice left!
As you can tell by the end of sunday when the excitement had finished we had had a most brilliant time but it hadn’t finish there – whilst waiting for most people to hurry off we had one last wander round walking past where the BBC had just finished broadcasting. I suddenly realised I needed to get my camera out for one last time……….Chris Boardman was coming towards me – he was great! As no one else was around he agreed to have his picture taken with me and to have a quick chat – as I was wearing the club sweatshirt, he was asking all about the club and was genuinely interested and charming. This was the end to a perfect weekend!”

Chris Boardman and Toni Mckinlay

Chris Boardman and Toni Mckinlay

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins