Sunday, 12 December 2010
In a three-quarter full Manchester Velodrome, riders competing in The Revolution series battled it out for points last night. I went along at the last minute due to a spare ticket cropping up from fellow North Cheshire Clarion club member Adam Leadbetter.
It's been a while since I've been to the National Cycling Centre, last time was for the Track World Cup as a guest of British Cycling, where I was in the centre of the track and went home with a sore neck (it was a bit like watching Formula One racing cars zooming by).
Being up in the stands gave a much better view of what was going on, both in the pits and on the track, I really enjoyed it. For a cyclist, there's lots to take in. Not only the fantastic bikes that are on the track, seeing the up and coming talent plus some blistering racing but also the stalls and shops that set-up for the night.
I managed to bag a Condor cap for seven quid and a DVD that I've been after for absolutely ages called "The Battle of the Bikes," which details the rivalry between Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree. An absolutely superb documentary of a rivalry from the mid 1990's which follows both riders in a "fly on the wall" style aswell as fantastic footage of their individual achievements. Brilliant for a cyclists Christmas stocking.
If you've never ridden in a Velodrome, it's a completely different experience to road cycling requiring a completely different set of skills as a cyclist. I went on one of their track taster sessions, which you can read about here and I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies it.