Saturday, 6 August 2016

109. Track Cycling - Keirin

Event: Track Cycling - Keirin 
Date: 17th July 2016 
Location: Preston Park Velodrome 
Cost: £70.00 each for the session (five events)  
Rules: Six riders follow a motorised derny around the track, which gradually picks up speed before leaving the track with around two laps to go. The derny increases speed from 30 km/hr to 50 km/hr. Once it's left the track, the riders race to the finish line. 

The Event:

Olympic Gold Medal London 2012: Victoria Pendleton, Great Britain. 
Team 114 Results:
1st - Clare (5:01.99) 
2nd - Laura
3rd - Sarah
4th - Claire
5th - Greg
6th - Ellie

Sarah: We roped Carl in to be our derny, and he did an excellent job leading us round the track and gradually increasing our speed. On our longer track, we rode two laps behind derny-Carl and one lap racing. As with most of these races, we all started jovial and jostling for space, but as it got nearer to Carl leaving the track, it all got a bit tactical!  It was lots of fun, and as with all of these track events, I'd happily do them again!  
Ellie: Well, the allure of cycling was really wearing thin by this point. I'm quite happy cycling for pleasure, pootling around but anything where I 'have' to go fast or long distances isn't really my thing.... that being said, it was really nice to watch the race finish and see everyone else compete to be the best! 

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