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OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S KEIRIN



Great Britain’s sprinting queen, Victoria Pendleton was able to reverse her bad luck from the first day of track racing and come out on top. Surprisingly, her main rival and current World Champion Anna Meares didn’t even medal. Rest assured, they will meet again in the women’s Sprint.

GOLD — Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton)
SILVER — China (Shuang Guo)
BRONZE — Hong Kong (Wai Sze Lee)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of NBC Olympics.
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OLYMPICS: MEN’S TEAM PURSUIT


Okay I’ve been on a camping trip over the weekend so I was barely able to watch any more of the Olympic track cycling events. With the last few medals being awarded today, I’ll just post some quick recaps…

Great Britain’s Team Pursuit squad of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh broke their own World Record timing twice — once in qualifying and then again in the final heat against Australia. The new record stands at 3:51.659 (formerly 3:53.295 set by Great Britain at World Championships earlier this year).

GOLD — Great Britain (Edward Clancy / Geraint Thomas / Steven Burke / Peter Kennaugh)
SILVER — Australia (Jack Bobridge / Glenn O’Shea / Rohan Dennis / Michael Hepburn)
BRONZE — New Zealand (Sam Bewley / Marc Ryan / Jesse Sergent / Aaron Gate)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
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OLYMPICS: MEN’S TEAM SPRINT


With Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and their newest team mate 19-year old Philip Hindes, Great Britain’s Men’s Team Sprint could not have gone better. While Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish had some trouble with their Women’s Team Sprint, relegating them to 8th place — the sold-out stadium crowd was all cheers for Hoy and company.

In the qualifying round, Hoy, Kenny and Hindes broke the Olympic record. Then the top eight teams advanced to the semi-final round. Hindes’ tire slipped a bit on the start so he crashed out in the first turn to get a restart. During the rerun, the Brits broke the World Record with a time of 42.747 seconds (previously set by Germany last year at 42.914 seconds).

The remaining teams advanced to the finals: Germany v. Australia for Bronze and Great Britain v. France for Gold. I expected France to be the biggest threat for Great Britain in this event but at this point, it was obvious that The Brits were in much better shape. In the final round, Hoy and his team once again smashed the World Record with a time of 42.6 seconds while Germany beat Australia for bronze. This is the fifth Olympic Gold medal for Sir Chris Hoy and the second for Jason Kenny. Here are your medals:

GOLD - Great Britain (Chris Hoy / Jason Kenny / Philip Hindes)
SILVER - France (Gregory Baugé / Michael D’Almeida / Kevin Sireau)
BRONZE - Germany (Rene Enders / Robert Forstemann / Maximillian Levy)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of The Guardian.
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LONDON OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT


I usually find the first day of any international track meet to be kind of boring but today was definitely an exception at the London Olympic velodrome. We saw lots of records falling, tons of drama, upsets and of course some of the fastest track riding ever.

In the qualifying round, Great Britain’s team of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new World Record at 32.526 seconds (the previous record of 32.549 seconds was set by Germany at World Champs earlier this year). A couple heats later and China’s team of Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo broke the new World Record at a blistering 32.447 seconds.

The top eight teams advanced to the first round and that’s where things started to get dramatic. Shockingly, British favorites Pendleton and Varnish were disqualified from the tournament because Pendleton’s bike overlapped Varnish’s prematurely. Of course the commissaries’ decision to disqualify Great Britain was not taken well by the crowd in the sold-out London Olympic Velodrome. In the next heat, China’s Gong and Guo once again raised the bar by a few thousandths of a second and set the new World Record at 32.442 seconds.

Advancing to the final round was Australia and Ukraine in the race for Bronze and China and Germany in the race for Gold. The Australiennes Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch won the Bronze medal while China beat Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte only to get relegated for an exchange violation. The commissaries knocked China down to Silver and Germany took Gold. So with World Records tumbling and some bad luck for a couple teams, here are the Women’s Team Sprint medals:

GOLD - Germany (Kristina Vogel / Miriam Welte)
SILVER - China (Jinjie Gong / Shuang Guo)
BRONZE - Australia (Anna Meares / Kaarle McCulloch)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of London2012.com

CYCLISME SURE PISTE AUX JEUX OLYMPIQUES


Looks like everyone is getting ready for this weekend in London. Who are your picks?

« In advance of the London Olympics, all athletes are focused not only on their training but on their equipment as well. In tests with French track rider Grégory Baugé, the Mavic product team looks for ways to adapt the track wheels to extract every extra bit of speed. Mavic’s elite track athletes work closely with the product team and the results benefit all the riders and equipment. »

VELL… OH… DROME…


Adding this to my playlist.
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Сергей Копылов


This is one of those videos where I have no idea what they’re saying but I totally love it anyway. The subject is Russian sprinter Sergei Kopylov leading up to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

I know it’s a tad long but the video is a beautiful artifact and well worth watching especially around 11:30 for some cameos by track superstars like Nelson Vails and Michael Hübner. A very awesome time in track cycling history indeed.

Somebody find me the soundtrack!
STELLA McCARTNEY x ADIDAS GB OLYMPIC KIT 

Team GB revealed their 2012 Olympics kit today and it looks swanky!  Stay tuned for details on how to get one of your own — no, you don’t have to be on Team GB, although that wouldn’t hurt.

See more details at Cycling Weekly.
STELLA McCARTNEY x ADIDAS GB OLYMPIC KIT 

Team GB revealed their 2012 Olympics kit today and it looks swanky!  Stay tuned for details on how to get one of your own — no, you don’t have to be on Team GB, although that wouldn’t hurt.

See more details at Cycling Weekly.

STELLA McCARTNEY x ADIDAS GB OLYMPIC KIT


Team GB revealed their 2012 Olympics kit today and it looks swanky! Stay tuned for details on how to get one of your own — no, you don’t have to be on Team GB, although that wouldn’t hurt.

See more details at Cycling Weekly.

CADBURY CREME SPRINT: GOO FOR THE WIN


Totally speechless but this really made my day! Can somebody check with a UCI official if that move in the final sprint is even legal?

Looks like fun? Check out the Cadbury Goo Games on Facebook.


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