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We might have to think a little bit more carefully about who focuses on what in what respect.

David Brailsford, Great Britain’s team performance director referring to the 2012 London Olympics.

The governing body on world cycling events, Union Cycliste Internationale, just announced a change to the Olympic track cycling program that will effect multiple-medal winning nations like Great Britain. Each competing country will only be allowed to enter one athlete in the men’s and women’s Sprint, Keirin and Omnium.


Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny won Gold and Silver in the Sprint in 2008.

This greatly affects Great Britain’s approach to the Olympics seeing as how they were able to score Gold and Silver medals in the sprint and Keirin during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

This will also affect the entire competition. Now that the top sprinting countries will not be able to send in their second-fastest guys, the slower countries will be able to take those qualification spots. The actual tournament will have a much wider spread in talent. It will no longer be a competition between the greatest athletes in the world but it will be a more diverse show-up of national champions.

Does that fall in line with the “spirit of the Olympics”? I’m not sure.

But I do know that this latest change in the program is kind of a nail in the coffin for the Olympic track cycling program. Five months ago, UCI announced they were eliminating the Individual Pursuit, Points Race and Madison and now this. I’m not writing off the Olympics entirely but I think it’s now official that the UCI Track World Championships is the much more relevant contest.

Read about the new change on Cycling Weekly.

Theo Bos destroying the Keirin field at the 2006 World Championships.

Yesterday, I blogged about Theo’s comments on leaving the track behind. Well this video is one reason why he will be missed. Who else is going to make amazing wins like this one?

Interview With World Champion Cam Meyer



Pez Cycling News has just posted an interview with Cameron Meyer (AUS), winner of three World Titles during the UCI World Championships last month.

During the 5-day event Meyer defended his world title in the Points Race by lapping the field twice, he earned Australia its first world title in the Madison with Leigh Howard and he was thrown into the team to ride to a dramatic victory in the Team Pursuit (see the video below). What a beast!

1990 World Championships at Maebashi Velodrome, Japan - The Match Sprint final between Michael Huebner (GER) and Claudio Golinelli (ITA).

This is probably my favorite sprint match video. It just hypes me up for whatever kind of riding I end up doing this weekend.

i am back…and i am pissed. there is a fire inside of me now

— Shelley Evans, USA team rider whose BMC Track Machine snapped in half from a crash during the women’s scratch race at the UCI World Championships.

She also lost some teeth. I’d be pissed too.

Found on Hellyer’s Twitter.

Sarah Hammer’s Felt TK1 that she used to bring home a world title in the women’s individual pursuit last week at UCI World Championships.  Featured on VeloNews.
Sarah Hammer’s Felt TK1 that she used to bring home a world title in the women’s individual pursuit last week at UCI World Championships.  Featured on VeloNews.

Sarah Hammer’s Felt TK1 that she used to bring home a world title in the women’s individual pursuit last week at UCI World Championships. Featured on VeloNews.

From UCI’s Track World Championships in Copenhagen last week.

Sir Chris Hoy (GBR) vs. Robert Förstemann (GER) in the Match Sprint 1/8 Finals.

Now that’s a ballsy attack!


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