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Track Worlds 2016 – Fantastic finale

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on March 6, 2016

After three nights in the velodrome I settled in for the last two days of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships on my TV screen with all the comforts of home. The action was as thrilling as ever, particularly the golds for Jason Kenny (Men’s Individual Sprint) and Laura Trott (Women’s Omnium). However, nothing could quite beat the thrilling finale of the Men’s Madison.

The  Lee Valley VeloPark dressed for the 2016  UCI Track Cycling World Championships

The Lee Valley VeloPark dressed for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

It was simply electrifying to see Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins going for it in the madison with 33 laps to go but even after gaining a lap there was still the drama of Cav going down onto the deck and the continued threat from counter attacks before they could celebrate victory, repeating their world championship win of eight years ago.

To see two of the cycling greats racing together like this on the track, at this stage of their careers, was quite extraordinary and a reminder of an age in which the likes of Mercx were as at home on the track as they were on the road. If it is the last time that these two race together in international competition then that was quite some finale and what a way to finish the world championships!

The level of competition has been extremely high and the margins increasingly close. The Great Britain team may not be the all conquering force that they once were, but despite a slightly shaky start they have finished on a high with nine medals (five gold, one silver and three bronze) which seems an encouraging haul five months out from the Rio Olympics.

Overall, I’d have to say that the TV cameras have done a pretty good job of covering the racing over the past five days. Even if you can sometimes hear the crowd reacting to a move on track some time before the cameras have picked up on it, this has been more than compensated for by the excellent commentary and insight provided by the BBC Sport team. It’s always going to be better in person if there’s any possibility of that, though I am definetly armchair bound for Rio!

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