- We went to the Olympic Velodrome last weekend, to watch Day 3 of the official test event - the Track Cycling World Cup.
- We got to the Velodrome at 8am and left at 4:30pm. It was so exciting I could have happily stayed there for twice as long.
- The commentator was delightfully partisan:
|G and C - still cheering on Team GB after eight hours in the velodrome|
- Everybody screamed, shouted and stamped their feet when the commentator said that.
- By the end of the day I had lost my voice.
- Velodromes are heated to 28 degrees C on race days to give optimum speed to the riders.
- Watching all the countries' support teams in the pens in the centre of the track proved almost as entertaining as the races. The Dutch had at least 4 technicians per rider and had brought their own coffee machine into the pens - very classy.
- The thighs on the Greek male cyclists were of absolutely epic proportions.
- One of my tweets made it up onto the big screen in the stadium. My 12 year old said patronisingly that he was most impressed that I knew how to tweet from my phone.
- The track has a resident joiner, who was ushered out onto the track, clutching his toolkit, to inspect the wood and make necessary repairs each time there was a crash.
|Bottoms and bikes - lining up to start the keirin. Can you spot Chris Hoy?|
|The countries' pens in the middle of the track|
This coming weekend we are heading back to the Olympic Park to watch Tom Daly in action in the Aquatics Centre test event, the Diving World Cup. Tickets will be going on sale soon for more Olympic test events - you can find details here.