Cycling superstars return to Lee Valley Velopark for UCI World Cup
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The cycling superstars that lit up 2012 returned to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the weekend for the UCI Track World Cup.
Boasting an impressive roster of talent including Great Britain’s own Olympic champions Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, Joanna Rowsell and Ed Clancy, riders from more than 50 nations and teams took part in the three-day spectacular.
One multiple Olympic gold-medal winner not donning the lycra though was Sir Chris Hoy, who retired in 2013.
Still very much involved with the sport following the launch of his own range of bikes, the ‘Real McCoy’ admitted the excitement of the Velodrome brought the flashbacks flooding back.
“I’ve got a lot of amazing memories of these place, so it’s great to be back here,” he told the Recorder.
“It’s nice to be back with the guys and feed of that excitement once again.
“The atmosphere at an Olympic is always incredible so nothing compares, but even for a World Cup there’s a great turn-out and the crowd are sounding good.
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“If you make a move they really respond to it which is an amazing feeling – it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”
Golden-girl Trott led the British celebrations at the Lee Valley Velodrome, storming to victory in the six-discipline omnium following earlier success in the women’s team pursuit alongside Ciara Horne, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker.
Madison pair Owain Doull and Mark Christian took gold in their thrilling 40-minute maelstrom, while Elinor Barker won bronze in the women’s points race.
Although only managing a seventh-place finish in the keirin final, multiple Olympic and world champion Jason Kenny was pleased to be back in Stratford.
He said: “I’ve been here a couple of times since the Olympics and its an impressive venue in itself, but when you fill up with people it really come alive and the crowd goes mental it’s incredible,” he said.
“It’s the loudest crowd I’ve ever raced in front of, that’s for sure.”