As I sit here typing and reflecting on the events of 3 days ago, I still believe I witnessed the greatest sporting spectacle I have ever had the pleasure to attend. I add the caveat that this is events attended, as to most people far more significant sporting triumphs have happened over the years.
Let’s break it all down first though. This was the 5th and final day of the UCI World Track Championships, at the Lee Valley Velodrome, aka the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome. So this was the 2nd largest event in the venues history. The tickets were purchased almost a year ago, the anticipation had been building for some time then! Add in to the mix that this was Mother’s Day here in the UK and with my mum being a big fan of cycling, especially Laura Trott, Bradley Wiggins and Edd Clancy, we knew we should see Laura in action if not the other two.
Early doors and Laura Trott maintained her excellent form to hold a decent lead in the Omnium after 5 events. She then looked nothing other than in control in the final event and took her 2nd rainbow jersey of the week. Sadly her fiancee Jason Kenny hadn’t got the legs in the Keirin final, but making it to the last six and winning the sprint rainbow jersey made it a good day for their household. My mum was happy to have seen one British winner, so it had been a good Mother’s Day treat so far.
The best was yet to come as we had the Madison to come, with Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish lining up for GB. A mammoth 200 laps of pure mayhem on the track, the fastest hour you are likely to see. By halfway the British dream looked just that, a dream, as 4 other countries had gained a lap and had the medals locked down despite the sprint points success for the GB pairing.
It wasn’t until 33 laps from the end that Wiggins hand-sling to Cavendish threw him up the track with a gap over the field to attack. With the Spanish pair assisting it took 16 laps to gain the lap, each one passed with a deafening roar from the crowd. It was a moment of pure joy, a I was there moment. As for my mum, well she said it was the best Mother’s Day ever, with tears of joy.