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Revolution Cycling Champions League Final at Lee Valley VeloPark –  2nd December to 3rd December 2016

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The Revolution Champions League will see the champions of the track go head to head with the world’s best road teams to decide the ultimate cycling champions. The top teams from the UK Championship will qualify to race against eight for the leading World Tour professional teams including Team Sky. 

Laura Kenny (née Trott) will race for the first time since she won two gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in August. She will return to the Lee Valley Velopark in London to race for her professional team, Matrix Fitness RT at the Grand Final of the Revolution Cycling Champions League. A return to the velodrome where she won two of her gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

If you would like more information or book tickets , visit the Event website here

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The UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Lee Valley VeloPark from 2nd to 6th March 2016

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With the Olympic Games in Rio on the horizon, there will be a great deal of interest in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark from the 2nd to 6th March 2016. Visitors to the iconic velodrome will see how well the Great Britain’s track stars will race against the world’s best for the coveted rainbow jerseys.

Keen to replicate their Olympic glory, the British Cycling team have confirmed the team of 21 riders who will represent Great Britain. Fresh from his victory on the road in the Tour of Qatar, Mark Cavendish will return to the boards to compete in the omnium event. He will also pair up with fellow track stalwart Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Madison – an event the pairing won at the last home worlds in Manchester 2008.

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Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes will return to the site of their 2012 Olympic successes.

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Programme

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Session 1: 1:00pm

Men’s team pursuit (qualifying)

Women’s individual pursuit (qualifying)

Men’s team sprint (qualifying)

Women’s team sprint (qualifying)

Session 2: 6:30pm

Men’s scratch race (final, medal ceremony)

Women’s individual pursuit (finals, medal ceremony)

Men’s team sprint (finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s team sprint (finals, medal ceremony)

Thursday 3 March 2016

Session 3: 1:00pm

Women’s team pursuit (qualifying)

Women’s keirin (round 1, repechage)

Men’s kilometre time trial (final, medal ceremony)

Men’s team pursuit (round 1)

Session 4: 7pm

Women’s keirin (round 2, finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s scratch (final, medal ceremony)

Men’s team pursuit (finals, medal ceremony)

Friday 4 March 2016

Session 5: 9:00am

Men’s sprint (qualifying, 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals and 1/8 finals repechage)

Men’s omnium (scratch)

Men’s individual pursuit qualifying

Session 6: 2:30pm

Women’s 500m time trial (finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s team pursuit (round 1)

Men’s omnium (pursuit)

Session 7: 7pm

Men’s points race (final, medal ceremony)

Men’s individual pursuit (finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s team pursuit (finals, medal ceremony)

Men’s omnium (elimination)

Saturday 5 March 2016

Session 8: 10am

Women’s sprint (qualifying, 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals and 1/8 finals repechage)

Women’s omnium (scratch)

Men’s omnium (kilometre time trial)

Session 9: 2:45pm

Men’s sprint (quarter-finals, 5-8 places)

Men’s omnium (flying lap)

Women’s omnium (pursuit)

Session 10: 7pm

Men’s sprint (semi-finals, finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s points race (final, medal ceremony)

Men’s omnium (points race, medal ceremony)

Women’s omnium (elimination)

Sunday 6 March 2016

Session 11: 10am

Women’s sprint (quarter-finals, 5-8 places)

Men’s keirin (round 1, repechage)Women’s omnium (500m time trial, flying lap)

Session 12: 2pm

Women’s sprint (semi-finals, finals, medal ceremony)

Men’s keirin (round 2, finals, medal ceremony)

Women’s (omnium points, medal ceremony)

Men’s Madison (final, medal ceremony)

For more information or book tickets, visit the event website here

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Cycling : Six Day Racing at Lee Valley VeloPark – 18th to 23rd October 2015

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Come and witness the world’s best riders competing in the Velodrome against a backdrop of electric entertainment as Six Day returns to London for the first time since 1980!
Six day London offers an elite track cycling competition with a modern twist as spectators can enjoy a unique, party-like atmosphere, providing great music and entertainment as a backdrop to the drama on the track!
With 6 consecutive evenings of racing at the Lee Valley Velopark, Six Day London is Track Cycling as you’ve never seen it before.

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The best riders in the world testing their speed, stamina and skill as they compete in teams of two across multiple disciplines on the track regarded as the fastest on the planet. Each night has more than 10 individual races, including disciplines such as the madison, elimination races and a variety of sprint formats. The action comes thick and fast and is framed by music, lights and electric entertainment, creating an incredible party atmosphere that you will not want to miss.

London was the city that invented Six Day Racing,in 1878, English cycling champion David Stanton  claimed he could ride 1,000 miles over the course of 6 successive days. The Sporting Life newspaper offered purse of £100 and at London’s Agricultural Hall in Islington, Stanton easily won the bet, covering the distance in less than 5 days. The publicity surrounding Stanton’s feat and size of the purse led to a six day race being organized at the same venue for a mass field. This time £150 was offered in total prize money with £100 going to the victor. 12 men entered and after 6 days and nights of riding the Yorkshireman, Bill Cann walked away the winner of the world’s very first Six Day Race.

Six Day racing may have began in England but became very popular in America in the 1890’s with adaption of the two-man format.The most celebrated venue battles was New York’s Madison Square Garden where the Madison event was born.

In pre-war Europe the success of American Six Day Racing led to races on the continent especially in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and France. After the Second World War, Six Day events reappeared attracting the top cyclists who competed for large amounts of prize money. Although the sport declined in the 1980s and 1990s,many Six Day races being relaunched at the start of the 21st century. Britain’s recent love of cycling has seen the spectacular relaunch of the Six Day London in 2015 which will mark 137 years of the sport in this country.

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The best riders in the world testing their speed, stamina and skill as they compete in teams of two across multiple disciplines on the track regarded as the fastest on the planet. Each night has more than 10 individual races, including disciplines such as the madison, elimination races and a variety of sprint formats. The action comes thick and fast and is framed by music, lights and electric entertainment, creating an incredible party atmosphere that you will not want to miss.
A Six Day race is an elite track cycling competition featuring some of the world’s best professional riders. Six Day events also offer a unique, party like atmosphere, providing great music and entertainment as a backdrop to the drama on the track.

The Competition

Teams of two riders fight tooth and nail over six consecutive evenings.
Each evening, there are multiple races across a variety of sprint and endurance disciplines.
In some disciplines it is possible for teams to lap the field. This is known as ‘taking a lap’. Taking laps lifts a team up the overall standings.
As well as trying to take laps, teams also race to accumulate points in each discipline. These are vital to establish the overall lead, known as the ‘general classification’.
The team that has taken the most laps on the rest of the field will lead the general classification, but should teams find themselves on the same number of laps then the number of points will decide who wins.

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Types of Races

Madison
The Madison is the backbone of Six Day Racing and can feature twice during each evening session. Riding in pairs, each team member takes turns to race at high speed until he brings his teammate into the action by means of a ‘hand-sling,’ a skill originally developed in the early days of Six Day racing.

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Elimination Race

Unlike every other discipline in Six Day, in the Elimination race the action is all at the back of the race. After a short warm-up, every two laps the last rider over the line is eliminated until only two teams remain. Once the final two teams remain, an exciting cat and mouse sprint ensues to take maximum points.

Derny Race

In the Derny race, a single rider from the top eight teams lines up behind a motor-pacer piloting a specially designed moped or ‘derny’ for a straight race to the line.

Team Time Trial

For the Team Time Trial, all out speed and the perfect hand-sling are the ingredients necessary for success against the clock over two-laps. Each team takes to the track alone.

Super Sprint

The Super Sprint resembles the Elimination Race. Teams have to be smart to stay close to the front as the last riders are removed from the race on Elimination laps. Unlike the Elimination Race though, six teams remain to fight it out in the ‘Super Sprint’ to the line for full points.

The Stayer

This event is similar to the Derny but is even faster, using specialized track bikes and far larger capacity pacing motorcycles. The pacers stand up to block more of the wind, and the riders bikes have a smaller front wheel to allow them to bend down more to improve their slipstream effect.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Six Day website here

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Great Newham London Run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 19th July 2015

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Taking place in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,the 10K event is part of an exciting day of running in London. With the return of the Morrisons Great Family Run  and the brand new Morrisons Great Newham London Run 4 x 1/4 Marathon Team Relay, Sunday 19 July is a day not to be missed for runners. All runners in the 10k will get the chance to have their very own Olympic moment as they finish inside the Stadium and cross the famous finish line and running track, which saw Olympic greats Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah race across in 2012. The course will also take in the sights of Lee Valley VeloPark, the London Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box Arena. The weekend also includes the Great Newham London Swim on Saturday 18 July at the Royal Victoria Dock.
Starting  near the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the 10k course makes its way past the London Aquatics Centre before looping back round behind the Stadium towards the Copper Box Arena. At the 7k mark runners will cross over the River Lea towards Lee Valley VeloPark. At this point there’s only a few kilometres left before heading back into the Stadium where the finish line sits on the running track.

‘Super Sunday’ will be created as we see thousands of runners cross the finish line on the running track inside the Stadium to and applause and support given by runners’ friends and family in the arena seats.

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Review : UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Lee Valley VeloPark – 5th to 7th December 2014

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Returning to the scene of their domination in 2012 Olympics , the British Cycling team face tough competition at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Lee Valley VeloPark .

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With the memories of those glory days still fresh, many British fans will be returning to the iconic velodrome to support their team. However the event features the world’s greatest track cyclists who will have their own supporters in the stands. German stars Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte will join Australia’s Anna Meares and Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen as rival Olympic champions returning to Lee Valley.

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Being almost mid way in the Olympic Games cycle, teams will be assessing their chances of doing well in Rio. In recent Championships and World Cups, British dominance has been challenged as the team tries to replace the likes of Sir Christopher Hoy and  Victoria Pendleton.

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London has been at the centre of a cycling boom this summer with the Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Ride London taking over the streets. Now the world’s best cyclists take to the track in one of the best velodrome’s in the world.

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If you would like the watch the event, the cycling takes place over the next three days, there are two sessions a day which will provide plenty of thrills and spills.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For further information or to buy tickets visit the UCI Track Cycling World Cup website here

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UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Lee Valley VeloPark – 5 to 7th December 2014

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World class Cycling returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London from 5-7 December.

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Round two of World Cup takes place at the Lee Valley VeloPark, host venue for London 2012, pitched against a very talented International field full of Olympic and world Champions, a strong Great Britain team will be fielded for the event including Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Steve Burke, Ed Clancy, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott who are all set to return to the venue where they were crowned Olympic champions.

The British Team

Men’s sprint
Matt Crampton
Phil Hindes
Jason Kenny
Callum Skinner

Women’s sprint
Danni Khan
Jess Varnish
Vicky Williamson

Men’s endurance
Steve Burke
Mark Christian
Ed Clancy
Jon Dibben
Owain Doull
Andy Tennant

Women’s endurance
Katie Archibald
Elinor Barker
Ciara Horne
Joanna Rowsell
Laura Trott

If you would like to find out more about the event and buy tickets, visit the Cycling World Cup website here

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A Short Guide to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

On Saturday 5 April 2014 , the Park opened to the public for the first time, however we decided to wait for a few weeks to consider  London’s newest large Park.
Unlike many of London’s parks, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is dominated by the stadiums and the 114.5m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit which form part of the legacy  of the 2012 Olympics.

If you walking into the park from Stratford and the Westfield Shopping centre, the first Arena is the Aquatics centre which is now open to the public.

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Walking past the Aquatic Centre, the true scale of the Orbit is gradually exposed, at 114.5m tall  with two spacious viewing platforms at 76 and 80 metres high, visitors can see over 20 miles across London and newly installed interactive technology that will enable guests to get close up to the wonderful views.

Tickets are already on sale – children £7, adults £15, family of four £40 (two adults and two children).  DSCN1877

However away from the impressive buildings is the landscaped gardens that provide areas of peace and quiet around the site.

When fully open the 560 acre site will include 4000 new trees, 6.5 km of waterways, 15 acres of woods, hedgerows, wildlife habitats.

Whilst still considering that the Park is work in progress, there is still more than enough to offer a taste of the finished article.

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One of the highlights of the park is the waterways that wind their way all through the park.

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There is plenty of child based facilities including an adventure playground  and a climbing wall.

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Over the next few months and the next few years there are a high number of high profile events  at the various arena’s and the park will certainly be a pleasant place to visit. But the opening of the Lea Valley Velo Park will take the park onto a different level for facilities.

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Lee Valley VeloPark is the first place in the world where you can take part in Track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking in one place.

Centred on the iconic, award-winning, 6,000-seat velodrome, , Lee Valley VeloPark also has a brand new one-mile, floodlit road cycle circuit, the remodelled and floodlit Olympic BMX track and 8km of mountain bike trails.

 For many London visitors, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will eventually become a must visit, but there is more than enough to interest anyone who wishes to see one of the London’s newest attractions in its infancy.

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For more information, visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website here

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