Tokyo 2020 Cycling Venues Approved By IOC

Tokyo, Dec 9, 2015 (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the venues for the cycling events at the 2020 Olympics, Japanese organizers said on Wednesday. All sporting venues for the Tokyo Games have now been allocated, officials added, with the exception of football, the venues for which are expected to be announced following next year's Rio Olympics. A planned … [Read more...]

Rohan Dennis To Tackle The One Hour Record this Sunday

Granges, Switzerland, Feb 6, 2015 (AFP) - Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis will make an assault on the world one hour record at the Granges velodrome on Sunday. Dennis, 24 and winner of the recent Tour Down Under, will be aiming to overhaul the 51.852 kilometres covered in 60 minutes last October by Matthias Brändle of Austria, also in Switzerland, at Aigle. Brandle beat the … [Read more...]

Jens Voigt Breaks Cycling’s Iconic Hour Record At 51.115K

PARIS, Sept 18, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's Jens Voigt on Thursday lowered cycling's hour record, covering 51.115 kilometres at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. Voigt, who turned 43 on Wednesday, bettered by 1,415 metres the previous mark of 49.700km set by Ondrej Sosenka of the Czech Republic in 2005 in Moscow. Prior to Sosenka, the record was held by British Olympic champion Chris … [Read more...]

Ride The Black Line: Why Track Racing Appeals To Everyone

by Zachary Rynew There are very few things that remain like they once were. Movies are still made replacing actors with 3D animation. Shopping malls get updated to look like the latest thing. Even sports seems to have been corporatized at every level. When I watch the Karate Kid (the one with Karate), I always sigh to think about how things were. I was approaching teenager status when … [Read more...]

Russians Plan Tour of Russia With A Red Square Finish

by Alexandre FEDORETS MOSCOW, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) - Russia is planning a world-class velodrome on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and hopes to create a Tour of Russia with a Red Square finish to promote the sport, its cycling federation chief said on Wednesday. The head of Russia's cycling body, Igor Makarov, told reporters that the federation's plans to renovate the country's … [Read more...]

Hoy’s Joy At New Glasgow Velodrome

GLASGOW, Oct 4, 2012 (AFP) - Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's multiple Olympic track cycling champion, on Wednesday cycled the first lap of the 2014 Commonwealth Games velodrome in Glasgow which bears his name. The venue officially opens on Friday but Scotsman Hoy, Britain's most successful Olympian with six golds to his name, was allowed in early to try out the track. "It's amazing to be … [Read more...]

2012 USA Olympic Track Long Team Announced

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dec, 15, 2011) — USA Cycling announced Thursday the 19 athletes in the discipline of track cycling who are eligible to be nominated to represent the United States of America at the 2012 Olympic Games. As part of its Olympic Team nomination process, USA Cycling names a Long Team of eligible athletes in the discipline of track cycling. This will serve as a pool of … [Read more...]

China’s Liu Wins Women’s Points Gold

GUANGZHOU, China - China's Liu Xin stormed to the women's points race gold medal on Tuesday, with Hong Kong's Wong Wan-Yiu taking silver and Chanpeng Nontasin, of Thailand, winning bronze. In an incident-packed race that included a major pile-up that saw several racers tumble over and at least one carried off on a stretcher, Liu emerged from the chaos with a winning 34 points. Wong … [Read more...]

Malaysia’s Ng Ends Aussie Dominance With Keirin Gold

NEW DELHI, Oct 6, 2010 (AFP) - Malaysian rider Josiah Ng ended Australia's dominance in the Commonwealth Games velodrome on Wednesday, taking gold in the men's keirin after his compatriot Azizulhasni Awang was disqualified. Awang powered through a tight gap to take the race in the home straight from Ng, who finished second ahead of England's David Daniell. But officials announced after … [Read more...]

A Tri To The Track

The other day I let a friend of mine convince me to race a sprint triathlon on the same day I was going to attempt to revive my track career from 25 years ago. And in full disclosure my abilities on the track got me no more that a few races were I was not DFL (dead last). I have raced triathlon along side my road bike for the 25 years that I was away from the track. On the bike I have … [Read more...]