At 142 metres long and 47 degree banking it is little wonder there were a few butterflies as we picked out bikes and donned appropriate apparel. Fixed wheel, no brakes and cycling as fast as you can; what could possibly go wrong?!
Our instructor eased us in gently with some flat riding to get used to the equipment, followed by a few circuits of the lower banking. Within an hour or so we were clearly up to Chris Hoy’s standard and therefore the stopwatch was reset and timed laps begun.
Despite the apprehension, thankfully (& almost amazingly) no-one felt the need to become closer acquainted with the velodrome’s surface; a few wobbles, veers up to the upper limits and nervous twitches being the closest anyone came.
A big ‘thank-you’ to Collette for organising such an enjoyable and unique afternoon of track cycling - a great experience and one everyone should try.