Track Cycling in Motion

13 Aug

To get a bird’s eye view of the track cycling sport. It’s important to see it in action rather than view it in pictures. Track cycling itself has several disciplines.

Sprint: The sprint or match sprint is a track cycling event usually involving 2 riders who start next to each other.

Track time trial: cyclists compete individually against the clock to record the fastest time over the specified distance from a standing start

Keirin: is a track cycling event in which racing cyclists sprint for victory. Riders draw lots to determine starting positions and start as the pacer (which could be a motorcycle, a derny, or a tandem bicycle, for example) approaches. The riders are required to remain behind the pacer, which starts at the deliberately slow speed of about 25 km/h, gradually increasing in speed and leaves the track approximately 600–700 meters before the end, at a speed of about 50 km/h. The first cyclist to finish the race is the winner (sometimes finishing at 70 km/h). Keirin races are about 2 kilometers in length (eight laps on a 250m track, six laps on a 333m track, and five laps on a 400m track).

Team Sprint: two teams race against each other, starting on opposite sides of the track. At the end of the first lap, the leading rider in each team pulls up the banking leaving the second rider to lead for the next lap; at the end of the second lap, the second rider does the same, leaving the third rider to complete the last lap on his own. The team with the fastest time is the winner.

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