I never quite understood the appeal of track cycling. It seems pointless to whiz around in loops, over and over again whilst trying to cross the finish line first… yawn. The only redeeming feature of track cycling for me, was speed. That was until I gave it a go myself.
Not being one to shy away from a challenge, nor one to condemn something that I’ve never tried, I decided to take my pedalling pins to the track. Having learnt to ride on the trails, my whole cycling life had been spent shredding mountains, attempting stunts, and crashing… a lot. Although at the on-set of 2016, I decided to tip-toe out of my mountainous comfort zone, and venture into other areas of cycling.
Being totally new and novice to track cycling, I decided to head up to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for a crash course with expert coach, Jeff Winstanley, and British Olympic Champion, Elinor Barker, who was racing that evening in the Revolution League.