There’s some seriously entertaining racing going on at the Track World Cup, which is coming to a close today. I wish I could have made it up to Manchester to catch some of this racing, but alas I’m watching it on the telly, from the comfort of the couch instead. It’s quite a buzz to see so many top Team GB cyclists performing on a world stage at a Velodrome I’ve spent many evenings at. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of the GB squad and indeed interview some of them for various projects, and I can’t help feeling extreamly patriotic towards our star British cyclists.
Yesterday Chris Hoy (below) again won the Men’s Keirin final, pulling ahead by a few bike lengths with a lap and a half to go. But the real drama unfolded behind him, where all 5 other riders crashed heavily, and the race was on for silver and bronze – the bruised and battered riders limping over the finish line, with their bikes.
New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins shuffled over the line in second, before collapsing. A medic asks him “Where do you hurt?” and feared Dawkins had head trauma as he answered “I’m from New Zealand”. The medic asks again “No, where do you hurt?” he answers “I heard you mate. I’m from New Zealand. We don’t feel pain”
But without a doubt the gutsiest show of strength had to be from Azizulhasni Awang from Malasia, who got back on his bike and rolled across the line for the bronze medal, having sustained about the most horrific track injury I’ve ever seen – a ‘splinter’ of wood (more like a steak) from the track impaled his left leg, straight through his calf.
Holy crap, that looks painful. This happened yesterday, and apparently they left it in overnight so they could remove it in surgery today. Mmm let’s have a closer look…
Yep, that’s just nasty.
Update on the crash and Awang’s condition:
Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing Vicky Pendleton pull her finger out in 4 weeks time for the Track Championship in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.