UCI Track World Cup: Manchester Velodrome

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.

Sir Chris Hoy. And me!

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.

  1. #1 by Michael on February 21, 2011 - 7:31 am

    That last image is not for the weak.

  2. #2 by Sam on February 21, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    Bloody hell that makes Mike’s road rash look like diaper rash (no offense, Mike). Looks as though it hit the shin bone, too, but I can’t imagine it did.

    Odd lack of blood for such an immense puncture.

  3. #3 by Sera on February 21, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    That’s what I thought! I get why it’s not bleeding – the steak is acting as a plug – but why is the pointy end clean? It’s been right through his leg, surely it should be at least a little bit red?

    Apparently he wasn’t even aware of the wound until after he’d got back on his bike and rode over the line. There’s adrenaline for you.

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