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Track cycling uncovered
Around the Academy:

Track cycling can get pretty hairy at times!

Track cycling is one of the most exciting and maddest sports in the world.

And, believe it or not, it's been on the go for over 100 years!

The beginning of track racing was as far back as the 1880's.

The length of the track has varied since the early days but nowadays all events take place on a one-lap track of 250m.

The majority of tracks are constructed from wood strips.

Britain has one of the best in the world at the Manchester Velodrome, used memorably at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Britain's Chris Hoy bagged gold on the track in Athens
Hoy is one of Britain's top track cyclists

The track is steeply banked at each end - a frightening 42 degrees!

This makes the atmosphere for racing very dramatic as the spectators can be very close to the fast and furious action.

For the newcomer to the sport, or even an experienced spectator, track cycling events can be a bit of a mystery.

So, trust the Academy to come up with a top guide!


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The history
Individual sprint
Track time trial
Individual pursuit
Team pursuit
Olympic sprint
Points race
Madison
Keirin

Did you know?
There are a total of 12 track events at the Olympics - eight men's events and four women's. These can be broadly classified into sprint races and endurance races.



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