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Team pursuit
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The German team power to team pursuit gold at the 2000 Sydney games

Two four-man teams start on opposite sides of the track and race over 4000m.

The object of the race is to attempt to catch your opponents or complete the ride in the fastest time.

Each rider takes it in turn to lead for half a lap, although stronger riders sometimes do full laps.

The finishing times are taken as the third rider crosses the line so a team can afford to lose one rider during the race.

Which is a distinct possibility considering the speeds the teams can reach - close to 60km/h!

The members of a pursuit team must be able to ride with excellent team skills.

And each rider must be concentrating fully at all times - because with the best team formations there is only a few centimetres between the wheels.

So a high-speed pile-up is only ever a few centimetres or a tiny lapse in concentration away!

Pretty scary, huh?

As if that wasn't enough, huge stamina levels and a smooth-riding style are also very important.


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

Did you know?
In the team pursuit final in Sydney the winning German team broke the four-minute barrier for the first time in history.



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