New Year’s Day cyclocross race at Herne Hill Velodrome

Happy New Year, everybody!

To celebrate 2013, GLUE decided to check out the New Year’s Day Madison cyclocross race at Herne Hill Velodrome in south London. The race was promoted by Velo Club Londres (VCL), a cycle racing club based in southeast London.

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The afternoon race was advertised as: “Fun Go-Race. Perfect for beginners, those with a hangover and more serious racers. Race relay in teams of two.”

And fun it was. The competing riders were from various age categories, from 10-12 year-old to veterans. It was great to enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

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The ground was a bit soft because of the previous day’s rain, so it wasn’t long before it turned muddy and the bikes started sinking into the track. Fortunately, it was a sunny day and the riders rose to the challenge.

The winning champions, Mick Bell and Dan Tulett, completed 11 laps in 1hr 1min 8secs.

Check the complete results on UK Cycle Sport website here.

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Herne Hill Velodrome has an impressive and long history. The 1948 Olympic Games cycling race was held here. It is also where Bradley Wiggins first started his cycle racing career at the age of 12.

For first-time visitors, the venue is inconspicuous because it is tucked away in a residential area. The facilities are pretty old and need upgrading. It is a far cry from the London Velopark, which hosted the London 2012 cycling races.

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Herne Hill Velodrome is important because it is the spiritual home of UK track cycling. The venue is accessible to the public and still actively serves the community at grass-roots level.

Most of its staff are volunteers, and it needs all the support it can get to keep going. Please read more about how to support Herne Hill Velodrome here.

We had a great day out. It was well worth the trip. We will definitely check out future races here again.

GLUE RATINGS: ★★★★

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