The atmosphere created by the thousands of fans who filled the London 2012 venue was labelled ‘incredible’ by British rider Geraint Thomas, with the Velodrome track hailed as ‘really fast’ by Canadian athlete Tara Whitten and ‘a wonderful track to ride on’ by Britain’s Victoria Pendleton.
The UCI (International Cycling Union) also praised the ‘quality facilities’, ‘excellent arrangements’ and ‘unique atmosphere’ in the venue.
The four-day competition saw 340 riders from 48 nations and 18 trade teams compete in the Velodrome for the first time. The Great Britain team stole the show with two world records for Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King in the women’s Team Pursuit and Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish in the Team Sprint. Joanna Rowsell also won a gold medal in the women’s Pursuit on Saturday before the electrifying atmosphere hit another level when Sir Chris Hoy won his second gold medal on Sunday in the men’s Sprint following his win in the Keirin.
As well as being a World Cup and the penultimate qualifier for London 2012, the event was key in testing London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) operations ahead of the Games. Key testing elements included testing the track, athlete flows in the venue, results and timing systems, sport presentation, as well the 1000-strong workforce and volunteers.
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport said of the event: ‘It was thrilling to see the Velodrome in full-swing with fantastic sport, thousands of spectators and a live TV audience.
'The UCI Track Cycling World Cup has given us a glimpse of the atmosphere and excitement we can expect in the Velodrome this summer.’
The place was alive in there, it was pretty special. We’ve never experienced an atmosphere like that and I am sure the low roof helps.Great Britain's Ed Clancy on the Velodrome