Alberto Contador made a return racing in the Tour of Benelux in The Netherlands – The Enoco Tour.
You’ve got to hand it to those Poms.
They’ve been threatening to unravel the Aussies at the 2012 Olympics for quite some time. Usually these rants have a way of coming back to bite you on the bum. But not this time.
Jeez have those Poms timed their world domination to perfection.
Thursday 2nd August
Woman’s Team Sprint.
A slow start for the Poms on day 1 at the velodrome.
China’s Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang twice set the world record, in qualifying and in the first round, and finished first in the final in 32.619.
However, officials ruled the takeover between the pair was illegal and Germany, who clocked 32.798, were promoted to gold.
Australia’s Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch put in 32.727 and claimed bronze ahead of Ukraine.
Great Britain’s Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton were penalised for a takeover infringement.
Mens Team Sprint
Britain won the men’s cycling team sprint gold medal , but not without controversy. They were by far the superior team, BUT in the qualifying session, Britain’s first man Philip Hindes crashed after a quarter of a lap in the match against Germany, prompting a re-start .
They played within the rules, but………..was it within the spirit of the olympics? Not in my opinion.
Hindes seemed to have trouble with his front wheel and was about to be passed by team mate Jason Kenny, which would have meant disqualification.
German-born Hindes said afterwards that he had crashed deliberately, before denying it in the post-race news conference.
The British team said his comments had been “lost in translation”, adding that the cyclist, who was cleared to switch nationalities and compete for the hosts in March, had started learning English only in October 2010.
Yep, looks like there was a good reason why he fell off……….
Friday 3rd August
Mens Team Pursuit
GB successfully defended their Olympic team pursuit crown in a new world record time of 3min 51.659sec.
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh broke their own world record to win the Olympic gold medal.
Australia came second in the race while New Zealand earned the bronze medal.
Sunday 5th August
Womens Team Pursuit
GB crushed the United States to win the first ever women’s team pursuit gold
In the bronze medal match Canada beat Australia.
The omnium event, which has made its Olympic debut at the London Games, consists of a series of 6 events.
– Flying lap: a race against the clock.
– Points race (30km for men, 20km for women): riders score points for sprints which occur every 10 laps during the race, and for lapping the field.
– Elimination race: a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps; the last rider each time is eliminated.
– Individual pursuit: (4,000m for men, 3,000m for women): two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock.
– Scratch race: This is a straightforward race over 16km for men and 10km for women. The first rider to cross the line wins.
– Time trial (1km for men, 500m for women): Each competitor rides the course aiming for the fastest time.
In each event the winner gets one point, the second placed rider gets two points, the third three points, and so on. At the end of all six events the rider with the lowest total score is the winner.
The men’s omnium was won by Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen, with Frenchman Bryan Coquard claiming silver and Great Britain’s Edward Clancy taking bronze.
Unfortunately Aussie Glenn OShea, who was in the lead on Sunday, ended up dropping to 5th.
Monday 6th August
Mens Sprint Final
Tuesday 7th August
Anna Anna Anna
The scene had been set, the press on both sides of the world were baying, the trash talk was flying and the pressure was mounting.
Pendelton was aiming for a 3rd sprint gold before she retired, and Anna was looking for her second sprint gold.
Aussie Anna Meares needed only 2 bouts to claim sprint gold over Victoria Pendleton in the best of three.
Pendelton claimed the first bout, however she strayed from the sprinting lane and commissaires awarded the Australian victory.
Meares wstarted in front for the second bout, forced to watch Pendelton. She came to a near halt at the end of the first of three laps, forcing Pendleton to the front. Anna then was able to round Pendleton on the outside , with speed that Pendelton could not respond to.
Meares celebrated before the line by punching the air, pulling her visor off and tossing her helmet in the air.
Being the champion she is, Pendelton paid tribute to Meares, who has been her main adversary throughout her career, and it was perhaps fitting that she bowed out against the Australian.
‘I’m glad that it got to that stage,’ Pendleton said. ‘I think she’s the best rider in the field and it’s the way that it should have been.
‘Everything turned out right with Anna and myself in the final. She’s a fantastic competitor, we’ve met many a time, and I wish her all the best but I’m very glad to be saying that’s the last time I have to go through that”
Also, lets not overlook the Womans Omnium and the Mens Keirin.
GB’s Laura Trott won gold in the omnium, with USA Sarah Hammer taking silver and Aussie Girl Annette Edmonson taking Bronze.
And the mens Keirin – yep. Team GB again.
Well done Chris Hoy, another champion.
The Velodrome design team were chosen following a design competition in 2007.
Shortlisted architects were assessed by a jury which featured leading names from the architectural world and Olympic Champion Chris Hoy. This ensured design excellence would site alongside the best possible facilities for cyclists.
London firm designed the Velodrome, one of five permanent venues on the Olympic Park for the London Olympics.
The hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped steel-framed structure sits on a 360 degree glazed concourse at entry level, with the upper bow clad in Western Red Cedar timber with little apertures to allow for natural ventilation.
Because its concave roof resembles a processed potato chip, Londoners have nicknamed the building The Pringle.
The lightweight, double-curving, cable-net roof structure was designed to reflect the shape of the cycling track.
6,000 seats are located all the way around the track and are split into an upper and lower tier by the glazed concourse.
48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl in which the building sits.
The Velodrome was designed with the aim of creating the world’s fastest cycling track by tailoring the track geometry and setting the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue to create record-breaking conditions.
The track was designed by Ron Webb with direct input from Team GB – the track shape is rounder and optimised for Pursuit racing; an area in which the GB cyclists were expected to shine. The geometry is similar to the Manchester velodrome, so not only is it more suited to events which Team GB are strong at but also will have a familiar feel to the Team GB riders who do all their training at the Manchester velodrome.
The velodrome is a fully indoor arena in order to remove the effects of head winds.
Between 70% – 90% of a cyclist’s barrier to speed is the air resistance as they cut through the wind. Therefore, when designing a record breaking velodrome, this was one of the biggest areas considered. From a scientific perspective, making the air lighter/ thinner allows the body to cut through it more easily. Lighter Hydrogen molecules in water vapour displace heavier Nitrogen molecules normally in air.
The race track area will be maintained at 28 degrees Centigrade with higher humidity content. The velodrome was been designed using CFD (computation fluid dynamics analysis) to efficiently heat and naturally circulate the air significantly beyond the current building regulations and removes the need for air conditioning. However, if you have seats in the upper tier you should be aware that you will literally be in the Hot Seat as the crowd area can get up to 36 degrees!
The building has been designed to be lightweight and efficient to reflect the efficient design of a bicycle.
The Olympic Delivery Authority set a number of challenging sustainability targets for the project; through careful consideration and integration of the architecture, structure and building services the design has met or exceeded these requirements.
The daylighting strategy applied to the main cycling arena exemplifies this approach. Rather than investing in photovoltaic panels on the roof of the or in other ‘bolt-on’ technologies, designing for maximum daylight proved to be a much more economical solution which yielded far greater benefits in terms of reducing carbon emissions.
The use of abundant daylight through strategically positioned rooflights reduces need for artificial lighting, and natural ventilation is achieved through openings in the external timber cladding of the venue.
Heating and ventilation systems were designed to meet cycling environmental requirements, allowing the highest performance by the elite cyclists, whilst maintaining high energy-efficiency.
The main arena is highly-insulated and completely naturally ventilated in mid-season and summer, significantly reducing energy demand. Extensive computational simulation was used to refine the size requirements for air inlets and outlets to achieve the required level of ventilation. These are seamlessly integrated into the building facades and in combination with exposed thermal mass in strategic locations allow passive cooling of the building in the warm season.
Compact design minimises energy consumed to heat the main arena.
Water saving fittings and collection of rainwater for reuse in building are built into design to help reduce water consumption. Lightweight cable-net roof structure weighs 30kg/m2 compared to 65kg/m2 for the Beijing Velodrome, helping create a highly efficient building.
Rainwater is harvested from the roof and stored in the undercroft at the west end of the building behind the berm. Recycled rainwater is used to supply the WC/Urinal flushing and any wash down points, along with irrigation of the Velopark when completed post–Games.
6,000 seat Velodrome – to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling
250m UCI (International Cycling Union) approved indoor track
360 degree Public Concourse for viewing all cycling activities
8 changing rooms
Café and event serveries
Bike hire & retail outlet – families can hire bikes to use the new facilities
Cycle workshop, Gym + physio, and storage for over 300 bikes
Venue will be linked into cycle routes across London, linking the new venue with the whole of the capital
After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create the Lee Valley VeloPark, combining cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.
Information and photographs were extracted from the following sites.
Toy of the Week – POC Tempor
As a first step towards the Roadbike scene, POC has developed the Tempor Time Trial helmet together with Gustav Larsson – Olympic Time Trial Silver Medalist, the POC Lab and aerodynamic specialists at Semcon. With POC´s mission of “doing the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes” the challenge was clear, to develop a helmet that provides the highest possible performance in protection. The result is amazing with superior performance, both when it comes to safety and speed.
The Time Trial Tempor helmet is all about performance, safety, speed and aerodynamics and is designed to provide the cutting edge advantage needed in Time Trial bike races.
Thanks to extensive simulations including advanced aerodynamics and kinetics, the shape has been refined and ultimately adapted to integrate perfectly with the riders position.
POC´s new conceptual approach to optimize aerodynamics and speed was to look at the rider as one body mass, rather than isolating the head from the rest of the body. Simultaneously with this new approach, energy absorbing material has been added where it´s most needed to increase rider’s safety.
The helmet provides the highest possible safety thanks to the appropriate thickness of the liner at exposed areas around the helmet. The ventilation system is optimized with regard to impact absorption without neglecting air flow and aerodynamics. In addition, the fluorescent color increases visibility. The Tempor helmet has overlapping upper and lower shells and includes a detachable visor.
The POC Tempor was seen at the Olympics, worn by the Swedes in London 2012 Olympic women’s time trial.
I’m afraid Emma Johanssom was the fastest Swede some 3:03 minutes behind the winner Kristin Armstrong.
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Photo of the Week – Juan Manuel Fangio