Date: 17th July 2016
Location: Preston Park Velodrome
Cost: £70.00 each for the session (five events)
Rules: Two riders start side by side and cover three laps, but only the last 200m is timed. Riders need strength and speed as well as tactical awareness as riders will change their speed and position on the track to try and surprise the opponent. Generally the races have a slow start and a game of cat and mouse ensues. The result is based on the best of three races.
Times:Olympic Gold Medal London 2012: 0.11.218 seconds - Anna Meares, Australia.
Sarah: This is always such a fun event to watch on tv, with the tactics and almost stationary starts on near-verticle velodrome walls showing just how skilled the pros are. We got an even better understanding when we did our taster in Manchester velodrome and experienced just how steep the banking is for ourselves. Luckily this outdoor track is far lass daunting with only a couple of steeper corners (which were still pretty gentle!). In our race, we started fairly leisurely, then at our 200m marker, I decided to step on it; trying to use the corner banking to nip up behind Ellie then drop down in front. It was lots of fun, and I would happily do it again and again! The tactics would be different in each race, and I really like the idea of trying to out-smart your opponent.
Ellie: I was completely out-foxed in this sprint which is a little annoying as Sarah was essentially telling me what she was going to do before she did it...