Albertina on the scene at the Track World Cup

This past weekend, the residents of Edredon Towers (otherwise known as Albertina and EdredonBrowny) left the confines of North London and decamped en masse to the frozen and terribly dreich north. We had tickets to every single session of the Glasgow Track World Cup, for which, amazingly, I didn't even have to sell my soul. Every session apart from the daytime one on Friday was totally packed out, so we were possibly lucky. I present some photos for your viewing pleasure.

This was pretty much our first view of the insides of the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which sits on the eastern side of Glasgow, opposite Celtic Park. While not as dramatically large on the inside as Manchester or the Olympic Velodrome, it's a great sight and a wonderful new facility for Scotland.


Another view


On Friday we were near the front in the home straight. I also crawled around on the floor to get some super-close-up piccies of the riders before the men's points race. Here's young Brit Simon Yates, who finished 5th.


Roy Eefting, who later came and sat next to me (I tried not to stare), prepares. He won bronze behind Tristan Marguet of Switzerland and Martyn Irvine of Ireland.


Welshman Jon Mould was 10th


Vivien Brisse prepares for the Omnium Points Race


Unai Elorriaga (BASQUE ALERT!) had a great Omium, coming second in the Points and winning the Elimination in superb style on his way to bronze. The people of Glasgow weren't quite prepared for the level of my aupa-ing I suspect...


Kenny de Ketele and his awful Movember mo. He rode the team pursuit, where Belgium came 3rd, as well as the Omnium and he and his mates were very good value, much cheered for their Gangnam style dance efforts. Six Day boys are crrrazy.


Becky James lines up in the women's sprint, where she won bronze to add to her gold with Jess Varnish in the team sprint.



Robert Forstemann's thighs. He was so impressive and looked like the winner until he came up against young compatriot Stefan Boetticher in the final, losing in two straight rides


Bagpipes! I'm not sure what some of the foreign riders must have made of all this.


The Spanish team pursuiters (Maeztu, Mora, Muntaner and Zuazubiskar) came fourth


Nolan Hoffman looks a bit sleepy, no?


A Kazakh. Pavel Gatskiy I think.


Manuel Cazzaro was Italy's only male endurance rider. No Elia, no lovely Omar Bertazzo, no Ignazio Moser...bah!


Olivier Beer was very impressive for much of the omnium


World Omnium champ Glenn O'Shea could only manage silver here, behind young Lucas Liss from Germany. Remember that name!


Sprint boys! Andrew Taylor


Francesco Ceci


Ready... Taylor, Peter Lewis, Juan Peralta and Ugandan Patrick Lawino prepare for their keirin heat


Jason Kenny looked great until he crashed in the final



Lawino prepares for his sprint qualifying effort


Davide Ceci


Julien Palma


More Italian legs. Sorry.


Laura Trott won the omnium on count back. After winning the elimination race in typically seat-of-the-pants style, she needed the finish two places ahead of Australia's Ashlee Ankudinoff to take gold, which she duly did (just), but not before EdredonBrowny had rendered his voice very brown indeed!


So there you have it. Not a comprehensive record as I wasn't close enough to take pictures of every event. My camera's zoom is problematic and it really can't do moving objects! I can assure you that we had a splendid time. You are welcome to express your jealousy in the comments section. I thank you.

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