I know there are cobbled races going on, but there's still some spectacular track racing to be watched! The qualifying rounds of the men's sprint and the last three rounds of the men's omnium, and the women's sprint and points race, and the first three rounds of the women' omnium - and if yesterday's men's elimination race wasn't enough, the women ride that today.... and generally ride with tactics that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Exhilarating!
As always, here's today's information, and videos from yesterday's racing. And, as ever, if you're new to track, or to the Café, please come and chat with the track regulars in the comments - we'd love your company, and sincerely enjoy answering any questions you may have!
What's on today?
Here are the wikipedia entries for today's races - Sprint (lots of tactical/psychological skills needed, and super-fast speed); Points race (complicated endurance bunch racing) and the omnium - flying lap is 1 lap of the track, Points and Scratch are bunch races, the Kilo and Individual Pursuit are simple time trials against the clock and the Elimination is AMAZING!!!
The timings are complicated today, and were all out of Day 2 anyway, so here's the timetable. Belarus is 2 hours ahead of Central European Time, +3 ahead of GMT, +8 ahead of USA Eastern, +11 ahead of USA Pacific and 8 hours behind Sydney, Australia - so the morning session starts at 1pm Belarus/11:00 CET/10am GMT/5am USA EST and 2am USA PST.
The evening session is streamed live on the UCI's youtube - except it might not be in your country, it's complicated. If it's not streamed, it SHOULD be shown on tv where you are - check out the tv guide - if not, ask people in the comments for suggestions of how to watch. The evening racing starts at at 19:00 Belarus - 17:00 CET/4pm GMT/11am USA EST and 8am USA PST.
I was going to paste all the hundreds of videos from Day 2 in, but really, there are loads of them. Browse around the UCI youtube account to have a look - there are races, medal ceremonies, interviews and more - and anything else you need to know, just ask!