©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A view to cycling that adds to the fun
“I have a son racing in Europe right now. Sometimes we do not even know where he is. He works for British Cycling. His girlfriend is amazing. She took up cycling two years ago and rode the London six day and got appearance money and all that. She is so good. It was amazing. Such an experience. The last day was fully sold out. Nice atmosphere.”
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Track racing comes w its pitfalls – and celebrations
“I have been a coach for six or seven years now, I suppose. The history here at Herne Hill makes it special. We have been here since 1892. They had the 1948 Olympics here. Bradley Wiggins started his career here.
“My best memory is when Wiggins rode the Good Friday meeting here along with some other big names. They have a Good Friday meeting they have been holding for just over 100 years now. So, we used to get some really big names then.
“My worst memory was my last race here when I was doing an elimination race and someone in front of me hit the fence and came down. I managed to ride into a gap and avoided him. But he broke his ribs and managed to drive one into his lungs. So I packed it in after that.”
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Heroes change over time as new icons arrive – some closer to home
My background was road excitement as a teen and building a bike, Campagnolo throughout, like the pros had. My hero was Eddy Merckx. Now my heroes are Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, who have both ridden here and ridden here for a long period of time.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Britain’s oldest velodrome has become a hub in the resurgence of track racing in Britain.
A lot of people use Herne Hill because there are only nine tracks left in the country – about four indoor and five outdoor. So, in the southeast of England, there is nothing to to go to really. Brighton was just condemned. South of the river, tracks are very difficult to find. Riders come from a long way away to ride here. We have our own club, Velo Club Londres, and we have a number of champions at different levels and age groups as there are no other tracks for kids, teenagers and adults to ride.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Various cycling programs at Herne Hill means a space for everyone, including ‘old man’ racing.
“I am just an old man on a bike who enjoys a bit of riding. I never raced before but I live around the corner. I am embarrassed that my kids have been on this track more times than I have been. This is my first time on this track. So, an old man on a bike on a Thursday morning is good fun.” Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Sometimes a bike becomes part of a new career.
I am a personal trainer and this is my mode of transport. I used to work in Holborn and it was quicker to cycle than get the tube, and a bit more pleasant. I started doing that and it just continued. It is free, it is healthy, and it is quicker. It’s just a no-brainer in London. Continue reading