Sir Bradley Wiggins took part in the slowest race on the Revolution Series schedule at the weekend - the Longest Lap - but may need to work on his trackstand
Wiggins lined up for the Longest Lap race – also known as the Marymoor Crawl – where riders must slowly ride around the velodrome boards for a lap and then trackstand for an undetermined period of time.
A start pistol is then fired and any riders who have not wobbled over the line, fallen off or given up have to sprint as fast as they can around a final lap of the track. First home wins.
As you can see from the footage, it appears as though Wiggins may need to work on his trackstand technique as he slowly rides up to the line, rolls over it and then raises his arm in mock celebration, much to the crowd’s delight.
Riding slowly around a track is an alien concept to UCI Hour Record holder Wiggins, whose Olympic medals and world titles have all been won by going as fast as possible.
In the event, Wiggins placed 16th out of the 22 starters in the event, which included Elia Viviani, Iljo Keisse and Adam Blythe. Chris Latham took the honours ahead of Reece Wood.
Wiggins is next in action at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, from October 30 to November 1. He was part of GB’s European Championship winning team pursuit line-up earlier in October.
Wiggins is hoping to claim one last Olympic medal in the Rio 2016 Games, where he is aiming to be part of Great Britain’s team pursuit squad. He is probably thankful that the Longest Lap is not part of the Olympic programme.