Words by Chris Marshall-Bell
Scottish sprinter Craig MacLean will ride at the Manchester Keirin later this month.
The 2000 Olympic silver medallist and a gold medal winner at the 2012 Paralympic Games, MacLean will be leading the field in the men’s race on Saturday, June 28, at the Manchester Velodrome.
The keirin will cover eight laps of the velodrome, the first five of which will be paced by a motor bike.
MacLean recently recorded a speed of 142mph on Guy Martin’s speed bike at Rollapaluza and those looking to outsprint him this time include his fellow countrymen Chris Pritchard and John Paul.
World Master’s champion Julie Dominguez and Rachel James top the women’s bill.
There is a men’s race, a women’s race and an ‘all-comers’ race. The second keirin festival takes place on August 2 at London’s Herne Hill.