Words: Thomas Dodd
The Good Friday Meeting, first run in 1903, returns to the Lee Valley Olympic Velodrome this Friday (March 25) for the third successive year, once again giving the opportunity for amateur cyclists to race against their professional counterparts.
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The event, which has in the past attracted some of the biggest names from the world of track and road cycling such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jody Cundy, will once again showcase a vast wealth of young British talent as well as a few up and coming international stars.
Among those competing will be Lewis Oliva and Matt Rotherham, both of who performed strongly at last year’s event.
Oliva placed second in the Open International Sprint and Kierin while Rotherham scored top ten finishes in both the Super Elimination and Golden wheel scratch races.
2015 Bath Junior Road Race winner Tom Chandler will also race this Friday in a field that will also include 15-year-old Jacob Vaughan, who enjoyed recent success in Belgium for his team VC Londres.
The international contingent will be led by Germany and Italy. Christian Grassman will aim to go one better than his runner-up finish in last year’s Super Points Race and compatriot Hans Pirius arrives for his debut at the Good Friday Meeting off the back of two wins in Germany in 2015.
The 24-year-old was victorious in 2015 Rheinbach-Rheinbach as well as the Größ Dolln 110km road race.
Friday’s action gets underway at 12.30, and action on the track will run all afternoon until about 6pm.
Prices for general admission tickets, which are still available, start at £15, and will allow spectators to watch a whole day of racing.
For more information visit the Good Friday Meeting website.