In track sprinting, the margins between success and failure are incredibly fine. This appears to be the case with the equipment the riders use, with Matt Crampton’s rear wheel failing at high speed.
In a meeting at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome in Paris, Crampton had just started his 200m flying lap when he felt his rear disc wheel fail.
While it initially caused him to skid, the speed he was going made it impossible to stop safely, with the carbon fibre wheel separating from the rim, sending Crampton crashing to the pine.
He seemed to get back up okay and tweeted that he just needed to ice his scrapes. French newspaper La Gazzette des Sports tweeted some pretty remarkable pictures of just how much the carbon Mavics were destroyed.
While this kind of thing seems to be pretty rare, Crampton and the rest of the Great Britain Cycling Team will be hoping the same won’t happen at the Rio Olympics Games in August.