'Hot pants' key to Pendleton and Hoy sprint

Victoria Pendleton, London 2012 Olympics, track training, 30 July 2012

With the men's and women's team sprint competitions opening the track cycling at the London 2012 Olympic Games, one peculiar item of clothing will be on show at the Great Britain section of the pits: heated trousers.

The trousers, nicknamed 'hot pants,' will be worn by Team GB's sprint athletes including Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy immediately after their warm-up sessions in a bid to keep their muscles warm and improve their peformance.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.