Olympic and Paralympic track stars set for Good Friday meeting at Herne Hill

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Olympic and Paralympic stars set for Good Friday meeting at Herne Hill

Head to Herne Hill velodrome in south east London this Good Friday if you’re hoping to see some of the world’s best track riders.

Marcel Kalz will be among a quartet of German riders racing at Herne Hill on Good Friday, including Robert Forstemann. Pic: Paul Wright. Used with permission: Spokesmen Ltd

Great Britain’s newly-crowned double world champion, Becky James, will be making an appearance, while a selection of top British and international riders, including Germany’s Robert Forstemann, whose 28-inch thighs are the most famous in cycling, will compete on track.

Paralympic silver medalist, Jon-Allen Butterworth, and Jody Cundy, who won bronze in the Paralympic C4/5 men’s 4 km pursuit, will be among the stars of London 2012 competing.

Andy Tennant, a member of Great Britain’s Olympic men’s team pursuit squad, will race alongside Madison-Genesis team-mate, Dominic Jelfs. The pair are likely to face stiff competition from the Team Raleigh trio of Evan Oliphant, Tom Scully, and Sam Witmitz.

International talent will include a German quartet of six-day riders – Christian Grassman, Marcel Kalz, Leif Lampater, Nico Hesslich – and the Italian, Manuel Cazzaro.

Some 125 riders are slated to compete for the Golden Wheel 20km scratch race, which offers a £1,000 prize to the winner and to the runner up. Defending champion, Germany’s Marcel Kalz, will bid to defend his title.

Gates open at 9.30am and preliminary races start at 10.30am. The finals get underway at 1pm. Racing is expected to finish by 5.30pm.

Cycle jumble stalls, ‘proper coffee’ and hot food are among the other attractions.

Herne Hill Good Friday Meeting

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