UCI Track World Cup, Manchester: day one – five observations

Team pursuit stars, new Scottish track queen, and Mancunian crowds all impress in Manchester

Fortress Manchester

A capacity crowd in Manchester roared their heroes to success in the opening round of the 2013/14 Track World Cup (pic: Alex Broadways/SWpix)

Cricket at Lord’s, rugby union at Twickenham, football at Wembley – hallowed venues, with a unique atmosphere whenever England play at home.

Now add cycling in Manchester, as the home of British Cycling lived up to expectations with a fantastic atmosphere to greet the home heroes.

The noise greeting both the men and women’s team pursuit teams was phenomenal, with the PA aptly playing DJ Fresh’s “Louder” just before they took to the track.

And the two teams did not let their adoring fans down, with two gold medals spurred on by the wall of noise following them around the velodrome.

The noise returned the following night too, spurring Katie Archibald to bronze in the individual pursuit and Joanna Rowsell to gold.

London 2012 may be long gone, but the support for British Cycling continues to grow.

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