9 Gold Medals!!
By tdw on Mar 31, 2008
If you didn't catch this on the BBC, you missed a rare treat. This was cycling at its most exciting - not just because of the successes of the British athletes (although that helped), but because of the support from the enthusiastic crowd at the Manchester Velodrome, the excellent commentary from Hugh Porter and Gary Sutton, and the fast (and often furious) racing.
I think the highlight for me was the men's Madison, in which Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins not only showed what it takes to be true champions when the chips are down, but in their modesty about their achievment afterwards. This was a stunning race which had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
Watching the events that the British team were not so successful in, you can see that there is talent developing there, and I'm sure that we will be in for a real treat at the Olympics later in the year. Whilst the press will surely focus on the Gold medal performances and the high profile riders, it is great to see that we also have younger cyclists such as Steven Burke (in the Omnium) coming up through the ranks and getting personal bests throughout the competition.
Congratulations to all of the athletes and team support staff taking part in this event for making it so memorable!
Finally, thanks to the BBC for their excellent coverage. As I've already mentioned, the racing commentary was excellent, but the background and interviews by Jill Douglas with help from Jamie Staff were also top quality. Great work Beeb!