Some impressive times being set in annual hunt for fastest men and women on the rollers

There are just three qualifying rounds in what Rollapaluza terms its “annual hunt for the King of Spin and Queen of Cadence,” and if a video released of the recent heat in Birmingham is anything to go by, the action on the rollers in the 2012 editiof the National Series is as frantic and hard fought as ever.

The rounds in Birmingham, Eastbourne, Leeds and London have been and gone, but with rounds remaining in Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow, it’s not too late to try for a place in the season’s Grand Finale at the Half Moon Pub in London’s Herne Hill on Good Friday, 6 April – the same day, of course, that the venue hosts its traditional Easter track meet.

Setting the pace at the moment among the men is BMX rider Rob Reed (pictured), who it’s fair to say worked up a fair old sweat on his way to setting a time of 19.63 seconds for 500 metres in London. The women’s leaderboard, meanwhile, is led by Rachel Bamford, who clocked 23.9 seconds in the Leeds round.

Full details of the remaining rounds plus qualifiers to date – including those from Birmingham, shown in the video below – can be found on the Rollapaluza website.

Rollapaluza Birmingham 2012 from Matthew Cox FUAE on Vimeo.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.