Coventry is gearing up to host the 2013 British Cycling Cycle Speedway National Finals this Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August, with upwards of 1,000 spectators expected to descend on Hearsall Common, Earlsdon, for the event.
In preparation of staging the 62nd edition of the finals, a mobile grandstand has been put in place overlooking the banked circuit that is home to Coventry Cycle Speedway, and other temporary amenities are also being installed including an LED screen.
The action begins at 12 noon on Sunday with the women’s final, where Leicester’s Lauryn Davies is favourite. In the men’s event, which starts at 3pm, Andy Angell is aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins.
The finals will be filmed by Sky Sports and shown in 32 countries worldwide, according to British Cycling, and there will also be entertainment throughout the day including from the Coventry Festival Band.
Hearsall Common has another connection with speed – it’s where as a youth, local resident Sir Frank Whittle first saw an aircraft land, in 1916. The sight would inspire him to follow a career in aeronautical engineering, and he would later pioneer the jet engine.
More information on Monday’s can be found on the Coventry Cycle Speedway Club website.
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.