Marginal gains at the velodrome, it seems, are now being rolled out beyond the cyclists racing and to the fans watching them - spectators at the UCI Track World Championships which started in London today benefiting from an innovation allowing them to carry more beer back to their seats than ever before.
Our curiosity was piqued this morning by a tweet from Lee Valley VeloPark this morning that promised its new stackable cups would make life easier for fans fond of a beer or three, but it wasn’t clear how it worked.
— Lee Valley VeloPark (@LeeValleyVP) March 2, 2016
Luckily, road.cc’s Laura Laker was on the spot and with the help of Aussie fans Narryn from Aldinga Beach and Danielle from Munno Pava West, who have travelled from South Australia to support their best friend Stephanie Morton, we’ve got pictures to show how the cups work, using interlocking handles.
Morton was gold medallist in the individual sprint at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, defeating her compatriot Anna Meares, the reigning Olympic champion and one of the greatest names ever in women's track sprinting.
She has already tasted success at Lee Valley – at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she was tandem pilot to Felicity Johnson, who won the 1km time trial B for blind and partially sighted riders.
Hopefully Narryn and Danielle will have plenty of excuses to raise a glass or three to their friend in the coming days.
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.