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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.