Photographs from Good Friday Races at Herne Hill - London, 2007
Herne Hill is one of the oldest velodromes in the UK, built in 1891, and was the velodrome used in the 1948 Olympics. It's a concrete track, 450m long, with the steepest part of the banking at 30 degrees.
The weather couldn't have been better on the day - warm and sunny - unusual for the UK at Easter! About 3,500 spectators turned up to watch riders, mostly from Great Britain and mainland Europe including Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), winner of multiple world championship titles in the persuit events, and World Sprint Champion of 2000 Jan van Eijden (Germany). Wiggins won the Ten Minute Persuit and the second of the Elimination races, while van Eijden won the Invitation Sprint event.
The only crash of the day happened during the second Elimination race, about 50m before riders crossed the line with 5 laps to go. I just happened to have my camera pointed in the right direction at the right time.