In our daily NewsWire, we bring you a collection of the intriguing stories from newspapers, journals and elsewhere around the world of competitive cycling. Pour your coffee, mute your phone and read on.
Njisane Phillip: ‘Watch out in ’16. I’m coming.’ — Trinidad Express
Njisane Phillip has one message for the world of track sprinting: “I’m coming.”
The 21-year-old Los Angeles resident, born in and competing for Trinidad and Tobago, surprised many as he made his way through the match sprint rounds and into a bronze medal match with veteran Australian Shane Perkins this week in London. He lost that contest 2-0, finishing in fourth, but still achieved his goals for the London Games.
“I’m really, really happy,” he told Trinidad and Tobago newspaper The Trinidad Express. “It’s fourth place at the Olympics. I didn’t get the bronze. I really, really wanted to get that medal, but everything takes time.”
The performance is made all the more incredible by the fact that the young Phillip made his Olympic debut ahead of schedule. Rio de Janeiro in 2016 was the original goal, but following a string of good rides in World Cups this year, he was able to have a go at the Olympics early.
“It was hard getting here, but the target was ’16,” he said. “Tell them, watch out in ’16.”
Olympic BMX explained — l’Equipe
L’Equipe runs an excellent infographic on Olympic BMX, which begins Wednesday. While there is no translator for non-French speakers, the included video and 3D tour of the course are worth the time in and of themselves. Just click the “Suite” button on the bottom right to get to them.
Leader, but never the winner — The New York Times
Peter Deary is having a “once in a lifetime” experience in the Olympic Velodrome this summer, but unlike most of those cruising around London’s banked boards, he’ll never have a shot at the podium. If he does his job well, others will.
“You’ve got to be consistent,” the sixty-five year old keirin derny driver told The New York Times. “Every heat must be consistent with every other.”
Repeatability is vital in one of the most visible, yet largely unnoticed non-athletic roles of the Games. Deary must create the exact same conditions for the first five laps across every heat, from first to final. And with six riders per heat, he has years of sweat and training hanging on his wheel, and relying on his skill, each time the gun goes off.