Olympic track cyclists prepare for competition

Belgians, Russians and New Zealanders test ride the London velodrome

The 2012 Olympic track cycling competition is just days away from starting, with the first events on Thursday 2 August.

That means riders are eager to spend as much time on the velodrome as they can before throwing themselves into competition. Knowing how the track performs is important if they want to extract every last ounce of speed come race day.

Our photographer Joby Sessions was at the track on Monday, where he spotted the Belgians, Russians, New Zealanders and a few others doing the rounds. Click on the gallery at right to see what they were doing.

For more info on will be happening at the velodrome, visit BikeRadar's track cycling page, which has video guides to the Sprint, Team Pursuit, Omnium part 1, Omnium part 2 and Keirin, all presented by track expert Chris Boardman.

If you're inspired by these Olympians and want to give your fitness a boost, head over to BikeRadar Training, a free training tool to help you progress with your training goals.

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