The Longest Lap - the world’s slowest sprint event

Imagine preparing to race in a bike race but you don’t know how long there is until the start gun goes.

The Marymoor Crawl - commonly known as the Longest Lap - involves cyclists slowly riding one lap of a velodrome before waiting at the start line for the starter’s gun to fire. Except, they have to wait a while…

Nervous, twitchy riders try to calm their nerves while performing track stands until the gun fires, then it’s a one lap sprint to the finish line.

In this video clip, we see 22 starters including Sir Bradley Wiggins, but just nine survived the initial slow lap to take part in the final sprint.

How do your track stand skills compare?

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