Blaze FHHV Track League
Tucked away in the suburban streets of the Herne Hill-Dulwich border lies an iconic open-air cycle track in South East London – the Herne Hill Velodrome. Run by cyclists, for cyclists of all ages and abilities, competitive and non-competitive, it remains one of the best cycling tracks in the UK and a genuine national treasure – it is, in fact, the only remaining venue still in operation from the 1948 Olympic Games.
The Herne Hill Velodrome is a vital grass-roots facility to develop riders and bring together cycling passionates – many stars learned to race there, including Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, Olympic medal winner Laura Kenny (Trott) and Paralympic gold medallist Corrine Hall. The velodrome enables cycling for children as young as 3 on balance bikes to adults, from beginners to riders at an international elite level, and hosts multiple training and racing sessions, including the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome Track League.
This season Blaze is extremely proud to be the sponsor of the League, with a special edition Blaze Leader’s Jersey designed for the occasion. To celebrate the collaboration, we had the pleasure to spend an evening at the velodrome with riders Virginia Cancellieri and Fred Wright, both Blaze Leader’s Jersey holders already this year and on track to achieve great success.
English-born and Herne Hill local, Wright got into road and track cycling when he took part in a summer camp at the Herne Hill Velodrome, where his hero, Bradley Wiggins also attended. In 2010, and at 10 years of age, he was one of the young cyclists present at London’s City Hall delivering a speech about the importance of saving Herne Hill.
Fred achieved a bronze medal in his first European Youth Olympic Festival at Tbilisi and since then has gone on to win the Junior European Team Pursuit title in 2016, place 4th in the Junior World Omnium Championships in 2016 and a Bronze in the Team Pursuit.
19-year-old Virginia Cancellieri started riding when she was only 10. The RHC cyclist, who made her debut in Brooklyn last year, has caught the attention of several cycling brands and is one of the main faces of MAAP.
Virginia is currently spending a few months in London until the end of summer when she’ll be returning to her hometown in Genova, Italy, to continue her studies in sculpture, her other life passion.
Staying only a few streets away from the Herne Hill velodrome, Virginia is also taking part in the Blaze FHHV Track League and making the most of her time in London exploring the city by bike.