track cycling


13 July 1963, Belgium
80th Anniversary of Belgian Federation of Bicycle
design: Herman Verbaere
engrave: Charles Leclercqz

For the last three days we have been watching the Track Cycling World Cup, which was held at the new Olympic Velodrome in London.  It seems the velodrome is a really fine piece of architecture and the audience there were very excited to witness great performances, especially by the British racers.

This set of stamps are delivering the atmosphere of the indoor velodrome well, also the tension and speed of track cycling.  Keirin, a type of racing originating from Japan is now one of the official event in the World Cup and a pacer, on a Derny motor bike is the peculiarity of that race, although the stamp above actually shows another type of motor paced racing where each racer is paced by their own motorbike.

Back in 1963, these stamps were sold to raise supportive fund for Belgium cyclists to be at the Tokyo Olympic in 1964 (via Va-lo:Vé-lo ).  The fund might help the Gold Medal of 1000m time trial in the Olympic.




2 thoughts on “track cycling

  1. the 60’s, those were the good old times Belgians won medals in the Olympics… now besides cyclo-cross they don’t win a lot of medals anymore… :o((

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