The world's finest spring cyclists were in action at London's Herne Hill track on Good Friday (April 12) -- the meeting which traditionally opens the European summer track season.
GV Riders round track - trophy in foreground
GV Riders and cycles on grass
LV Start of Heat I Professional Sprint between Van Lancker (Belgium) and Loevesijn (Holland) - race in progress and Van Lancker wins (2 shots)
LV Start of Heat 3 Professional Sprint, race in progress & Leovesijn wins (3 shots)
GV Crowd and Leovesijn takes lap of honour (2 shots)
GV Start of Honda Inter-Nation Challenge (Champion of Champions Sprint) race in progress and finish: 1st Morelon (France) 2nd Marino (Italy) 3rd Geschke (E. Germany) (2 shots)
SCU Morelon before start of Heat 3
GV Start of Heat 3, race in progress and finish: 1st Nicholson (Australia) 2nd Morelon (France) third Hansen (Denmark) (2 shots)
SCU Marino among riders on grass
GV Start of Heat 4, race in progress and finish: 1st Geschke (E.Germ.) 2nd Row (U.K.) 3rd Marino (Italy) 4th Lankruis (Netherlands)
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Background: The world's finest spring cyclists were in action at London's Herne Hill track on Good Friday (April 12) -- the meeting which traditionally opens the European summer track season.
Before rain stopped the Southern countries Cycling Union meeting three quarters of the way through, former world professional sprint champion Leijn Loevesijn of Holland beat the current world champion Robert Van Lancker of Belgium by two matches to one in a professional challenge event.
The main event was one of three matches of a seven nation contest for the Honda Challenge with world lass riders representing Creat Britain. France, Denmark, Italy, East Germany, Holland and Australia.
Ian Hallam, the Commonwealth Games Champion gave Britain a good start by winning the 4,000 metres pursuit.
The heats of the amateur Champion of Champions race developed into a duel between Daniel Morelon of France six times amateur world champion and Munich Olympic gold medallist and Commonwealth Champion John Nicholson of Australia.
Both qualified for the final, together with Jurgen Geschhke of East Germany. But it had to be cancelled because of the rain.