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‘I can still smell the Olympics!’ – Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell on London velodrome memories

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Multiple Olympic champions Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell have reflected on their memories of the Lee Valley velodrome in London – saying it still smells of the Olympics. The trio memorably combined to clinch team pursuit gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics, along with Elinor Barker, defending the title Kenny and Rowsell had won with Dani Rowe at London 2012. “That’s obviously my standing memory of the velodrome [the London Games]. Like you know when you walk in, I can still smell the Olympics!” said Kenny in conversation with her team-mates past and present. UCI Track Champions League’I’m going to mesh it together’ – TCL runner-up Archibald vows to come back stronger in 202304/12/2022 AT 07:18“When you go to Newport, it smells like a holding camp, and I get the same here. “When I walk down the stairs, I’m like ‘I can smell the Olympics’. It’s like walking into your nan’s house, it’s got a smell. I love it, it’s just the best track.”Kenny endured a disappointing debut Track Champions League, finishing last in the women’s Endurance league, although she previously insisted she had “no regrets” about competing. The Track Champions League – the hottest ticket in townHowever, she can certainly console herself with her five Olympic titles – only husband Jason and Sir Chris Hoy have more for Britain – two of which came during her stunning breakout Games in London. Reflecting on the London crowd, Kenny said: “Amazing, best crowd in the world. It just is for us. They just get behind you.“It feels like my track. I’m not like Sir Chris yet, I haven’t got the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, I’ve not got the Dame Laura Velodrome yet!”Archibald, who had only recently converted to cycling from swimming when the Olympics touched down in London, admitted her first memory of the Lee Valley track was less positive, recalling an incident with British team-mate Barker at a Revolution event. “I remember coming down with Elle. I had driven us, turned up with loads of time. So we thought we would go buy some snacks, get some fuel for the big omnium day,” she recalled. “We took a wrong turn and ended up stuck on a motorway, you could see the velodrome. We’re in standstill traffic, looking at this gorgeous building and the anxiety was so much worse by the fact I had done it to Elle too. And that we were both trapped in this metal box. “[We were within] walking distance… she should have got out and started running across the middle!”Archibald just missed out on defending her Track Champions League title from last year, finishing second behind Jennifer Valente after a thrilling battle.- – -The UCI Track Champions League will return for season three in 2023 – and you can watch it all live and on demand on discovery+UCI Track Champions LeagueValente edges out Archibald to Endurance title, Imhof becomes champion on countback03/12/2022 AT 22:07UCI Track Champions LeagueTrack Champions League as it happened – Valente pips Archibald, Richardson dethrones Lavreysen03/12/2022 AT 13:51

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The dwindling case for living in London

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The recent debate around ‘levelling up’ may be missing something. I would argue that there is another way to consider geographical inequality – and, by this alternative measure, a levelling has been under way for more than 20 years.

I’ve spent three decades working in advertising, so it’s unsurprising that I tend to view economic life through the lens of consumption. By contrast, mainstream economists tend to view disparities through the medium of earnings or wealth. To me, measures of wealth should include not only the quantity of money you have but the breadth of worthwhile options available in choosing how to spend it.

Let’s put it another way. If you live in a boring village, and suddenly a great pub or café opens on the high street, then by my measure you have become richer; by the economist’s measure you have not.

Things that would once have been available in London decades before the provinces now appear everywhereat once 

There was undoubtedly a time when you were richer in London in two ways. You had more money, but you also had a far more exciting range of ways to spend it. Now not so much.

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London is a great city but, in terms of consumption quality, it has not improved markedly in the past 20 years. Over the same period, many smaller cities and even towns have advanced rapidly, significantly narrowing the gap. The kind of things that would once have been available in the capital decades before making it to the provinces – like sushi – now appear everywhere at once. Consider Turkish barbers, who seem to have taken over the country in only five years. (I can remember a time when it was enough just to get a haircut without having burning methylated spirits flicked in my ears. Back then I just didn’t know any better.)

This levelling is especially true of anything in the digital world: Amazon gadgets, Netflix films, Asos fashions and PlayStation games hit Aberystwyth the same day they hit Islington. But it also applies to the physical environment, as anyone over 50 can attest. I went to Manchester and Sheffield for the first time in 1989. Compared with London, they were then, let’s be honest, utterly rubbish. Now, when I visit those same cities, I experience mild ‘northern envy’. There are interesting places open everywhere. Northerners have better cars, because they have more money left over after paying for housing. And they are much better-looking, because they can nip home to get changed before going out.

Relatively speaking, London has improved far less dramatically than these provincial cities have. (New York, many aficionados argue, has got worse.) OK, the Tube is better than it used to be. Uber is a handy addition. But some things are awful – the last pleasure of driving in London ended when they put speed cameras on the Westway. Accommodation costs for the young wipe out any salary gains.

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By my measure, high property prices won’t just hit Londoners once – they’ll hit them twice. Not only do high rents wipe out what you earn, they also put at risk London’s once unassailable advantage as a great place to spend what money you have left. Creative businesses of any kind require space at a price which allows them to take risks. For a time, London found this space by moving its heartland from west to east. But suppose the people supporting what Douglas McWilliams calls ‘the flat white economy’ flee altogether? In my own experience, Kent suddenly seems weirdly full of fascinating restaurants founded by London exiles. If more of these people leave, the case for staying weakens further.

Londoners always say things like ‘Yes but there’s the theatre’. Let’s face it though – even Shakespeare left London for Stratford in his mid-forties. As he no doubt found, the theatre is all very well, but it’s nothing like being able to park outside your house.

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