Track cycling: The Derny
The derny is a small motorcycle (90cc) used in track cycling for motor-pacing. A derny team consists of a derny ‘pilot’ and the bicycle rider. Up to six teams ride against each other in these events (which often form part of a six-day race’s programme). Success in this event rests not only on good legs, but on clear communication between pilot and rider.
Regular visitors to track events cannot easily forget the large amounts of blue smoke which permeate the track during derny races. On the one hand this creates a very special and nostalgic atmosphere. On the other, we can understand why these days electric dernies are being introduced.