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2012 PROFILE


Lillistone was an Olympic cyclist at the Seoul and Barcelona Games


Simon Lillistone


LOCOG’s sport competition manager for cycling


What’s your career background? I have been involved in cycling since an early age as a road and track cyclist in the late 1980s and 1990s – including representing GB at the Seoul and Barce- lona Olympic Games. Since then I have remained involved professionally in the cycling industry with my most recent role, outside of LOCOG, of marketing di- rector for British Cycling.


What does your competition manager role entail? LOCOG is running a series of test events to help the organisation prepare for London 2012. I ensure the delivery of all competition elements of the events, across all four of the Olympic and two Paralympic cycling disciplines.


The Olympic Velodrome is a UCI Category 16,000-seat venue, designed with legacy in mind


. We’ve built a fantastic competition


management team for cycling across all of the disciplines and we deal with ev- erything that relates to the athletes and officials and cater to the international federation’s needs and expectations. Throughout the event planning, I’m


managing and leading the cycling com- petition team to ensure we deliver on our responsibilities, and in particular that we get the input and approval from the International Federation the Union Cy- cliste International (UCI). We also often find ourselves briefing


other colleagues, who are specialists in their respective area, regarding the needs of the sport, to ensure the best possible understanding of the sport across the whole organisation in order to deliver the event effectively for all client groups.


Why were specific events chosen for testing? We discussed the format of each of the cycling test events with the UCI to ensure that, where necessary, the best international athletes had the oppor- tunity to take part in the events. For example, BMX and Mountain Bike both have a technical element to the course that the riders would want to see as it directly impacts on their preparation for the Olympic events in 2012. We also considered the constraints of


the venues; whether they are completed in time for testing, capacity constraints and stakeholder issues.


Can you focus on an event that you were particularly involved in and explain the set-up process? The 19-20 August was the date that the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup was held at the Olympic Park. The event was delivered at the same time as the basketball test event in the adjacent arena and therefore it created a mini cluster of events that tested us in delivering two events concurrently. For this event and Games time, a


purpose-built track was constructed by a UCI-appointed expert track designer and builder and was one of the most chal- lenging tracks built to date. The men’s track was 470m long and feature a berm jump, an S-bend transfer, a box jump and a rhythm section in the final straight. The women’s track was 430m long and fea- tured three jumps along the first straight, a tunnel, and a rhythm section in the final straight. There was a 4m height differ- ence between the first and final straight.


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