Ugandan Patrick Lawino trains on a Wattbike
Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 16, 2012
When we visited the Olympic Velodrome for the London Track World Cup back in February there was one rider who really stood out amongst an evening of British World Champions and a host of World Records. This rider arguably received the biggest cheer of the night and certainly won the hearts of the crowd.
His name is Patrick Lawino and he's been training on a Wattbike to help advance the sport of track cycling in his home nation of Uganda. Patrick lives in London and has managed to put himself on the world stage on the most limited of budgets. With no road bike and very limited access to a velodrome, he's been relying on his coaches, Lee Povey and David Le Grys, to help him towards his short term goal of making the Olympics.
The current situation for Patrick is that the IOC are not handing out any wildcards for the men's track events at London 2012 which is a 'huge disappointment', not just personally for Patrick but also for his wish to advance the sport back in Uganda. Patrick is currently investigating whether the IOC will offer him a discretionary invitation.
If Patrick's Olympic dream fails to materialise he will not be distracted from his wider goals and will look towards the next Track World Cups.
We'll keep you updated on any developments.