As lap speeds increased, the track became very dangerous to both riders and spectators in spite of wooden extensions built on the upper edges of the concrete, and several motor cyclists were killed as they were launched skywards from the extreme edge.
The track was subsequently used for cycle racing and the most well known competitors here were the Wyld Brothers, three of whom won bronze in the team pursuit at the 1928 Olympics which were held in Amsterdam.
Here is a photograph of the brothers.
|A pretty fit looking bunch.|
And here a photograph from the Olympics.
|The Amsterdam track would also appear to be concrete and has some rather unfriendly looking edges. No helmets or Lycra in those day of course, but apart from the handlebars, the bikes don't look that old fashioned.|
Although I can remember, as a young lad, seeing the Derby track on what was then known as the Municiple Sports Ground, I have not been able to find any photographs of it or even any further information.