Sidney's Hour Record

A taster session started it off

His first time on the track

Sidney was so excited

But couldn't reach the drops


Sidney joined the BC boys

And said he was a racer

Tried to book the velodrome

"Who the hell are you, sir?"


But then Natasha said "Hi Sid"

And everything got sorted

All for him the Olympic track

Complete with welcome notice


As he trained at the velodrome

His best hour was the same

As that French cyclist Marchand

A hundred and going strong


In the months before September

He felt encouraged and loved

Relishing all the Facebook messages

On his brand new Moto G

The velodrome bike was all fixed up

To try before the event

With customised high handlebars

And saddle to match his bent


Included in the warm-up laps

Was his introduction to the gate

Then a rider's start for the UCI

Untouched by human hand


The cheering and the banging

Sent him round the bend

At each end of the velodrome

Two hundred and twenty-seven times


Hour record - ten seconds old

Had just been set by Sidney

With the help of Beethoven

And family and friends galore


So he thought if I've done this

Then other eighty-pluses can

But it always helps if you feel loved

Because this is what I've learned

Love makes the wheels go round