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I've watched a fair amount of UCI world cup track racing in the past year, and I've noticed most cyclists are wearing sunglasses in indoor velodromes. Sometimes they're aerodynamic visors, but more often they are just standard sport sunglasses. Why do track cyclists wear them?

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Track cyclists are travelling in excess of 30mph. At that speed you need eyewear to protect from the 'wind'.

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  • Even as an amateur riding in a velodrome it's easy to get up fast enough to need eyewear. – DavidW May 16 '19 at 14:46
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    @DavidW hopefully find that out myself soon enough - got a gift certificate for a taster session at Manchester velodrome :) – Andy P May 16 '19 at 14:56
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    It's fun. I did a session at Newport not long ago. Glasses aren't strictly necessary if you're doing fairly short bursts (as you will in a taster session) but are nice to have – Chris H May 16 '19 at 15:14
  • And even as an amateur, you have to go fast enough to not fall down the banking. – Swifty May 16 '19 at 16:04
  • Note that at certain tracks or levels of competition there can be local rules not permitting the use of darkened glass tints. When I raced I used contact lenses and wearing wrap style glasses helped to prevent the lenses from getting dry and flying out. – alexsimmons May 16 '19 at 23:16
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Track cyclists reach speeds over 50 km/h. At these speeds you need to cover your eyes and sunglasses look cooler than clear glasses. Because velodromes are usually well lit, they don't affect the cyclists sight.

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    When I went I also did some photography as we were a big group taking turns. "Well lit" is all relative – Chris H May 16 '19 at 15:16
  • @ChrisH ain't that the truth! – FreeMan May 16 '19 at 18:53

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