Monday, November 2, 2009

How Laura Coleman Flowers got onto the World Track Cycling podium!

We are very excited to be able to share with you our journey to getting a place on the World Track Cycling podium. Nope, I haven't trained to be a World Class cyclist ( I fear that I've left that dream a little late) but.....and here's the secret.....we were invited to design and create all eighty one medallist bouquets for the recent UCI World Track Cycling Cup Classics between 30 October and 01 November at the Manchester Velodrome, the home of British Cycling. All the latest info is available from their website

The start of our podium journey
On meeting with the people behind the organisation of the event, I knew that they were going to let me be creative and come up with something to be proud of....with red as the key colour, who could go wrong! We worked together to come up with a design that would stand out against the vast space of the Velodrome, and exotic red anthurium were the flower of choice. Teamed with a contempory aralia and cantia palm leaf, the design was set to go. As all fashion conscious flower lovers will know, it's all in the detail, so we suggested finishing the design with double satin silver ribbon overlayed with a splash of red, lovely!
Getting the flowers to the Velodrome

In total, 243 anthurium, 81 aralia, 81 cantia palm, 49 metres of silver ribbon and 21 metres of red ribbon were used to create the bouquets.
We created each of the bouquets, then settled them for a good drink overnight before tying on the ribbon and packing them into boxes ready for delivery. These pics show these phases in action.

All loaded up in boxes ready to head to the Velodrome.......

At the Velodrome and ready for the podium!
Here are the flowers ready to be presented to medallists. And below is a series of videos and pictures I took whilst I was there on Saturday 31 October. I was lucky enough to be able to be sat next to someone who explained all the different races to can see how excited I got about this incredibly addictive sport by reading my tweets from the velodrome at

Getting onto the podium, a florists eye view!!!

Team GB in their camp (I guess that's what it's called....)

Victoria Pendleton cycles for silver!

Wendy in Pursuit of Gold!

Kenny, Crampton and Hoy cycling for their medals.

Matt Crampton handing over his flowers.....
Lined up for the final race of the night.

Lizzie goes for (and gets) gold!!!

On the big screen on the podium during the the last Victory Ceromony of the evening.

Right, I'm off to find my bike pump!

Hope you enjoyed ready this little blog entry!

Laura xx

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