The first session of the World Track Championships in Manchester is now over, with Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Jenning Huizenga of the Netherlands taking their place in the Gold and Silver medal final in the last heat of the afternoon's qualification session. Huizenga starts as slight favourite having won his heat with a time of 4:16.343, just ahead of Wiggins who clocked a respectable 4:17.024.
The Bronze medal ride-off will be between Alexei Markov of Russia and Hayden Roulston of New Zealand.
None of them, though, can match Uzbekistan's Vadim Shaekhov, who had the honour of being the first competitor to take to the track in this year's championship - or the ignomony of Robert Bengsch who become the first rider to be disqualified - for drafting, having been passed in his heat.
The meda center is abuzz now. I'm sitting opposite a Dutch TV crew who are frantically dubbing commentary on to their highlights package, amid the clatter of laptop keyboards.
It's not all glamour, though. The lime green bib isn't fetching and, while the water's free, coffee's £1 a pop. I'm going to be bankrupt by the end of the week!