Hob-nobbing with royalty

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 28/07/2014

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Graham and Bernie Sycamore have been enjoying the cycling at the Commonwealth Games.

The Invercargill couple spent four days at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome taking in all the action, including the New Zealand sprint squad's outstanding showing in the team and individual sprint.

Graham, a life member of both Cycling Southland and the Cycling New Zealand federation and an Invercargill city councillor, is a guest at the Games, but he was surprised to meet another special guest during the four-day competition.

Sitting just behind the Sycamores on day one was British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sycamore turned around and introduced himself, explaining where he was from.

"[Cameron] said he was good friends with John Key and I said he was probably going to get back in at the election," Sycamore said with a laugh.

The couple also got to meet Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, at a luncheon at the velodrome.

Edward helped present the medals on day one, but wasn't the only member of royalty to visit the velodrome.

Billy Connolly, a proud Glaswegian and one of Scotland's most famous exports, was in attendance on Saturday.

The comedian featured in the opening ceremony explaining his love for his home city.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first English rider to win the Tour de France, has been in action, turning out for the English pursuit team, which won silver behind the Australians.

Having a famous face wasn't a guarantee of a seat, however.

Sir Chris Hoy, a six-time Olympic champion for Great Britain, and the man the Glasgow velodrome is named after, was asked for his accreditation when he tried to get into the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on the opening day.

Rather than be offended, Hoy later tweeted that the volunteer was only doing their job.

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