Falling at the first hurdle. Haitian athlete, Jeffrey Julmis, hits the first hurdle in the Olympic 110 metres semi-final. (ddp USA / REX/ Shutterstock)

When it comes to cycling as fast as possible around a 250 metre lap, Team GB is streets ahead of the competition. Of the thirty medals up for grabs at the velodrome in Rio, the team won eleven, with the nearest challengers winning only two. Veiled accusations have subsequently been made by the teams from Australia, France and Germany, questioning how Team GB performs so well. The stars of the show were Jason Kenny and Laura Trott who took their household collection of gold medals to ten. But for some viewers, the star of the cycling coverage may have been the guy who rode the derny bike at the start of the Keirin races to help set a pace for the riders. So who is he? What was he doing? How fast can his bike go? What’s in his rug sack? A picnic? Does he need to train to do that job or was he a lucky competition winner? The Weekly has done some research and the good news is that if you fancy becoming a derny rider, you can. Most derny riders are experienced cyclists-turned officials who apply for training through a local authority. The British course costs £65, so if you fancy sitting smugly ahead of Jason Kenny at Tokyo in 2020 you can start your own Olympic journey by applying here.
At the end of the week when the A-Level results were released and a record numbers of UK university places were offered (424,000 places - up 3% on last year), it seems only right to check in to see how the UK student accommodation sector is performing. August is notoriously a quiet month for the property industry but there appears to be little slowdown in demand for student accommodation, especially from overseas investors. And research released by JLL this week would suggest that investors have every reason to be interested given the demand/supply outlook remains highly favourable. JLL estimate that the total number of purpose-built student beds across the UK in 2016-17 will reach 555,000. Given that there are over 1.7 million full-time students, thousands of students are again going to be forced into the general rental market where rents are forecast to grow by 4% over the next academic year. Whilst it is improbable that the student accommodation sector will deliver the same levels of returns as it did in 2015 (21.5%), the sector is likely to continue to be busy in the coming weeks and months.
With the Olympics closing tonight and the Paralympics not starting until 7th September, a challenge that many of us will now face is how are we going to fill the time we spent watching the action? For some, the return of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) to our screens on Wednesday evening may help fill the vacuum. The avid Weekly reader will recall how last year we told you how GBBO was apparently killing off packaged bread. Well, twelve months on and there is still no stopping the baking juggernaut. Over 14 million viewers tuned in to see Nadiya Hussain crowned the 2015 winner whilst according to Waitrose, there has been a reported 19% increase in the number of people baking. So what makes GBBO such compelling viewing? It has obviously got something to do with the presenters, the judges, the contestants and the baking 'show-stoppers'. But the show’s success is also, apparently, largely down to the culinary double entendres served up. GBBO has now delivered six seasons of wholesome British smut. From "I knew it would be easier by machine. But I just like to feel it" to “I’m ganaching my buns”, the success of the programme just goes to prove that us Brits will find the dirty side in anything if we look hard enough.