If Saturday night's Athletics had taught the British public anything it was to expect the unexpected. Whilst Jess Ennis' Heptathlon gold was near assured after her performances over the previous day, and Mo Farah's 10000m win was hotly tipped, Greg Rutherford's Long Jump success allowed Team GB's cup of joy to overflow. The equivalent of that super Saturday had arrived at the Velodrome on Tuesday afternoon as a sell-out crowd attended the last session of Track Cycling for these Olympics.
Given Britain's dominance in the sport, not just in London 2012 but over the past decade, expectations are higher than those of our track and field athletes. Every rider seems to possess an awe of invincibility, or at least that's how it looks to us fortunate enough to attend along with the millions watching at home. We forget, frequently, the fragility of these humans who ride in such an extreme version of cycle racing. It is a credit to the coaches and administrators of British Cycling that we seem to have a supply line of talent constantly delivering.
Hope and expectation spoke of Sir Chris Hoy winning the Men's Keirin; that Victoria Pendleton would end her incredible career in east London with individual Sprint glory and Laura Trott would build on an astonishing run in 2012 and land gold in the Omnium.
Attending this session was a true privilege. For what anyone says about the Olympic Stadium or Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome is the jewel of the Olympic Park. And it has been a fortress for Team GB in their endeavours on the track. Tuesday night was all business: no heats or prelims to distract. As such the racing was ferocious. Hoy and Pendleton dispatched their rivals to reach respective finals, whilst Trott's performance in the scratch race meant for a nervous finish in the final event.
For Pendleton, her Sprint final with deadly rival Anna Meares of Australia was the perfect ending to a career that has delivered so much. She had long made it clear that London 2012 would be the end for her, which left some critics to question her motivation for these Games. A win in the Keirin silenced them but victory here would have added an emphatic last line in her Olympic story. Things started well, as she (along with all of us watching) thought she had taken the first race from the best of three showdown. Officials however noticed a riding offence and the result was handed over to Meares. That seemed to knock the collective stuffing from the British rider and the crowd, and as race two started there was an air of inevitability of what would come next. The Aussie snared Pendleton and beat her comfortably in the second race, sealing gold. 'Queen' Victoria won silver in her last ever race.
This result was sandwiched between Trott defying the odds and beating American rival Sarah Hammer in the time trial, and Hoy's finale. Trott's finish was emphatic, moving her to first place overall and winning the gold after six grueling events over the previous two days. Aged 20, she is now a double Olympic champion, to go with her World Championship wins. She is an astonishing talent and is well placed to assume Pendleton's mantle as the darling of the media, and the public.
As for Hoy, winning the Keirin was no certain thing but having been denied the chance to defend his Sprint crown the impetus to win an individual gold was firmly with the Scot. The loudest cheers were reserved for him, such is the love and admiration amongst fans held for Hoy. And he didn't disappoint, winning to send the partisan crowd into ecstasy.
What we had witnessed today was a blend of a magnificent past and a glorious future. Whatever Victoria Pendleton chooses to do with her life now, she does so as a role model and heroine to millions. Laura Trott has undoubtedly benefited from the trail blazed by her retiring team-mate, and London 2012 will surely prompt the emergence of new female riders to come through over the next decade. Trott will be a poster girl for Britain in Rio, no mistake, and she will wear that honour with the charm and vigour that has impressed so many.
As for Chris Hoy, Rio - as he said himself after the session - is "99.9%" unlikely. After all, he will be 40 in 2016. It is more likely though that he may just stick around for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, which just so happens to take place in his native Scotland, in Glasgow. Already, a probable showdown for the ages pitting him in Scottish colours against (what would be) England's Jason Kenny is one that should make for the grandest of finales.
As events wound to a close, fans inside in the Velodrome were struggling to leave. The bond and attachment to this brilliant venue has become absolute for many. In the months and years to come, long after the Park is in 'Legacy mode', Britons will come to this small corner of the capital and pay homage to the achievement of these gladiators of the wheel. Their accomplishments, and the joy they have brought to thousands in this tiny venue will make for memories that will live a lifetime.
Inspire a generation? Job done.