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2012 Track World Championships – Day Two

by Sarah Storey
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on Feb 11 in Race Blog
With no racing for me on the second day of competition it was time to turn myself into team cheerleader as all the other 13 riders on the team had either Individual Pursuit or Kilometre Time Trial titles to contest.

Barney was riding the kilometre Time Trial with his World Record holding Tandem partner, Neil Fachie, whilst there was little recovery time for Team Storey Sport’s Communications Manager, Helen Scott, who was back in action with her stoker Aileen McGlynn.

After watching the Individual Pursuit qualifying there was time for me to get a quick spin on the rollers with a few revs out before returning to the stands to cheer for the tandems. Last off in the men’s, Barney and Neil needed to get under 63 seconds in order to claim gold and it looked as though they were going to get there but the clock cruelly clicked over to a 1.03 and they were denied gold by the other GB pairing of Craig Mclean and Anthony Kappes by just 0.099 seconds. Great to see two Union Jacks on the flag poles as the anthem played though! The pairings will return on Sunday now to battle it out for the honours in the tandem sprint competition.

Helen Scott and Aileen McGlynn were proving they had the best backing up skills in the Women’s Tandems and clocked an impressive 1.10.1 to take the lead with just the defending World Champions from Australia to ride. The Aussie pairing hadn’t ridden in the Tandem Pursuit yesterday and their fresh legs carried them to a world record. With more to come from the GB girls and a slightly more favourable programme in London in terms of timings, it looks set to be a cracking event to watch.

GB didn’t just settle for one gold on this second day of competition and just before I was whisked back to the hotel for my dinner and to rest up for tomorrow’s 3000m Individual Pursuit, I was able to watch an impressive performance from GB’s newest addition to the track squad, Mark Colbourne, who picked up gold and his first world title in the men’s C1 3000m Individual Pursuit. Sitting down to dinner news filtered through of two more medals for GB with Darren Kenny taking silver in his C3 class and Jody Cundy doing a storming catch to win the bronze medal ride off in the C4 class.

For me it was a rare chance to catch all of my team mates riding, but I am definitely ready and raring to get this 3000m Individual Pursuit on the go tomorrow! Riding at around 10.15am Saturday morning, LA time [6.15pm UK time], check out the live timing on the www.veloresults.com website and possibly the live feed pictures on www.paracyclingla2012.com

 

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