Day 1 of the British National Track Championships got underway this week with Women’s 500m Time Trial.Victoria Pendleton wins the Gold Medal with a time of 34.636 around 400’s second slower that last year & retains her title. Whilst last years Silver & Bronze medal winners swapped places.Rebecca James moves into the Silver Medal position with a PB time of 35.254 against 36.012 of last year & Jess Varnish collects the Bronze in a time of 35.283 just over last years of 35.154.
Next event was the Women’s Madison. Last years winners Alex Greenfield & Dani King didn’t ride together, but Dani partnered Ella Hopkins & together claimed the Silver Medal. The 2010 Champions are Hannah Barnes & Hannah Walker with Harriet Owens & Laura Trott to collecting the Bronze Medal.
The final concluding event of the evening was the Open Team Sprint. Sky Track Cycling, consisting of Matt Crampton, Jason Kenny & Ross Edgar set the quickest qualifying time earlier on in the proceedings & went on to take the Gold Medals. City of Edinburgh put up a brave fight to claim Silver, whilst Science in Sport beat off a gallant effort by Team Terminator by 200’s second to claim Bronze.
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN'S 500m TT
2007 Holder: Victoria Pendleton
2008 Holder: Anna Blyth
2009 Holder: Victoria Pendleton34.262
Gold Victoria Pendleton MBE 34.636
Silver Becky James PB 35.254
Bronze Jess Varnish 35.283
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN’S 20Km MADISON
2009 Holder: Alex Greenfield & Dani King (14pts)
Gold Hannah Barnes & Hannah Walker (16pts)
Silver Dani King & Ella Hopkins (13pts)
Bronze Harriet Owen & Laura Trott (8pts)
VICTORY CEREMONY TEAM SPRINT
2007 Holder: Hoy, Edgar & Librizzi
2008 Holder: Daniell, Lyte & Crampton
2009 Holder: Sky + HD – Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny & Chris Hoy 44.647
Gold Sky Track Team - Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny & Chris Hoy 44.810
Silver City of Edinburgh 47.245
Bronze Science in Sport 48.218 beat Team Terminator
Jon-Alan Butterworth rides to within 1 second of the World Record in his class to take gold in the Para-cycling 1Km Pursuit. This will stand him good stead for Olympic selection, in London, in 2 years time.
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN'S 30Km POINTS
2007 Holder: Kate Cullen
2008 Holder: Alex Greenfield
2009 Holder: Lizzie Armitstead (47p)
Gold Corrine Hall (38p)
Silver Dani King (36p)
Bronze Anna Blyth (22p)
Dani King collected most of the points in the first half of the race, putting in a lot of effort in doing so. Corrine Hall breaks away next in a trio of riders, and as she then continues alone, she rides through 2 more sets of maximum points, finally lapping the field to re-join the bunch once again. Corrine collected her additional 20 points, and this was enough to get her the Gold. On the final sprint Anna Blyth wins and collects enough points to claim the Bronze, with Dani King winning a well deserved Silver.
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT
2008 Holder: North West Region
2009 Holder: Halesowen & ACC – Helen Scott & Jess Varnish 35.015
Gold North West Region – Jessica Varnish & Becky James 34.139
Silver City of Edinburgh A – Jenny Davis & Charline Joiner 35.164
Bronze City of Edinburgh B – Emma Baird & Kayleigh Brogan beat Welwyn Wheelers - Laura Trott & Victoria Williamson 37.051
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN 20Km Scratch Race
2007 Holder: Steven Burke
2008 Holder: Chris Newton
2009 Holder: Chris Newton
Gold Peter Kennaugh
Silver Simon Yates
Bronze Geraint Thomas
It was unusual not to seeing former Olympic Champion & out going National Scratch Champion, Chris Newton, riding in the bunch this year. Although he was busy seen on the track apron going about his new job, 2010 will see new rides claiming the Jerseys he once dominated.
An action packed 40Km Scratch Race saw 4 lads from Sky Pro Cycling ride aggressively throughout the race. Peter Kennaugh proved to be the stronger after a solid year on the road, and rode on the front, eventually breaking free. Kennaugh managed to lap the field and this turned out to be the Gold Medal winning move. In the final couple of laps as the bunch became nervous Sky’s Ben Swift crashed heavily, and soon after Junior World Champion Simon Yates breaked clear to win the bunch sprint and claim the Silver Medal. Sky Pro Cycling & current British National Road Champion Geraint Thomas was 2nd in the bunch sprint & claimed the Bronze.
Women’s Sprint:Victoria Pendleton, Becky James, Jess Varnish & Victoria Williamson progress to the Semi Finals. V Williamson is forced into a third round with Charline Joiner to eventually win.
Women’s Pursuit Qualifying:Wendy Hovenaghel 3:31.555, Sarah Storey 3:39.200, Laura Trott 3:44.162 & Anna Blyth 3:48.091 all qualify for the 3Km Pursuit Finals. It’s Wendy Hovenaghel Vs Sarah Storey for Gold, & Laura Trott Vs Anna Blyth for Bronze.
END OF SESSION
Thursday 23rd September Day 3 Session 2
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN 1000m TT
2008 Holder: Matt Crampton
2009 Holder: Steven Burke 1:02.604
Gold Bruce Croal 1:04.909
Silver Andrew Kelly 1:07.047
Bronze Leuan Williams 1:08.257
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN'S 3000m PURSUIT
2009 Holder: Sarah Storey 3:40.147
Gold Wendy Hovenaghel 3:31.555
Silver Sarah Storey 3:39.200
Bronze Laura Trott 3:44.162
Laura Trott beats Anna Blyth in 3:44.769 just short of her qualifying time to take Bronze.
Wendy Hovenaghel beats Sarah Storey by lapping her to become the new National Women’s pursuit Champion. Feeling she is on a good time she continues to the full distance in 3:30.612
VICTORY CEREMONY CWAD 200m FS TT
Gold Jon-Alan Butterworth WR 11.105
Silver Neil Fachie – Barney Storey
Bronze Jody Cundy WR 10.970
Two World Records were set, one by newcomer Jon-Alan Butterworth in his category & the other by Jody Cundy.
VICTORY CEREMONY WOMEN'S SPRINT
2008 Holder: Victoria Pendleton
2009 Holder: Victoria Pendleton10.984
Gold Victoria Pendleton 11.067
Silver Becky James 11.408
Bronze Jessica Varnish 11.600
Victoria Pendleton claims her 9th Champions Jersey in this event. Still showing good form she rides an impressive 11.067. Spending a lot of her time in the gym recently, she tells British Cycling. Her time is 200’s better than expected.
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN 40Km POINTS
2008 Holder: Chris Newton
2009 Holder: Chris Newton (80p)
Gold George Atkins (44p) Wins on final sprint
Silver Sam Yates (44p)
Bronze Mark Christian (39p)
With 160 laps of the Manchester Velodrome ahead, the Open 40Km Points Race got underway. A crash after 30 laps or so breaks the rhythm slightly but 100%ME’s Chris Whorrall climbs to the top of the leader board. We are nearly half way through the race by now and Endura Racing’s Evan Oliphant goes on the attack. He climbs up to 2nd position behind Whorrall. George Atkins & Adam Duggleby then breakaway, but are brought back. Oliphant tries once more. Mark Christian then takes the next sprint and is joined by George Atkins & Simon Yates. As they break clear with 60 laps to go, they begin to share the points. Sky’s only entrant Ian Stannard & Endura Racing’s Evan Oliphant retire having chased the leaders with no progress. The trio gain ground. The field now stretched, begin to deplete. The trio finally lap what’s left of the field to gain additional bonus points, thus catapulting themselves clear of all other points collectors. Only 25 laps to go, Yates & Christian have 36 points a piece & Atkins 32. With 20 to go, it’s Yates with 41 points, Christian & Atkins with 36 apiece. On the penultimate lap Planet X’s Sam Harrison crosses the line first, followed by Atkins, 100% ME’s Jon Mould then Christian. Atkins now moves up into 2nd position with 39 points, Christian now has 37. Atkins wins the final sprint, Christian 2nd & Harrison 3rd. With Yates leading the points for the last half of the race Atkins also moves up to 44. Winning the final sprint takes presidence & therefore 100% ME’s George Atkins becomes the 2010 Open Points Champion.
Chris Hoy, Matt Crampton, Jason Kenny & Peter Mitchell progress to the Semi Finals…
Open Pursuit Qualification Group
Peter Kennaugh Vs George Atkins, Progress to Gold Playoff. Sam Harrison Vs Mark Christian progress to the Bronze Playoff…
END OF SESSION
Friday 24th September Day 4 Session 2
The Women’s 15 Km Scratch Race saw Welwyn Wheelers Laura Trott, fire off the peleton only to be reeled back in. As the race progressed to its conclusion, 100% ME’s Anna Blyth sprints clearly and takes the win. Bicester Millennium’sHarriet Owens claims Silver & Horizon Fitness’s Dani King collects the Bronze.
Notable DNS from the start sheet for the Pursuit were Team Sky Pro Cycling’s Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard & Ben Swift. Several reasons were given and the Commonwealth Games and World Road Championships were fast approaching. This left the field open for the remainder entrants, but it was Sky Pro Cycling remaining entrant Peter Kennaugh to shine with a decent time of 4.25.215
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN 4000m PURSUIT
2008 Holder: Steven Burke
2009 Holder: Geraint Thomas 4:18.241
Gold Peter Kennaugh 4:25.215
Silver George Atkins 4:30.817
Bronze Sam Harrison 4:33.369
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN B SPRINT
Gold Kevin Stewart
Silver Bruce Croall
Bronze Adam Welch
In the Open Sprint Event, Reigning National Champion Chris Hoy loses out to Jason Kenny in both rounds. Whilst Matt Crampton beat ex Junior Champion, David Daniell in both rides.
Gold Horizon Fitness - Alex Greenfield, Dani King & Sarah Storey caught…
Silver Team Orbea For Goodness Shakes
Bronze Team Terminator 3.58.678 beat Maxgear 4.01.282
Not feeling 100% after the first heat, Sir Chris Hoy retires from the days event upon advice from his Doctor. This would mean a new Champion in the 2010 Open Keirin.
VICTORY CEREMONY OPEN KEIRIN
2008 Holder: Matt Crampton
2009 Holder: Sir Chris Hoy MBE
Gold Ross Edgar
Silver Jason Kenny
Bronze Chris Pritchard
The Team Pursuit produced two more drama’s of the day… In the fight off for Bronze CyclePremier were pushed to the every end, after losing a man and having to fight all the way to the end. They narrowly beat Hargroves by 100’s second.
In the race for Gold, Science In Sport chose to maximise the use of lead out man Jody Cundy, & he took the team round the first Km at full throttle. This tactic proved fruitful & his team made good progress on catching VC St Raphael. The laps went by, & it was just a matter of time before the Gold was in the bag for SiS. As the crowd were expecting the sound of the start gun to fire & finish the race, we were left instead, with the sound of Tim Lawson crashing heavily. Unable to finish with the 3rd man rule, SiS were left to collect the Silver Medal.
VICTORY CEREMONY TEAM PURSUIT
2008 Holder: Agiskoviner
2009 Holder: Plant X – Steve Clayton, Ian Cooper & Boyd Roberts