Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – 16th Nov – 18th November 2012
Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography
Men’s Sprint Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes & Ed Clancy.
Women’s Sprint Becky James & Jess Varnish.
Men’s Endurance Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison, Joe Kelly, Andrew Tennant & Simon Yates.
Women’s Endurance Dani King, Elinor Barker & Laura Trott.
Endurance rider Ed Clancy will ride his first public Team Sprint.
Mixed fortunes for Team GB in this second round of the 12/13 UCI Track World Cup. Whilst the men fell flat on their feet and everywhere else, it was the women that stole the show forGreat Britain. A young and inexperienced mix of riders rode around the brightly lit, and brand new cycling complex in Glasgow, The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Darling of the track once again, now that Victoria Pendleton has retired goes to Laura Trott, who keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as she never fails to amaze with her style of racing. Collecting a gold early on in the event, in the women’s team pursuit with fellow team mates Dani King and new to the squad Elinor Barker. Laura kept us enthralled till the very last ride. Entertaining us throughout the Omnium, but pulling it out of the bag in the eleventh hour. “I didn’t want to let you down” she said in the post podium interview. You being the home crowd, that applauded every time a British rider got to the front of the race. The women collect three gold’s. The team pursuit, the team sprint and the omnium.
Stiff competition came from the Germans who collected nine medals in total againstGreat Britain’s six. Dominating the Men’s events,Germanycollected six gold medals in total and remain top of the World Cup Table into the last round in mid January 2013, inMexico.
Disappoint from our men started in the team pursuit qualifying on day one, when wheels touched and three of the four members fell in the closing stages of the race. Bad luck continued with sprinter Lewis Oliver slipping on a rather steep 45% banking of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Indeed, it wasn’t only the Brits that succumb to the newness of the track and steep cornering. With several riders getting caught out. Retiring soon after, it was a bazaar event that brought Philip Hindes to the floor. Rolling a front tub on the home straight, the tub stretched and locked the back wheel, that in-turn snagged in the pedals and down he fell. Jason Kenny was also involved in a high speed crash on the back straight during the keirin. Jumping onto his warm-up bike once un-tangled, he was awarded fourth position.
Filling Sir Chris Hoy’s shoes in the team sprint, Ed Clancy made his debut as third man riding to a respectable silver medal on the night. The only medals that the men came away with from the event.
Sir Chris Hoy himself appeared at lunchtime on the final day that saw the crowd stand to a overwhelming ovation. Although not riding himself over the weekend. He was working for the live coverage, on the BBC. Sir Chris is hoping to extend his career till the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow in 2014, where he will probably retire from the sport.
Medal Table by Event
Men’s Team Pursuit (WR: 3:51.659 – GBR London 2012)
- Gold Denmark
- Silver Germany
- Bronze Belgium
Women’s Team Sprint (WR: 32.422 – China London 2012)
- Gold Great Britain, Jess Varnish & Becky James
- Silver Spain
- Bronze France
Men’s Scratch Race *
- Gold Switzerland
- Silver Ireland, Martyn Irvine
- Bronze Netherlands
Men’s Team Sprint (WR: 42.600 – GBR London 2012)
- Gold Germany
- Silver Great Britain, Ed Clancy, Philip Hindes & Jason Kenny
- Bronze France
Women’s Team Pursuit (WR: 3:14.051 – GBR London 2012)
- Gold Great Britain, Elinor Barker, Dani King & Laura Trott
- Silver Australia
- Bronze Belarus
Women’s Sprint (WR: 10.643 Miriam Welte – Colorado Springs 2012)
- Gold Kristina Vogel,Germany
- Silver JessVarnish,Great Britain
- Bronze Becky James,Great Britain
- Gold Lucas Liss,Germany
- Silver Glenn O’Shea,Australia
- Bronze UnaiZubiaur Elorriaga,Spain
- Gold Laura Trott,Great Britain
- Silver Ashlee Ankudinoff,Australia
- Bronze Tamara Balabolina,Russia
- Gold Kristina Vogel,Germany
- Silver Ekaterina Gnidenko, Petroholding Leningrad
- Bronze Sze Wai Lee,Hong Kong
Men’s 4Km Individual Pursuit
- Gold NormanLasse Hansen,Denmark
- Silver Martyn Irvine,Ireland
- Bronze DavidJuaneda Muntaner,Spain
- Gold Steffan Boetticher,Germany
- Silver Robert Foerstemann,Germany
- Bronze Denis Dmitriev, Rusvelo
Women’s 500m TT * (WR;33.010 – Anna Meares -Australia)
- Gold Olga Panarina, Belarus
- Silver Kristina Vogel, Germany
- Bronze Tania Barbero Calvo, Spain
- Gold Stefan Boetticher,Germany
- Silver Peter Lewis, Jayco
- Bronze Takashi Sakamoto,Japan
* Non Olympic Events
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