Olympic champion Katie Archibald produced a stunning ride to win individual pursuit gold at the 2017 HSBC UK | National Track Championships on Friday.
The Olympic Champion caught Emily Nelson within the first six laps to take the British title for Team WNT as Neah Evans won bronze with victory over Emily Kay.
Six titles were decided on the first day. Lewis Oliva was crowned men’s keirin champion, Jess Crampton women’s sprint champion while Dan Bigham took the coverted men’s individual pursuit title.
Lauren Booth celebrated victory in the para-cycling C1-5 time trial while Sophie Thornhill, piloted by Corrine Hall, took the para-cycling BVI time trial crown.
I’m chuffed. It feels nice in this (British champion’s jersey), Emily (Nelson) actually qualified going out quite hard and I was gambling on the fact that she would moderate that in the next round. I gave myself six laps. I thought six laps if I’ve not made it it’s game over and I think I got her at about five and a half so it just happened.
Keirin joy for Oliva.Team USN’s Lewis Oliva took the men’s keirin title in a pulsating final in which he narrowly edged Matt Rotherham to the line, and gold.
Rotherham settled for silver while his brother Tom took bronze in a final full of talent that saw Joe Truman, Jack Carlin and Pete Mitchell miss out on the medals.
Yeah sometimes you’ve got to make the best of a bad situation you know and it’s definitely not my tactic to go out that long, I haven’t got that style of legs, I prefer it to be a little bit shorter and a little bit punchier but obviously when it pays off and you’re going into that last lap when nobody has past you yet you know you are going pretty well so yeah it’s good.
Crampton wins sprint gold. Jess Crampton beat Rachel James 2-0 to win a first British sprint title. James has qualified fastest and progressed to the final undefeated.
But there Crampton showed her tactical nous and strength to triumph. In the bronze-medal final, Sophie Capewell edged a close contest with Jessica Lee 2-1 to take the third step on the podium.
I think I did really well – if you’d have told me earlier today that I was going to win I would have been like ‘no’. I needed a bit of confidence,
Para-cycling titles decided
In the para-cycling BVI time trial, Paralympic champion Sophie Thornhill was piloted by Corrine Hall and the new pairing won gold in a factored time of 1:01.407 over the kilometre.
Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston took silver in 1:01.424. Alison Patrick and Thornhill’s pilot in Rio, Helen Scott, completed the podium with a time of 1:03.638 for bronze.
Earlier the first title of the 2017 championships was claimed by Lauren Booth as she powered to the para-cycling C1-5 time trial crown.
Booth’s factored time of 1:05.449 was enough for gold ahead of Paralympic champion Jody Cundy, who set a factored time of 1:06.210.
Alex Jones collected bronze in a time of 1:10.756.
I’m over the moon,” Booth said. “When I was told I’d made the podium I literally burst into tears because I just couldn’t believe I’d beaten one of the great Paralympians, Jody Cundy. I’ve been watching Jody’s standing starts and his efforts, and that’s what I model mine on. “It’s very special to win here.
Bigham digs deep for gold. Dan Bigham proved his endurance over 16 laps to take a popular win in the individual pursuit.
Having set the standard with the fastest qualifying ride before defeating Charlie Tanfield in a time of 4.22:545.
Ethan Hayter won bronze in a time of 4:27.607 against Matt Walls.
FC4Y Lauren Booth 1.05.449
MC4 Jody Cundy MBE 1.06.210
MC5 Alex Jones 1.10.756
MC4 George Peasgood 1.11.679
MC4 Krispin Gardiner 1.14.168
MC5 Blaine Hunt 1.15.013
MC5 David Murphy 1.15.058
MC5 Drew Walker 1.15.463
1 Sophie Thornhill & Corrine Hall 1.01.407
2 Aileen McGlynn & Louise Haston 1.01.424
3 Alison Patrick & Helen Scott 1.03.638
- Women’s Sprint (qualifying, round 1 and quarter-finals)
- Women’s Individual Pursuit (qualifying)
- Women’s Sprint (semi-finals, finals)
- Women’s Individual Pursuit (5-8 places, finals)
1 Rachel James 11.454
2 Jessica Crampton 11.472
3 Sophie Capewell 11.730
4 Jessica Lee 11.810
5 Laren Bate-Lowe 11.857
6 Brit Jackson 11.907
7 Georgia Hilleard 11.962
8 Lusia Steele 12.064
9 Lauren Quenby 12.138
10 Emma Baird 12.279
11 Alexandra Novaki 12.321
12 Lauryn Dawber 12.340
13 Esme Niblett 12.356
14 Lucy Grant 12.395
15 Rebecca Dornan 12.940
16 Paige Nutton 13.484
17 Isobel Whitely 14.459
James, Crampton, Capwell, Lee, Lauren Bate-Lowe, Jackson, Hilleard & Steele progress to the Quarter Finals.
1 Katie Archibald MBE 3.28.745
2 Emily Nelson 3.38.813
3 Neah Evans 3.39.411
4 Emily Kay 3.40.036
5 Danielle Khan 3.40.977
6 Ellie Dickinson 3.43.434
7 Dame Sarah Storey 3.46.110
8 Mellisa Lowther 3.46.663
9 Anna Morris 3.47.476
10 Rebecca Raybould 3.48.228
11 Manon Lloyd 3.48.343
12 Madeline Moore 3.49.153
13 Annasley Park 3.49.177
14 Ellie Russell 3.49.205
15 Jessica Roberts 3.49.723
16 Anna Docherty 3.50.029
Gold play-off Archibald & Nelson. Bronze play-off Evans & Kay
Gold Jessica Crampton
Silver Rachel James
Bronze Sophie Capewell
Gold Katie Archibald MBE
Silver Emily Nelson
Bronze Neah Evans
- Men’s Individual Pursuit (qualifying)
- Men’s Keirin (round 1 and repechage)
- Men’s Keirin (semi-finals, finals)
- Men’s Individual Pursuit (5-8 places, finals)
1 Daniel Bigham 4.22.023
2 Charlie Tanfield 4.22.795
3 Ethan Hayter 4.28.272
4 Matthew Halls 4.30.870
5 Matthew Bostock 4.31.004
6 Zachery May 4.31.361
7 Joe Holt 4.32.183
8 Angus Claxton 4.32.465
9 Jacob Tipper 4.33.049
10 Adam Duggleby MBE 4.34.709
11 Andy Brown 4.34.992
12 Simon Wilson 4.35.520
13 Tom Chandler 4.37.494
14 Fraser Martin 4.38.791
15 Reece Wood 4.39.037
16 Scott Burns 4.39.238
Gold play-off Bigham & Tanfield. Bronze play-off Hayter & Walls
Oliva, T Rotherham, M Rotherham, P Mitchell, Owens & Truman win their heats.
Repechage, Carlin, J Mitchell, Jolliffe, Baker, Hill & Turnbell.
Gold Lewis Oliva
Silver Matt Rotherham
Bronze Tom Rotherham
Gold Daniel Bigham
Silver Charlie Tanfield
Bronze Ethan Hayter
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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics.