British Cycling – National Track Championships – Day 3

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Qualifying

Jessica Lee from Glasgow Rapide TCT set the day three afternoon session underway in the Women’s Sprint Qualifying event with a 12.796 ride. Defending Champion Jessica Varnish, last to set about qualifying, could only manage a third place with a 11.370.

It was Danielle Khan that qualified in first position posting a respectable 11.349 with Victoria Williamson second at 11.358 & Katy Marchant fourth 11.400.

1 Danielle Khan 11.349

2 Victoria Williamson 11.358

3 Jessica Varnish 11.370

4 Katy Marchant 11.400

5 Helen Scott 11.724

6 Lauren Quenby 12.308

7 Hannah Blount 12.439

8 Crystal Lane 12.508

9 Laura Clode 12.655

10 Neah Evans 12.701

11 Jessica Lee 12.796

12 Sophie Black 13.507

 

Danielle Khan, Victoria Williamson, Jessica Varnish, Katy Marchant, Helen Scott & Lauran Quenby ride through round one of the Women’s Sprint Event.

The Velodrome is lifted with the chorus of children enjoying an afternoon out cheering the riders as they past the home straight.

Khan, Williamson, Varnish & Marchant go through to the semi finals.

The Women’s Individual Pursuit saw World Champion Joanna Rowsell drop into third place for tonight’s finals. Both Katie Archibald & defending champion Laura Trott will go head-to-head for the Gold Medal. Rowsell will ride for Bronze Medal against Elinor Barker.

1 Katie Archibald 3:34.471

2 Laura Trott 3:34.814

3 Joanna Rowsell 3:36.593

4 Elinor Barker 3:37.876

5 Ciara Horne 3:38.196

6 Dani King 3:40.064

7 Dame Sarah Story 3:41.556

8 Anna Turvey 3:44.811

9 Amy Roberts 3:45.919

10 Emily Kay 3:49.306

11 Hayley Simmonds 3:52.269

12 Madeline Moore 3:56.341

13 Niki Kovacs 3:59.243

14 Brit Tate 4:00.363

15 Sophie Lankford 4:04.759

16 Ruth Taylor 4:05.817

17 Jennifer McAndrew 4:07.639

18 Kiera McVitty 4:10.882

19 Jessica Hill 4:12.579

 

Open 4000m  Qualifying (NR: Chris Boardman 4.11.114)

Andrew Tennant secures his Gold Medal ride off against Steven Burke in tonight’s 4000m individual pursuit. Jon Dibben & Mark Christian will ride for the final podium place.

National Track Championships 2014 | Andrew Tennant

Andy Tennant – ©www.chrismaher.co.uk

1 Andrew Tennant 4:21.468

2 Steven Burke 4:26.503

3 Jonathan Dibben 4:27.102

4 Mark Christian 4:27.421

5 Oliver Wood 4:29.242

6 Mark Stewart 4:29.528

7 Chris Latham 4:30.311

8 Germain Burtain 4:30.689

9 Silas Goldsworthy 4:38.524

10 Alex Minting 4:38.977

11 Harry Tanfield 4:39.851

12 Tom Ward 4:40.589

13 Andrew Stuart 4:41.397

14 Jon Mould 4:41.533

15 Alex Paton 4:42.261

16 Adam Duggleby 4:43.113

17 Scott Burns 4:43.573

18 Alistair Rutherford 4:44.471

19 Kyle Gordon 4:45.310

20 Chris Lawless 4:45.886

21 Nicholas English 4:46.661

22 Edmund Bradbury 4:47295

23 Peter Anderson 4:47.856

24 Gavin Murty 4:50.625

25 Jacob Tipper 4:50.861

26 Jonathan Gildea 4:51.536

27 Jack Green 4:52.106

28 Ashley Martin 4:52.625

29 Alan Thomson 4:53.360

30 Joe Andrews 4:58.398

31 Deacon Cutterham 4:59.361

32 Jaco Van Gass 5:04.102

33 Brendan Drewett 5:11.756

National Track Championships 2014

34 Howard Heighton 5:23.162

35 Robert Bishop 5:26.042

 

Evening Finals

Para-cycling Flying Start 200m Time Trial Medals

2010 Holder: Jon-Allan Butterworth WR 11.105

2011 Holder: Jon-Allan Butterworth WR 10.897 MC5

2012 Holder: Mark Colbourne WR 11.105 MC1

2013 Holder: Crystal Lane

National Track Championships 2014

2014 Results:

  • Gold – Jaco Van GassMC412.314
  • Silver – Lauren Booth FC4 12.485
  • Bronze – Matthew Hamilton MC5 12.666

Para-cycling Mixed BVI Flying Start 200m Time Trial Medals

  • Gold – Sophie Thornhill & Rachael James
  • Silver  – Neil Fachie & Peter Mitchell
  • Bronze – Laura Cluxton & Louise Haston

National Track Championships 2014Women’s 3000m Pursuit Medals (Non Olympic Event)

2009 Holder: Sarah Storey 3:40.147

2010 Holder: Wendy Hovenaghel 3:31.555

2011 Holder: Joanna Rowsell

2012 Holder: Lucy Garner

2013 Holder: Laura Trott OBE

2014 Results:

  • Gold – Katie Archibald
  • Silver – Laura Trott
  • Bronze – Joanna Rowsell

Steven Burke trailed Andrew Tennant in this mornings qualifying by almost five seconds. Setting off at a blistering place in his ride for Gold against Tennant, at one point had him in his sights for that elusive early catch. Tennant kept his machine-like pace, and by the midway point had turned the table, with Burke now in his sights. Burke’s legs were buckling by this point, so it didn’t take much longer for Andrew Tennant, to catch, and take the Championship Jersey.

National Track Championships 2014Open 4000m Pursuit Medal (Non Olympic Event)

2008 Holder: Steven Burke

2009 Holder: Geraint Thomas 4:18.241

2010 Holder: Peter Kennaugh 4:25.215

2011 Holder: Steven Burke

2012 Holder: Owain Doull

2013 Holder: Ed Clancy MBE

2014 Results:

  • Gold – Andrew Tennant
  • Silver – Steven Burke
  • Bronze – Jonathan Dibben

National Track Championships 2014Women’s Sprint Medals (Olympic Event)

2008 Holder: Victoria Pendleton

2009 Holder: Victoria Pendleton 10.984

2010 Holder: Victoria Pendleton 11.067

2011 Holder: Rebecca James

2012 Holder: Rebecca James

2013 Holder: Jessica Varnish

2014 Results:

  • Gold – Jessica Varnish
  • Silver – Katy Marchant
  • Bronze – Victoria Williamson

National Track Championships 2014Open Keirin Medals (Olympic Event)

2008 Holder: Matt Crampton

2009 Holder: Sir Chris Hoy MBE

2010 Holder: Ross Edgar

2011 Holder: Sir Chris Hoy MBE

2012 Holder: Matt Crampton

2013 Holder: Jason Kenny OBE

2014 Results:

  • Gold – Callum Skinner
  • Silver – Matt Crampton
  • Bronze – Lewis Oliva

Official National Track Championship Website & Live Updates

Results by British Cycling

 

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2014 British Cycling National Track Championships Day One

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 2014 British Cycling National Track Championships - Day 1 - National Track Centre, Manchester, England - Wiggle Honda in action (Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell) during the Women's Team Pursuit qualification.

©Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 24/09/2014 – Wiggle Honda in action (Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell) Women’s Team Pursuit qualification.

Results from day one of competition at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester where the Wiggle Honda quartet of Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker successfully defended their team pursuit title, the 100% ME team of Germain Burton, Chris Latham, Chris Lawless and Oliver Wood took gold in the men’s team pursuit and there were victories for double para-cycling world champions Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James (pilot) in the para-cycling time trial (BVI mixed) and 13-year-old Lauren Booth in the para-cycling time trial (C1-5 mixed).

 

Women’s Team Pursuit

Gold: Wiggle Honda (Elinor Barker, Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott 4.27.324

Silver: Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International (Katie Archibald, Ciara Horne, Dame Sarah Storey and Anna Turvey 4.33.657

 

5M3A4557Men’s Team Pursuit

Gold: 100% ME (Germain Burton, Christopher Latham, Christopher Lawless, Oliver Wood) 4.09.120

Silver: NFTO (Jonathan Mould, Russell Downing, Samuel Harrison, Adam Blythe) caught in 2.57.483

Bronze: The Rigmar Racers (Alistair Rutherford, Philip Trodden, Finlay Young and Ryan Fenwick 4.38.457

 

Para-cycling Time Trial

C1-5 Mixed 500m/1000m

Gold: Lauren Booth (Newport Youth Velo CC 40.654 (factored time 1.06.784)

Silver: Jonathan Gildea (Seamons CC) 1.09.835 (factored time 1.09.835)

Bronze: Jaco van Gass (Team Battle Back) 1.13.131 (factored time 1.12.085)

 

2014 British Cycling National Track ChampionshipsBVI Mixed 1000m

Gold: Sophie Thornhill (Performance Cycle Coaching) and Rachel James (pilot) (Aberygavenny RC) 1.09.804 (factored time 1.01.225)

Silver: Neil Fachie (Performance Cycle Coaching) and Peter Mitchell (pliot) (Performance Cycle Coaching) 1.01.953 (factored time 1.01.953)

Bronze: Laura Cluxton (Rock And Road Cycles) and Louise Haston (pilot) (City of Edinburgh RC) 1.14.032 (factored time 1.04.933)

 

The championships continue. Tickets are still available for a selection of sessions across Friday 26 – Sunday 28 September at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/britishcycling

 

Full results:

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2015 Tour of Yorkshire Official Launch – Yorkshire’s Cycling Legacy Begins

3 days before the Tour de France Grand Départ,
the legacy is already underway …

Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) supported by British Cycling have submitted an application to the UCI for a new, world class professional cycle race in Yorkshire.

If approved by the world’s governing body, the provisionally titled ”Tour of Yorkshire” will be a three-day race and its inaugural edition will run from 1 – 3 May 2015.

Based on the strong collaboration that has been built up between Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO for the Grand Départ and working in partnership with British Cycling, the race will be a 2.1 UCI Europe Tour event, guaranteeing the participation of some of the world’s leading cyclists and providing a fitting legacy to this year’s Tour de France visit in “God’s own County”. Indeed, the organisers are strongly committed to create what shall become “a breathtaking new race in a region made for cycling”.

Beyond the discovery of the entire Yorkshire County, certainly beyond the routes of the Tour de France Grand Départ, and an impactful promotion through international TV coverage, a strong focus will be put on not only sustaining, but further increasing the already outstanding enthusiasm for cycling in the UK. All three entities are therefore committed to creating a sustainable event which will also help grow the sport of cycling both in Yorkshire and nationally.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France added: “Alongside the public interest for cycling, highlighted by the Grand Départ, Yorkshire boasts beautiful breathtaking scenery worthy of any of the cycling season’s major events. It therefore seems perfectly natural for Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and ASO to continue working together in this new land of cycling, through the Tour of Yorkshire. In particular, this three-day stage race will offer television viewers worldwide the opportunity to continue discovering the splendid landscapes of this English region, a journey started by the Tour de France, whose Grand Départ this year will remain its founding act.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “When we bid to host the Tour de France we did so in the knowledge that this would be the start of a long relationship with ASO. So I am delighted to be able to announce this exciting new race for Yorkshire. Our county is a new cycling heartland of Europe and we look forward to welcoming back some of the world’s best riders in Yorkshire in less than 12 months’ time.”

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycle Sport said: “We will await the decision of the UCI but I am confident that ASO and Welcome to Yorkshire will create a world-class event attractive to the best teams in cycling. What is more, all three organisations are committed to ensuring the race delivers lasting benefits to cycling by engaging more fans for our great sport and by encouraging more people to get active by getting on their bikes. What is common to all our events work is a determination that they inspire participation in the sport and support the network of volunteers upon whom cycling is reliant at every level.”

 

Women’s Cycling – A Grassroots’ Perspective

Women's Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

Women’s Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

The Women’s Tour hits Britain for the first time this week, with some of the best international female riders racing for the first time in the UK since the 2012 Olympic Games.

There has been a large amount of media coverage in relation to this and for good reason.

However, anybody who believes that women’s domestic cycling has made a huge move forwards in the UK is sadly mistaken.  Yes, there is a Women’s Tour, which offers parity on prize money and conditions with that of the Tour of Britain, but the reality is that, for the moment at least, any woman who races on the UK domestic scene and is not part of the Great Britain performance programme (which is a track-based programme), is highly unlikely to get the opportunity to ride in the likes of the Women’s Tour and La Course by the TDF.

Ultimately, women’s cycling in the UK is still a side show, an afterthought.  Despite Brian Cookson setting up a women’s commission at the UCI, there is no such thing within the UK.  Whilst some of the greatest female cyclists are arriving in the UK to take part in the inaugural Women’s Tour, the women who race on the domestic scene will quite often find themselves being put with the novice fourth category men, which is an experience that is unlikely to entice the women to come back the following week!  There are a few committed people in the cycling scene who disproportionately hard to be inclusive towards women’s participation, however, these are few and far between, and lack key support.

Women's Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

Women’s Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

Nobody can deny that the Breeze programme has been a success in so far as it encourages more women to ride bikes.  But the Breeze programme is based on participation, not competition, and there is no real pathway to bridge between the two. The strategy as far as competition is concerned is practically non-existent, despite the numbers that British Cycling quote in relation to the increase in licences.  Ultimately, women’s competitive cycling in the UK on the domestic scene is an amateur sport, which means that it is run by volunteers. There is no money for “competition” because despite what you read (which can seem like propaganda quite honestly), cycling is run by men ergo the sport will always be seen from a male perspective.

So, what is the way forward?

Well, it is true, there has been progress in the last 12 months, with many more road racing opportunities for women, but these forward-thinking organisers need our help and support. Domestic events are all run by volunteers and everybody who wants to race (whether they are male or female) has to understand that it costs money to put a race on – if a race can’t at a minimum break even, then why should an organiser make a loss?

One problem with the circuit races that seem to be prolific in the UK for women is that they cost very little to run – there is a levy per entry (approximately £4 per rider) and then you have the hire of the circuit (usually between £50 and £150 depending on how long you need the circuit for) and the expenses of the commissaires for attending (usually two at closed circuit) and the first aider, but nothing much besides.  This means that you can have five riders in an event and potentially break even.

Road racing, on the other hand, can be expensive – not only do you have the levy per rider, but you then also have first aid, National Escort Group (motorbike marshals), petrol money for all officials who use their cars, for the lead car and neutral service (the cost of which increases the longer the race), as well as the hire of the headquarters.  Before you know it, the cost of putting on an event is at £350 and that’s before you add in prize money.  So that means that you need at least 25 to 30 riders before you even start to break even.

Women's Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

Women’s Road Series | Cheshire Classic ©CyclingShorts / www.chrismaher.co.uk

So please, ladies, if you want to have road races in your region, please give the organisers the support they deserve and enter in advance as often as you can afford to and don’t rely on the ability to turn up and enter on the day (the latter will hopefully become more difficult as racing gets more popular and races fill up in advance).  There have been far too many races this season that have been cancelled or nearly cancelled due to lack of rider entries – you need to take some responsibility and enter in advance – our sport is run by volunteers who cannot afford to make a loss, so please enter in good time!

My final point reverts back to the fact that competitive cycling is run, for the most part, by men.  Until such time that women start to volunteer in larger numbers, whether that be as race officials or race organisers, and start to make their voices heard by taking their place on the Regional British Cycling Boards, there will be no significant changes.  I appreciate that for most people, offering to organise a race or becoming an official can be a daunting task, and I will have more news in the coming weeks for people who want to do just that.

Ultimately, women’s cycling is becoming more popular, we just need to ensure that it continues to grow in the correct way on a domestic level.

 

 

 

Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits

It’s been a few years since bike racing hit the Prom in Blackpool, but this year the Lewis Balyckyi Memorial Crits have left the Palatine circuit and have moved on to the Prom at Bispham.  Further details can be found below:

Blackpool Crits Flyer 2014Organiser Jerrod Hartley has been working extremely hard behind the scenes to secure the use of the Prom to ensure that the day will be one not to be missed!  All profits from the races and the raffle will go towards the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund, which is a registered charity (registered charity number 1150807) that raises money to help aspiring athletes fulfill their dreams and potential as cyclists.

The event is supported by Smiths Equipment Hire who have a variety of offers for those supporting the event, which are detailed below:

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If this event sounds like something you want to get involved in, you can enter on the British Cycling website at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/106716/The-Lewis-Balyckyi-Memorial-Crits-2014

You can also keep up to date with news of the event via Facebook or Twitter

A day out in Blackpool racing on the Prom! What’s not to like?

Shrewsbury Grand Prix – Equal Prize Money for Men & Women

There’s a new race in town on 25 May 2014 and it promises to be something quite special.

If you were thinking about the Milk Race and are now worried that you might not get a ride, then do not fear, because help is here in the form of Shrewsbury Grand Prix.

But that doesn’t mean that it is any less worthy than the Milk Race – the Shrewsbury Grand Prix boasts equal prize money for men and women – and with a prize fund of £1,300 for the women’s race alone, it looks set to be a great event with equally great prizes!  This is a fantastic opportunity for the women, as it is likely that the top riders will be at the Milk Race due to the potential TV coverage for their sponsors.

Shrewsbury GP flyerThe event has a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account and has also produced a promotional video

So what prizes are on offer?  The British Cycling link to the event (where you can also enter) has the details, but to whet your appetite, I can confirm the details are as follows:

Pure Communications Women Only

£1300 Prize Fund

1st £500 + Set of Bontrager Race Wheels RRP £250 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

2nd £300 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

3rd £150 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

4th £100     5th £80     6th £60     7th £40     8th £30     9th £20     10th £10

 

Cooper Green Amateur Crit (for 2nd/3rd/4th category men)

race schedule£400 Prize Fund

1st £100 + £150 Altura Clothing Voucher + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

2nd £80 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

3rd £60 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

4th £50     5th £35     6th £25     7th £15     8th £15     9th £10     10th £10

 

Stan Cycles Pro Crit (for Elite/1st/2nd/3rd cat men)

£1300 Prize Fund

1st £500 + Cateye GPS Computer RRP £90 + + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

2nd £300 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

3rd £150 + Pair of Tifosi Podium Glasses RRP £60

4th £100     5th £80     6th £60     7th £40     8th £30     9th £20     10th £10

In addition there is a £600 prize fund available for primes within the 3 races.

Thats a total cash prze fund of £3,600!!!

The organiser, Ben Lawrence, has a set of great sponsors – Stan’s Cycles, Pure Communications, Cooper Green Pooks (Estate Agents), and Beaumont Lawrence (Chartered Insurance Brokers) who have supported the event by providing these fantastic prizes.

For further information relating to the race schedule and the course layout, see below:

The event looks set to be a great afternoon, and there are plans to get the family involved, which will really make a great day.  Keep up to date with the event on their Facebook and Twitter accounts and let’s hope the event gets the support that it most definitely deserves!

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