Wednesday 16 March 2011

The long drive down to Montichiarri in Italy for the UCI Para-Cycling World Track Championships was well worth it as the GB team came away with 9 gold medals. Inspirational performances from the likes of Jody Cundy, Sarah Storey and Battle Back heroes, Tel Bryne & Jon-Allan Butterworth, made for an exciting and emotional 3 days of competition. Tandem pairings, Barney Storey, Anthony Kappes, & Craig Maclean, Neil Fachie went head to head in the Kilo and the Match Sprint, Maclean & Fachie came out on top both times but were made to work really hard by Storey& Kappes, as one famous cyclist once said "No Gifts". Jody Cundy, Tel Bryne & Darren Kenny broke the world record winning the team sprint, it was kennys third gold adding to the two in the Kilo and the 3km Pursuit, where he lead a British 1-2-3 with Sean Mckeon and Rik Waddon. Cundy also went home with 3 medals, gold in the Kilo in world record time and silver in the 4km pursuit along with the team sprint. Ex-service men Tel Bryne and Jon -Allan Butterworth, have certainly faced tougher challenges and both excelled, Tel winning silver in the Kilo and Gold in the team sprint and Jon, holding back the tears on the podium as he picked up the gold medal after his Record breaking ride in the kilo. Fiona Duncan piloted Lora Turnham to a fine silver medal in the pursuit, there is undoubtedly more in the tank and Helen Scott and Aileen Mcglyn went agonisingly close, having to settle for silver. Sarah Storey was imperious, taking gold in the 500m time trial and the 3km pursuit, Sarah has missed selection for the able bodied worlds later this month but few would bet against her being at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London next year. The GB team dominated these championships and secured precious qualification points for London 2012, something to think about on the long drive home.

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