2013 UCI Track World Championships
Minsk Arena, Belarus
The British trio, Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker secured yet another World Team Pursuit title against the Australian line up of Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson. The Canadians, Gillian Carleton, Jasmin Glaesser and Laura Brown secured the bronze ahead of Poland.
The British team have been unbeaten for two years and despite every effort the Australians could not beat them. This is the final 3x3000m event with the changes to 4 x 4000m for next year. All three countries are already trying out combinations and training at the longer distance. With both the British and Australian team fielding riders all under 21 the future of endurance racing is looking strong for both nations.
Wai Sze Lee (HongKong) became the new 500m Time Trial World Champion for the first time. In a strong performance Lee dominated from the start to finish of her ride. The silver medal was won by the German Miriam Welte ahead of early leader Rebecca James (GBR).
With multiple time World Champion Anna Meares, Australia missing from competition a new World 500m Time Trial champion was crowned. James started first and set the early pace. She held onto the lead despite some fast times from Lisandra Guerra Rodrigues (CUB) and Russian Anastasiia Voinova. Lee was third last to start and looked strong. She beat James by .150 seconds. Welte, was last to start and took the first 250m faster than Lee. It was the second half of the race that Welte slowed to miss out on the gold by .023 seconds.
Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker (GRB) were very happy with
yet another World title, “It was hard work but it seemed to flow
really nicely and we were really pleased with that,” said Trott,
who, like King, has won three consecutive World Championship golds in the
event. "We changed a few things after qualification to make
things a little bit smoother and easier and it really paid off in the
If someone thought they couldn't cope on the front they came off. It tops
it off for us. To win the race the last time it will be as a 3km is
have lost only once at a World Championship – to the Australians in 2010
– and were determined to go out on a high. Now for the Omnium. “My
legs feel good so bring it on,” Trott said.
for a few weeks of enthusiastic partying straight after the Olympics,
Trott and King have scarcely paused for breath since London, winning the
Glasgow World Cup with Barker in November and then embarking on long
training camps in Western Australia and Majorca as well as joining a new
road team, Wiggle Honda.
been tough making a big effort again straight after the Olympics, but this
World Championship and the rainbow jersey mean everything,” King
said. “We had to get back to work but it paid off. The Australians
went off hard, as they have done in the past, so it was just a case of
staying composed and keeping that speed ticking over.”
for Barker, she is living the dream and will move to Manchester in October
to become a full-time cyclist. “I’ve been a senior for only two
months, I’m overwhelmed really,” she said.
“I was very nervous so I just pretended I was back at the Manchester velodrome doing a training effort. It was only when we crossed the line that I realised I that it was Minsk and we had just won the World Championship.”
Edmondson, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins and Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS)
silver medal for Australia. It was a huge disappointment for the team who
believed this year, was the year to beat the British team. "I
am gutted to be honest," said Hoskins. "I really
thought we were good enough to beat them this year," added a
very upset Hoskins.
Becky James (GBR), is enjoying this year’s championships. Having already won bronze in the team sprint. James lined up in the 500m time trial. “I knocked off six-tenths of a second, so I’m really happy with that,” said James, who goes in the sprint today. “I wasn’t worried being the first starter, you can only ever focus on your own performance, not on anyone else’s. I just wanted to get everything out on the track, although it was a bit agonising at the end waiting for everybody to go. I’m excited now about what I can do in the sprint. I haven’t raced with such good form for a while.”
500m Time Trial
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