Welcome to my live coverage of the 2013 World Masters Track Championships from the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Today sees the men’s individual pursuit and the men’s and women’s time-trial. Keep following here throughout the afternoon for live updates of all that is going on here.
13:55 Great to see so many different nationalities represented here. Lots of British riders will be racing, but plenty of American, Italian, Canadian, Australian, South African and Argentinian riders here too and competing well. Very strong fields across the board is making for good racing as we get through the qualifying stages for the 70 and over, 65-69 and 60-64 age categories.
14:40 Men’s individual pursuit qualifying is completed. Some good racing and some good times being set but I’m sure they will be bettered later on in the medal ride offs. Now it’s time for the ladies to take centre stage in the 500m time-trial.
14:50 35-39 women’s time-trial has been completed and the first medals of the championships have been won. It’s an Australian one-two as Jessica Laws powers her way impressively over two laps of the track to take the gold in 37.955 seconds ahead of compatriot Rebecca Wheadon who recorded 38.432. Holland’s Caroline van Herrikhuyzen wins the bronze in 38.565.
14:58 40-44 women’s time-trial and it is the first gold medal of the championships for Great Britain as Alison Chisholm take it with a storming ride of 37.108 seconds ahead of silver medalist Erin Criglington of New Zealand 38.269 and Canada’s Anna Brit Eriksen in bronze medal position who rode 39.540.
Left, the medal podium for the 35-39 women’s time-trial with gold medalist Jessica Laws of Australia on the top step.
15:07 Next up is the 45-49 women’s time-trial featuring Janet Birkmyre who has appeared on my blog a couple of times. Trying to be neutral but really rooting for her!
15:20 It’s not to be for Janet as USA’s Gea Johnson takes the gold medal in 36.415 seconds ahead of Janet Birkmyre who rode well in 37.400. USA’s Buffie Wuestlewald takes the bronze medal in a time of 38.509.
Right, the medal podium for the 45-49 women’s time-trial with Gea Johnson, who wanted to wear a stetson on the podium but decided against it as it would mess up her hair, on the top step after her ride. After the national anthem, she was handed a pink sparkly bike! A very surreal moment!
15:45 Tara Unverzagt of USA took the gold medal in the 50-54 women’s time trial so another American gold medal at these championships.
15:58 Great Britain have their second gold medal of the championships courtesy of Glynis Francis who powered her way round two laps of the track in 41.372 seconds in front of a very vocal group of supporters! They created a great atmosphere so it was a very popular victory for Glynis Francis.
16:31 Australian Geoff Stoker in 34.405 puts in a powerful ride over the 2 laps in the men’s 50-54 time-trial ahead of Great Britain’s Adrian Dent who takes the silver medal and Wil Zegers of USA wins the bronze medal. A very impressive ride by Stoker, and I think a new world best time for the age group.
16:46 David Legrys of Great Britain wins the gold medal with a really impressive ride in the 55-59 men’s time trial in a time of 34.835 seconds. Looked very smooth and super quick from the moment he left the gate and he edged out compatriot Steve Cronshaw who takes the silver. Richard Voss of USA takes the bronze medal.
Left, the podium is topped by Glynis Francis of Great Britain who is cheered by her fan club! A very popular winner of the gold medal.
17:04 Time-trialling over for the time being as the men’s individual pursuit medal races begin. Starting with the Over 75s.
17:07 David Sankey of Great Britain takes the bronze medal match with a catch after 1350m or so. Very comfortable ride for Sankey.
17:11 It’s going to be a Great Britain 1-2-3 on the podium for the Over 75s men’s 2000m individual pursuit. Sankey wins the bronze while it is a close race for the gold medal between Brain Dacey and Gordon Johnston. Dacey takes the spoils though by just 0.409 seconds with Johnston closing the gap lap by lap. Good racing. Now for the 70-74 age category men’s pursuit.
17:19 The bronze medal goes to Peter Robertson of Great Britain. No catch but a he had a very comfortable lead from start to finish in the bronze medal match. Now for the ride to decide who takes gold and silver.
17:22 All-American ride off for the gold medal but it is a very easy win for Leo Menestrina who looked like he was on for the catch but visibly eased off to cruise home to the gold medal. Michael Williams takes the silver medal with Robertson finishing off the medal podium.
17:26 Now it’s the 65-69 men’s pursuit. Great Britain’s David Rutherford takes the bronze medal by over 2.5 seconds ahead of Jack Kelso of USA.
17:30 New Zealand have a gold medalist in the form of Colin Claxton who takes the 65-69 individual pursuit by seeing off Graham Truelove of Great Britain by just over two seconds.
17:36 Patrick Gellineau of the USA beats his compatriot David Mulica to the bronze medal in the men’s 60-64 individual pursuit. Always in the lead and held on to the end by a margin of three seconds.
17:40 Gold again for Great Britain as Steve Davies makes a superb comeback to overturn Australia’s David Gomer’s advantage. Gomer led the way for 1650m of the 2000m but Davies stormed back to take the gold medal in the final lap and a half of the 60-64 men’s individual pursuit.
That’s the pursuiting action over for today. Just the men’s time-trial finals to finish off the day’s action here at the National Cycling Centre.
18:28 A Great Britain 1-2 as Bruce Croall smashes the world best time for the 1000m time trial to take the gold medal in a time of 1:03.252 ahead of Britain’s Ben Elliott in silver medal position and a jubilant Dario Zampieri (in the pit next to me) taking bronze.