Archive for March, 2008

Australia collects two medals but surrender World Record to Great Britain
Australia has collected two bronze medals, ensured the maximum number of places for the men’s sprint events in Beijing and seen their teams pursuit world record fall to the crack British quartet on an eventful day two of the 2008 UCi Track Cycling World Championships.

Reigning Olympic Champions Brad McGee, Graeme Brown and Luke Roberts reunited and, with 2006 World Champion Mark Jamieson making up the four, rode a time of 4min00.089sec to defeat New Zealand in a trans-Tasman ride off for the bronze medal in the 4km teams pursuit.

The Australians were more than a second ahead of their rivals after the first kilometre and steadily increased their lead throughout which proved crucial when with two laps to go the well drilled precision of the Australians fell apart.
Brown’s concentration was so intense that he didn’t realise Roberts had pulled out after doing his job leaving his three team mates to finish it off and mistimed his final changeover where the rider on the front swings up the banking of the track before swinging back down to rejoin on the back wheel of the last rider. Continue Reading »

Bradley Wiggins wins gold in World Track Cycling 2008 Manchester:-

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Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International:

Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins (GB) Wins Gold In Pursuit (3)
Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins (GB) Wins Gold In Pursuit (3)


World Track Cycling France Win Team Sprint Great Britain 2nd
France Win Team Sprint

Great Britain 2nd
Great Britain gets Second in Team Sprint

Malaysian rider Awang in Men Sprint
Malaysian rider Awang in Men Sprint

Malaysian rider Josiah Ng in Men Sprint
Malaysian rider Josiah Ng in Men Sprint

Great Britain Team Pursuit, lead by Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins
Great Britain Team Pursuit, lead by Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins

A quick note – I think Taylor has finished 8th against the big boys – his ride was against former double world champion Escobar – who was leading him until the last 1/2 kilometer apx (two laps) when Taylor found a lot more and accelerated.

World Track Cycling 2008 , Taylor Phinney
Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International

Taylor set an unofficial world record at 3kms in 3m 17.52 (old rec 3m 17.77s).

Its is unofficial at the moment because it was set during a 4km ride.

It is up to the UCI to see whether it is granted to him. Also he has accumalated enough points with his 8th place to qualify for Beijing according to Connie.

Men’s individual pursuit:

Qualifying

1 Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands) 4.16.34;
2 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 4.17.02;
3 Alexei Markov (Russian Federation) 4.18.24;
4 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) 4.18.33;
5 Bradley McGee (Australia) 4.20.43;
6 David O’Loughlin (Ireland) 4.20.91;
7 Luke Roberts (Australia) 4.21.89;
8 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 4.22.36;
9 Antonio Tauler Llull (Spain) 4.22.65;
10 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) 4.22.73.

Top two race off for gold and silver/third and fourth for bronze.

Pezula’s David O’Loughlin from Cong, Co. Mayo smashed the Irish four kilometer Individual Pursuit record at the World Track Championships in Manchester yesterday.

His chance of representing Ireland in the Olympic Games in Beijing is unsure after yesterday’s ground breaking improvment at the discipline. It will be settled today after the team pursuit championship is run off.

He finished sixth of the 25 world class competitors His time for 16 laps at the Velodrome was 4 minutes 20 seconds and that timing lowered his previous best by four seconds a standard he set last year. Continue Reading »

McGee closing in on Beijing berth

Olympic and World Champion, Brad McGee, moved a step closer to his goal of a fourth Olympic Games berth with a solid performance in the individual pursuit on day one of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

McGee was the fifth fastest in qualifying, missing a chance to ride off for a medal, but posting his fastest time since 2004 when he claimed silver in the event at the Athens Olympic Games along with gold in the teams pursuit.

He completed the four kilometre distance in a time of 4min20.430sec more than ten seconds faster than the time he rode at January’s Los Angeles World Cup and Cycling Australia Head Track Coach, Martin Barras, predicts he will continue to improve. Continue Reading »

Ciaran Power of the Pezula Racing Team emphasised to one and all at the Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers Ras Mumhan that when it comes to winning it has to be associated with management and team work.

That showed throughout the four days of racing with Ciaran taking the overall with three stages and his Australian team mate Cameron Jennings who admitted to me that it was soft weather compared to Belgium winning into Cahirsiveen on Saturday afternoon. And to give credit where credit is due, the master of ceremonies at the prize giving Ted Crowley mentioned everything from A to Z that is associated with the promotion of bike racing. I could list everything, but the time you reached the final words you would have switched out the lights and gone to bed! You can have everything in place, but without competitors we could all go home! Ciaran would be the first to admit that his win was driven on by ALL the competitors to the first and last man. They made the race. Continue Reading »

David O’Loughlin

The hopes and aspirations of David O’Loughlin from Cong getting an automatic place on the track for the Olympic Games in Beijing rest at the World Cycling Championships in the Velodrome at Manchester today.(Wednesday)
He is participating in the four kilometre individual pursuit against the best in the world. Currently he is placed tenth on the world ranking ladder.

David O’Loughlin

“I know it is make or break time, but at the last world cup event in Copenhagen last month, I just missed out on a Bronze medal. Those ranking points achieved in Denmark have afforded me the window of opportunity to realise the dream of any cyclist representing their country,” said David. Continue Reading »

Fresh from his victory in Carrick-on-Suir last Monday (St. Patrick’s Day for the Carraig Cabs Cup), Ciaran Power yesterday set the tone for the Pauline Sugrue Ras Mumhan over four days. He soloed home to victory ahead of Tino Haakman from Holland with Sean Lacey in third place.

Conditions for the first stage sponsored by the Earl of Desmond Hotel in Tralee were not ideal, but the cyclists, once on their bikes were eager to get on with the business of racing from Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Shortly before Fossa six miles into the event the dye was cast when Power of the Pezula Racing Team, Mark Cassidy An Post and Sean Lacey of EurobabyEuroCycles were ahead.

Definitely the trio were moving along at great pace, but the bunch were still moving swiftly and were containing their advantage in the 40 second zone. On the approach to Killarney the first nightmare for any competitor and particularly when he is at the head of affairs struck, when Mark Cassidy had mechanical trouble and dropped of the lead group. He changed bikes with his team mate Ronan McLoughlin and quickly regained the bunch on the far side of Killarney. To add further woe to Mark’s plight of being at the head of the race he found himself and the remainder of the team at the front of the bunch keeping the memento going. Continue Reading »