British National Track Champs

 

British National Track Championships – Day 1: 500m TT

 

World Team Sprint Silver Medallist Jess Varnish posted a lifetime best time of 34.500 to take the 500m TT title on the opening night of the British National Track Championships at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Varnish was the penultimate rider to go after World Team Pursuit Champion Laura Trott laid down an impressive early time. Becky James, who was last to ride, failed to depose Varnish from top spot, but did enough to comfortably take silver.

 

Jess Varnish tt 

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RESULTS

1 VARNISH Jessica Halesowen A & CC 34.5 52.174 kmh

2 JAMES Rebecca Abergavenny RC 35.142 51.221 kmh

3 TROTT Laura 100% ME 35.98 50.028 kmh

 

British National Track Championships – Day 2: Individual Pursuit

 

Former World Team Pursuit Champion Joanna Rowsell won the Women’s Individual pursuit as she put in a gutsy performance to defeat fellow GB teammate Laura Trott in a closely fought contest for Gold. Wendy Houvenaghel also narrowly beat Sarah Storey for the Bronze medal but there was consolation for the Para Cycling World Champion in the knowledge she’d broken a world record for the C5 class.

 

In the gold medal ride off Rowsell opened with a storming first kilometre, inside Rebecca Romero's British record time. At 2km Rowsell had slipped outside a record time but was three seconds ahead of Trott on the track. At the bell the gap had come down slightly, but the die was cast and Rowsell had the title in the bag.

 

Jo Rowsell National Pursuit Champion

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RESULTS

Gold ROWSELL Joanna Horizon Fitness 3.30.434

Silver TROTT Laura 100%ME 3.33.272

Bronze HOUVENAGHEL Wendy Bikechain - Ricci 3.32.283

4 STOREY Sarah Horizon Fitness 3.33.246 (WR - C5 Paracyling Category)

 

 

British National Track Championships – Day 3: Sprint

 

GB’s young sprint duo Becky James and Jess Varnish battled it out in the final of the Women’s Sprint event, but James produced a performance that signalled the rapid strength in her development over the last year, as she prevailed to win 2-0 overall and with it become the National Sprint Champion. The Welsh rider put in two very rapid final laps to hold off Varnish - the first after diving under her opponent, the second leading out from the front.

 

Becky James National Sprint Champion

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RESULTS

Gold Rebecca James Abergavenny

Silver Jessica Varnish Halesowen A & CC

Bronze Victoria Williamson Welwyn Whlrs

4 Jessica Crampton Sport City Velo 2 - 0

 

Jess Varnish and Becky James sprint 

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British National Track Championships – Day 3: Points

 

There was a high calibre field in the Women’s Points race with World Champions a plenty all in action, including recently crowned Junior Road World Champion Lucy Garner, but it was Lizzie Armitstead who finally prevailed, taking the gold medal ahead of Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell. Armitstead and Trott looked like the early favourites and so it prevailed as Armitstead attacked at regular intervals, proving too strong for her opponents.

 

Laura Trott and Lizzie Armitsted set the early pace moving smoothly into double figures after four sprints.  Joanna Rowsell then launched a fine solo attack, which forced Trott and Armitstead to respond, ripping the field apart in the process. These two went after and joined Rowsell, just as she was starting to wilt, forming a quality trio.

 

However, the next sprint split them, with Armitstead going alone and making the bridge to the main field very quickly. She then injected pace into the field, making Trott and Rowsell work very hard to maintain their effort to also gain a lap. This they eventually did, followed by Dani King and Corinne Hall, the defending champion.

 

With 40 laps to go the race briefly settled down. Armitstead took the next sprint from Trott, over whom she then had a one point gap and this pair were pulling clear of the rest and looking the strongest two riders by a distance.

 

Another two wins gave Armitstead a six point lead over Trott who was second with just two more sprints to come.  Armitstead won one of these with Rowsell taking the final sprint to claim bronze, with Trott second.

 

Points Race Podium L-R Laura Trott, L:izzie Armitstead, Jo Rowsell 

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RESULTS

1. Elizabeth Armitstead Garmin - Cervelo Women's Team 58 points

2. Laura Trott Moving Ladies Groenewoud Team R & TC 50

3. Joanna Rowsell Horizon Fitness - Prendas Ciclismo 36

4. Dani King Horizon Fitness - Prendas Ciclismo 31

5. Corrine Hall Team Corridori 28

 

 

British National Track Championships – Day 4: Team Sprint

 

Jess Varnish continued her good form of the week as she became a National Team Sprint Champion alongside Victoria Pendleton. The World Silver medallists were in a class of their own from the outset and Varnish in particular will be delighted with her form from the outset having set a 19 sec first lap in qualifying. City of Edinburgh's Jenny Davis and Kayleigh Brogan were comfortably the second best outfit, deserving their silver medal ahead of XRT Elmy Cycles' Janet Birkmyre & Cassie Gledhill.

 

Pendleton announced afterwards it was to be her last National Championships meaning she has just a hatful of competitions left before she makes her cycling bow at the Olympics in August. Asked how many medals she’d won at National events, she said: “It could be something around 30, I don’t actually know, it weighs about 5 kilos in medals, so yeah, it’s a reinforced shopping bag, hidden away somewhere at the bottom of the wardrobe.”

 

RESULTS

Gold: North West Region PENDLETON Victoria & VARNISH Jessica 33.541

beat

Silver: City of Edinburgh RC BROGAN Kayleigh & DAVIS Jenny 35.300

Bronze: Janet Birkmyre & Cassie Gledhill XRT Elmy Cycles 37.457

beat

VC St Raphael A BRITTEN Marianne VC & TYSON-BLOOR Adel VC 39.782

 

 

British National Track Championships – Day 4: Scratch

 

In an entertaining Women’s Scratch race which again contained some of GB’s best endurance riders, Lizzie Armitstead narrowly beat off competition from Team Pursuit World Champions Dani King and Laura Trott. Going into the final lap, Armitstead timed her sprint perfectly on the line to take the gold medal, adding to her win from the points race on Friday.

 

Having gained a lap with five other riders earlier in the race, Lizzie Armitstead made a typically rapid move down the back straight and just held off Laura Trott and Dani King to claim the gold.

 

Scratch race

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RESULTS

1. ARMISTEAD Elizabeth Garmin Cervélo

2. TROTT Laura 100% ME

3. KING Dani Horizon Fitness

4. OWEN Harriet Motorpoint Cycling

5. HALL Corrine Team Corridori

6. MAYHO Hannah 100% ME @ 1 lap

7. HOPKINS Ella VC St Raphael

8. ROBERTS Amy For Viored Brookvex

9. BROGAN Kayleigh City of Edinburgh RC

10. GARNER Lucy Motorpoint Cycling

 

 

British National Track Championships – Day 5: Team Pursuit

 

In the Team Pursuit race, Gold went to Horizon Fitness who caught a young Motorpoint outfit after less than 100 seconds of the final, having set off at a scorching pace. Team Pursuit World champion  Dani King said: "We are going well at the moment but we've had a week's racing in our legs so I think our times are getting better and better. We went out with a plan and it worked."

 

Dani King, Jo Rowsell and Sarah Storey Team Pursuit 

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RESULTS

Gold: Horizon Fitness (Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey)

Caught

Silver : Motorpoint Cycling (Hannah Barnes, Lucy Garner, Harriet Owen)

Bronze: For Viored Brookvex (Amy Roberts, Rohan Battison, Hannah Manley)

Caught

4 St Raphael A Vc (Marianne Britten, Ella Hopkins, Hannah Layland)

 

Qualifying

1 Horizon Fitness 0:03:25.235  

2 Motorpoint Cycling 0:03:42.945  

3 For Viored Brookvex 0:03:49.648  

4 St Raphael A Vc 0:03:53.468  

5 St Raphael B Vc 0:03:54.635  

6 Lichfield City Cc 0:04:03.753  

7 Cycles Aw 0:04:04.888  

 

British National Track Championships – Day 5: Kierin

 

Becky James produced a dominant display in the Women’s Keirin race to take Gold, making her a double National Champion following her victory in the sprint event on Friday. Going into the final two laps, James powered to the front and held off the rest of the field to take the win with ease. She said afterwards: “Friday was awesome, I was so happy with the flying sprint, a PB on a 250m track and a 11:22. All the sprints went how I wanted them too and today I had my head screwed on, I kept my gap and no one wanted to come round so I kept watching and then with a lap and a half to go I just hit it hard and controlled the pace.”

 

National Championship Keirin about to start 

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RESULTS

Gold Rebecca James (Abergavenny RC)    

Silver Jessica Crampton (Sport City Velo)    

Bronze Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Whls CC)    

4 Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)    

5 Cassie Gledhill (XRT Elmy Cycles)    

6 Lauren Quenby (Newcastle RC 2001)    

7 Jessica Anderson (Maxgear RT)

 

National Championship Keirin under way 

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