Rowan Elliott had the men's sprint. The fastest qualifier Callum Skinner did a 10.193 which highlights the quality of the field. Rowan went 4 tenths quicker than last year with a 11.556 and was only 1 tenth off his pb. This made him 27th so unfortunately he did not progress to the rounds.The points qualifiers for the men had Jack Green and Andy Stuart for VC. Andy rode well but just missed out on a place for the final.
Jack did very well gaining a lap with another rider and picking up 6 points along the way. 26 pts gave him 6th in his heat and a ride in the final. He rode strongly in the 30k final to finish 14th with nearly half the field finding it too tough and giving in!
The women had team sprint and scratch race today. Madeline Moore and Laura Clode rode a fantastic 37.272 in qualifiers, placing 5th behind 4 very strong squad teams and beating some strong teams also. They cemented their 5th place in the ride offs, backing their ride up very well with a 37.386. The fastest women's team sprint duo VC has had for a good few years.
Jessica Hill had a solid ride in her first national scratch race, placing 20th with the top 8 taking laps and all being world, paralympic or olympic champions, so quite a good field!
Thank you Rusine Heald for another exciting report!
Laura Clode had the sprint today. She posted a pb of 12.655 for 9th in the qualifier. She then had very hard fought rounds with Katy Marchant and Hannah Blount and sadly left the comp after that. Some great, confident sprinting though.
Andy Stuart posted a great pb of 4.41.39 for 13th in the pursuit with Jack Green also riding well with a 4.52.05 for 27th.
The women also posted pbs in the pursuit with 19th for Jessica Hill in 4.12.579 and 12th for Madeline Moore with a 3.56.341. Loving all these pb's!!!!!
Thanks Rusine Heald for this update from day 3!
The women's team of Madeline Moore, Jessica Hill, Harriet Whewell and Rachel Murray posted 5:19.964 in the qualifying round of the 4K team pursuit. This put them in 3rd place behind the excellent teams from Wiggle Honda and Pearl Izumi. In 4th were Southampton University with a time of 5:30.
The girls rode against Southampton University in the ride off for 3rd, and managed to catch their opponents after only 5.5 laps. A very fast start and then the fact they could see the other team, just spurred them on to go for the catch early.
The team rode really well together. A special mention needs to go to Harriet Whewell who was really too poorly to ride but as our reserves were not available, she decided to ride to ensure the team could compete. With Harriet at full fitness, I am certain they could have posted a quicker time.
Well done ladies.
Many thanks to Rusine Heald for this report
VC St Raphael had 6 riders sporting the teams colours at Mildenhall this year.
We took a convincing 1st and 2nd in the Team Sprint and 1st in the Team sprint.
Dave Heald won the Sprint race on the Sunday with Rowan Elliot 2nd. Ben Elliot meanwhile had a 2nd in the 1500m. Jason Streather and Rowan Elliot were 2nd and 3rd in the 5km. Matt Winston was 2nd in the 3km. Jamie Streather put in some good performances also. There were also many wins and placings in the other events as VC St Raphael continued to showed their strength throughout the meeting!
It was a fantastic sunny day for the grass track at Scarborough.
Andy Leveton was riding well for a win in the short distance series event, which meant he won overall in that series for 2014.
Dave Heald was a strong 2nd on the day and took joint 2nd in the series for the year.
Dave was also 2nd in the 500m handicap, Andy was doing great in the 8km and benefitted from some solid team riding from Dave!
A good day in the office for the VC St Raphael team!
LVRC National results:
Jason Streather 3rd in the 3km pursuit, 4th in the scr, 5th in the points race, 5th in the 750m tt
Jason Streather 4th team pursuit, 12th points race, 13th invitation scr race
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Women's team captain, Marianne Britten, is taking a break from her usual racing activities for the first half of the 2014 season to take part in a challenge to raise money for Children With Cancer UK. This charity is close to her heart as, like many, her family have been touched by cancer.
It has become an annual occurrence now, hosting a women's training weekend at my farm in Bristol. For the first time in 3 years we were actually blessed with good weather. It was also the first time I got to host the team in my own house, converting the barn left me little time to race last year.