World records fall in Aigle and Great Britain win team pursuit bronze

World records fall in Aigle and Great Britain win team pursuit bronze


The Great Britain Cycling Team added bronze to their junior track cycling world championships medal haul, as the men’s team pursuit rode to third place on day two in Aigle.

Team pursuit

Matt Walls, Ethan Hayter, Reece Wood and Rhys Britton won the bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit, after beating home nation Switzerland by three seconds.

The four riders rode against Denmark in the second round, with the Danes progressing to contest the gold medal race, where they took silver and New Zealand the gold and a new world record.

Race to bronze in Aigle

"We were really happy with the bronze and we did the quickest time we had ever done earlier, so that was good," said Hayter.

"We're not really used to the smaller track but we pulled out some good times and worked as a team and got a medal," added Walls.

The women’s quartet continued their strong form from yesterday’s qualifying round when they caught opponents Japan in their heat.

The Great Briatin team catch Japan

Misfortune struck however when the leading Japanese rider crashed into Eleanor Dickinson, who was sent sliding onto the apron.

Just outside of the medal finals the team, consisting of Jessica Roberts, Rebecca Raybould, Dickinson and Lauren Dolan, contested the fifth and sixth places final and caught the Polish team, cementing fifth position overall.

Scratch race

Jake Stewart joined a four-man attack in an attempt to take a lap on the peloton with 27 laps to go but the group as swallowed back up by the bunch.

With seven laps to go Batsaikhan Tegshbayar from Mongolia launched an audacious attack, and although he did not manage to take a lap, the young rider managed to stay well clear of the rest of the field; the first ever world junior title for Mongolia and a victory which reduced Yegshbayar to tears.

Women’s 500m time trial

Lauren Bate-Lowe was the first British rider to take to the track in the women’s 500m time trial competition.  With a time of 35.800, Bate-Lowe was sitting in third position after 11 riders and finished the final in 13th position.

Women's 500m time trial

Sophie Capewell was the 21st rider to take to the track and posted the seventh fastest time, finishing in 12th, and one place above her compatriot.

The competition was fierce on the fast Swiss track, as Yufang Guo of China set a new world record in her 500m effort, only for Pauline Grabosch of Germany to go even quicker and snatch the gold and another world record in the last ride of the competition.


With only the winners of the six heats advancing to the quarter finals, Alex Jolliffe, fourth in heat three, and Hamish Turnbull, sixth in heat six, had to contest the repechages.

Both riders were successful and advanced to contest the same heat of the quarter finals.

Men's keirin

Jolliffe finished third and Turnbull fifth, and both progressed again from the repechages to the semi-finals.

Despite holding a strong leading position as the derny left the track in the first semi-final, the effort of the repechages took their toll on Jolliffe finished in fourth, just missing out on a spot in the final.

Turnbull was looking good with just one lap left to race but was overpowered in the closing stages and finished in sixth position in the second semi-final.


2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships - Day 2


Women's team pursuit

Men's team pursuit

Women's 500m time trial

Men's keirin

Men's scratch race