Lichfield City CC’s Sophie Capewell took her second gold of the 2014 British Cycling Junior and Youth National Track Championships, the 15-year-old riding up a category in the junior women’s keirin.
Following her success in the under-16 sprint on day one, the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme rider began the keirin competition with a second place finish in round one behind Bush Healthcare CRT’s Ellie Coster.
The pair went through to the final to face round two winner Hannah Blount and Capewell’s elder sister Emily, along with Lauren Bate-Lowe and Sophie Black from the repechage.
Capewell junior went on to win the final ahead of Hannah Blount, younger sister of British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme rider Rosie, with Bate-Lowe taking bronze.
Grace Garner took her first gold of the championships after narrowly missing out on time-trial victory on Monday, winning the points race by a slender one point ahead of Fusion Dev RT’s Emily Nelson.
Garner sowed the seeds of victory in the fourth of six sprints, taking five points with 20 laps to go and taking a further point in the next sprint, leaving her with six points with one sprint to go. Meanwhile Nelson was on eight points after winning the penultimate sprint and taking the race to Garner in the last sprint.
In the end the European track championships silver medallist didn’t disappoint, winning the final sprint to edge the race by a single point. Bethany Hayward took third on eight points thanks to consistent scoring throughout.
Gabriel Cullaigh took a convincing victory in the junior men’s scratch race, taking a solo lap in the final to secure the gold ahead of Joe Holt and Joel Partington.
VC Londres’ Fred Wright took gold in the under-16 pursuit, posting a time of 2.19.375 over 2000-metres to beat teammate Ethan Hayter by four-tenths of a second.
Wright stated his intentions in qualifying, stopping the clock at 2:17.151, almost two-seconds ahead of Hayter and had enough in the tank to keep Hayter at bay come the final.
Bush Healthcare CRT’s Rhys Britton took bronze in a storming time of 2:18.495, beating Velocity WD-40’s Matthew Walls.
Beacon Wheelers’ Henrietta Colborne took victory in the under-16 girls’ points race, winning two sprints and placing second in the final gallop to claim gold with 15 points ahead of RST RT’s Eleanor Dickinson and Jessica Roberts.
The championships finish on Friday 8 September.