Super Saturday for Great Britain Cycling Team

Super Saturday for Great Britain Cycling Team

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Great Britain Cycling Team won three golds, two silvers and a bronze on day three of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

Sophie Thornhill and Corrine Hall won their second world title of the week in a British clean sweep of the podium places in the tandem time trial.

There were also maiden world titles for Jon Gildea in the C5 individual pursuit and James Ball and Matt Rotherham in the tandem 1km time trial.

Clean sweep

Gold, silver and bronze went to Great Britain Cycling Team in an incredible display in the tandem time trial.

Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston were first to take to the track and set a time of 1:11.089 - an early marker that almost proved unbeatable.

Fellow Brits Alison Patrick and Helen Scott were next up and just came up short of the target time, crossing the line in 1:11.115.

The rest of the team couldn’t get close to the British times, meaning with just two pairs remaining, both British, the gold and silver were guaranteed for the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Lora Fachie and Hazel McLeod couldn’t get into the medal places with their time of 1:12.756 - meaning only Thornhill and Hall could prevent McGlynn and Haston from a sensational gold.

The individual pursuit champions went on to claim their second set of rainbow stripes with a time of 1:09.552.

The result came as a surprise to the pair as Sophie Thornhill revealed:

"Really happy! It's an odd one, Corrine's not a sprinter and we've been primarily working on the pursuit, so to come away with the kilo is brilliant."

Hall added: "It's incredible! Never did I believe I'd be a kilo world champion!"

Maiden titles

Great Britain Cycling Team's Jon Gildea wins the C5 individual pursuit at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

Jon Gildea won his first world title with a stunning performance in the C5 individual pursuit at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Fresh from a 1km time trial silver medal yesterday, Gildea produced the ride of his life to earn rainbow stripes for the first time.

In qualifying, Gildea produced the second fastest time, completing his 16 laps in 4:39.417, just over two seconds behind the fastest qualifier, Brazil’s Lauro Cesar Chaman.

The pair met again in the final, with Chaman getting off to the better start - but in the second half of the race, Gildea overhauled his opponent and pulled away, crossing the line in 4:36.509 - beating the Brazilian by over two seconds.

After picking up his gold medal, Gildea admitted the hurt of Rio had spurred him on in Los Angeles.

"It means a big deal. It seemed like a big challenge to achieve. To think about doing this was a big challenge, it seemed like a worthy goal to get my teeth into. I'm really happy."

Great Britain Cycling Team's James Ball and Matt Rotherham celebrate after winning the tandem time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

In the tandem time trial, James Ball and Matt Rotherham set one of the fastest 1km time trial times in history to win their first world titles.

Setting off eighth out of nine pairs, the duo stunned the rest of the field with a time of 1:00.727 - just over a second behind Neil Fachie and Pete Mitchell’s world record.

Fachie - now piloted by Craig Maclean - took to the track as the final pairing and the only chance of preventing Ball and Rotherham from topping the podium.

Their time of 1:02.039 was comfortably quicker than the rest of the field, but not enough to claim the gold, giving Ball and Rotherham the title at their first championships as a duo.

The pair seemed lost for words upon receiving their medals. Ball said:

"We've only been training together since January, so I'll take that!"

Rotherham added: "I've been to the junior world championships when I was younger, came close but didn't quite get it. To pull a jersey on, it's been great."


Great Britain Cycling Team at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - day three


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