UCI World Paracycling Road Championships
Baie-Comeau, Canada 2010
The first session of Day 2 of the Paracycling Road World Champs was a solid performance for the Great Britain's women’s tandem of Rebecca Rimmington and Lora Turnham while in the Second session, Great Britain had some solid results and also a fantastic ride by Academy rider Shaun McKeown (pictured below with his Bronze medal).
VI Women's Time Trial - 22.8Km
The morning session of Day 2 of the Paracycling World Champs saw the first tandem events of the championships with Rebecca Rimmington and Lora Turnham representing Great Britain. The pair had produced a strong performance at the Road World Cup event in Spain earlier in the year and expectations were high for this new pairing. The girls were fourth from last on the start order with the strong Dutch pairing one of the favourites for the two lap tandem event.
After a good thorough warm up, the girls rolled down to the start house where they waited for their starting slot. As they rolled out of the start house, they were quickly up to their race speed and coming through the first lap of the race they were in 5th place behind the Dutch pair. At the finish, the pair finished a solid 6th in 36 mins 9 secs with Canadian tandems filling the other two slots on the podium. This event is an important points scoring event for the Great Britain team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and top 10 finishes are always important to the team!
Once back in the pit area, the girls were disappointed with their ride, but had certainly given it their all and had certainly made a valuable contribution to Great Britain's qualification for London 2012. Next up for the girls is the road race on Sunday, where they finished an excellent 3rd last year.
Results to follow, awaiting confirmation.
Mens C5 Time Trial - 22.8Km
Great Britain were represented by seasoned performer Russ White in the C5 men’s time trial. The men were covering two laps of the time trial featuring the main climb each lap before the fast drop into the finish area. It was certainly another pleasant day in Baie-Comeau with White off approximately half way through the field.
The new classification class of C5 certainly sprang a few surprises to the results with newcomer to Paracycling, Italian Andrea Tarlao producing a stunning first lap of 15 mins 33 seconds. Great Britain's White crossed the line after completing lap 1 for a split time of 17.12 seconds, clearly giving it maximum effort.
As White approached the finish, you could see the effort on his face and he crossed the line with a time of 35 mins 52 seconds. The Italian Tarlao won the event with a time of 32 mins and 9 seconds, a stunning ride by Tarlao who regularly competes with his UCI trade team where he races in Italy. The podium was completed by Australian Michael Gallagher for silver and Brazilian Soelito in the bronze medal position. GB's Russ White finished in 20th position.
British Cycling caught up with Russ White after his ride "It was a tough course and I was feeling good. I had been climbing well in training and had done a lot of work on my time trials this year. The main climb was hard and certainly had you changing gear a lot. I've got the road race to come next and am certainly looking forward to that race!"
1. Andrea TARLAO (ITA) 32 mins 9secs
2. Michael Gallagher (AUS) 32 mins 19secs
3. Gohr SOELITO (BRA) 32 mins 28secs
20. Russ WHITE (GBR) 35 mins 52secs
Men’s C3 Time Trial - 22.8Km
Great Britain was represented by two athletes in the time trial for category C3, with riders Rik Waddon and Shaun McKeown. This race was again over two laps of the course with luckily the weather holding out, despite some very black clouds overhead! First off the start ramp was McKeown who had just been re-classified at these championships to C3, having ridden most of the year in the more abled C4 class.
He certainly got up to pace well with a good first lap time of 17 mins 30secs which put him in the top five riders. Then off the start came Rik Waddon who was pushing for a medal in this race with a highly competitive time for the first lap of 17 mins 21 seconds. This meant both of Great Britain’s riders were in the mix for a possible medal in this C3 event. The British Cycling coaches were busily working out splits in the start finish area and were quickly realising it would be an extremely close race for the medals.
As both riders were approaching the finish, McKeown had just edged ahead of Waddon crossing the line in second place with still the strong Italian Paulo Vigano to finish plus French C3 Jacky Galletaud. Italian Vigano crossed the line with the best time and Frenchman Galletaud claimed second with British Cycling Academy rider McKeown claiming his first major championship medal with the bronze. Waddon placed 4th on the final classification.
British Cycling spoke to Shaun McKeown about his fantastic ride "Wow! What can I say, that is fantastic! I made sure I paced the ride on the first lap, so I was able to go quick enough on the final lap. It was really difficult holding back on the first lap but I managed it! I've had some good results this year in C4, but together with my coaches, had thought I may well be in the C3 class. It is going to take a while to sink in but I am certainly looking forward to the medal ceremony now"
British Cycling spoke to Rik Waddon about his 4th place ride "That was one of the hardest Paracycling courses I have competed on. It was really tough on the climb and I certainly gave it everything! I may have gone a bit too steady in the first lap, but certainly hit the second lap hard. I have the road race tomorrow, so have to rest up now and be ready for this race."
1. Paulo VIGANO (ITA) 34Mins 59secs
2. Jacky GALLETAUD (FRA) 35Mins 31secs
3. Shaun MCKEOWN (GBR) 35Mins 46secs
4. Rik WADDON (GBR) 35Mins 57secs