UCI World Paracycling Road Championships
August 22, 2010 | Baie-Comeau, Canada 2010
Day 4 - Stone Strikes second gold!
Day 4 of the World Paracycling road championships finished with the T2 Men’s race where Great Britain were represented by David Stone. The C5 road race was the first event for Russ White, plus later on in the day, the Women’s tandem road race.
C5 Men’s Road Race - 78 Km
First race of the morning was the C5 men’s race with Russ White riding for Great Britain. The race was over seven laps of the course with both C4 and C5 classes starting together. This made a reasonably sized peloton and certainly gave an exciting race for the large number of spectators which gathered in the town.
The race started fast and attacks were being launched throughout the race with strong teams in the race from Italy and Spain, plus the real outsiders from Brazil. White did his best to capitalize on the work done by other teams making sure he was ready for the final part of the race. Two riders had escaped from the C4 class which gave the C5 riders the chance to chase and also ride their own race.
Coming into the final lap, White was positioned in the main bunch with five riders that had escaped the bunch and were dangling in front of the main group. Amazingly Brazil had all three of their riders in the group of five riders in the leading C5's. Approaching the finish, the Brazilian team carried out a well drilled leadout for their leader Gohr with this rider winning and also placing their remaining riders second and third. White sprinted in just behind the medallists for a fine 6th place!
The standard of the C4 and C5 men’s events was very high for the Championships, with both categories virtually identical in speed and ability. British cycling spoke to Russ after her fine ride "That more than makes up for the time trial result. The race was really fast! It was easily the hardest race I have ridden in all year and certainly the standard of Paracycling has definitely risen this year, again! I am pleased to have had such a good result"
1 SOELITO, Gohr C5 BRA 2:04:48
2 CHAMAN, Lauro C5 BRA 2:04:48 0:00
3 SCHWINDT, Joâo C5 BRA 2:04:48 0:00
4 ADDESI, Pierpaolo C5 ITA 2:04:48 0:00
5 EIBECK, Wolfgang C5 AUT 2:04:51 0:03
6 WHITE, Russel C5 GBR 2:04:51 0:03
T2 Mens Road Race - 22.8Km
World Time trial Champion David Stone was next up in the T2 road race, where the trikes would race over two laps of the course. Stone was looking to complete the double of time trial and road race and with two laps of the tough course would be pushing for more medals. It was an amazing sight seeing all the riders lined up for the start and seeing the speed the trikes went was simply awesome!
David positioned himself well as the race started, placed where he could see his most dangerous rivals. Once the race started to approach the main climb, Stone was in position and ready to push the pace. Stone did this with devastating effect on his rivals creating a gap by the top of the climb and then speeding down the other side. As Stone passed through the start finish area he was 40 seconds up on second place, his rival the Italian. Stone pushed on through the final lap to have a very healthy two minute gap by the time he finished. Stone crossed the line as World Road Race Champion!
British Cycling spoke to David after the finish: "That was a hard race with the standard rapidly improving in the trike class. Till recently, I could just attack my rivals from the start and I could drop them but now they have improved this makes it more difficult. I was cold at the start so it took me a while to warm up, but when I did, I pushed on up the main climb which was where I got the gap."
"It's amazing to be World Road Champion and this is definitely my favourite event. After the time trial, I was able to relax and really enjoy this race, knowing I was already World Champion but to become double World Champion is fantastic! This will be my first White rainbow jersey, a very nice feeling."
1. David STONE (GBR)
2. Giorgio FARRONI (ITA)
3. David VONDRACEK (CZE)
VI Women’s Road Race 78Km
The Women’s tandem road race was Great Britain’s final race of the championships with Lora Turnham and Rebecca Rimmington riding the event for Great Britain. The race was run over 7 laps of the tough course, with the biggest crowd ever seen at a Paracycling major event outside of Games gathered in the town area. Once the race was under way, it looked like being a more tactical race with most teams riding cautiously over the first few laps.
The race sprung into action over the last couple of laps when the Canadian women's tandem attacked over the climb gaining an advantage quickly. The Canadian pilot was well known female road racer Lyne Bessett. As the race entered the final lap, the leaders had nearly 30 seconds on the second group. Turnham and Rimmington were chasing in the third group. As the Canadians finished for the victory, New Zealand claimed the silver and the Netherlands the bronze with our Great Britain tandem sprinting in for 6th place. A solid result for the Academy riders.
British Cycling spoke to Rimmington after the event "We gave the race absolutely everything and couldn't have done anymore. The teams rode together and it was difficult for us to compete against teams working together. It was all or nothing today"
1. Robi WELDON / Lyne BESSETTE (CAN)
2. PARSONS, Jayne/ WADDELL, Sonia Pilot NZL
3.HAKKER, Joleen / TROELSTRA, Nynke Pilot NED
6. Rimmington/ Turnham (GBR)