UCI Para Cycling World Championships
Location: Baie Comeau, Canada
Event: 29 August - 01 September 2013
Time trialling continued in day two of the Para Cycling Road World Championships with Great Britain riders Darren Kenny and the tandem pairing of Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall looking to take a medal.
The morning session had the Mens C3-C1 and Womens C5-C1 athletes racing and Great Britain athlete Darren Kenny was 10th off in the C3 class. With light drizzle and a threatening sky, the chance of a wet ride was high however the rain held off and Kenny had a dry ride. Despite a strong start and being 13 seconds off third place at the end of the first lap, the standard of the C3 class is constantly increasing and Kenny was unable to hold his position, finishing 12th with a time of 26:17.33, 1:04.06 behind the gold medal ride of Australian David Nicholas.
The afternoon session started with the tandem time trials and Great Britain pairing Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall were looking to capitalise on their win in the final World Cup Time trial last week in Matane and claim the rainbow jersey. The race was almost over before it even started with the pairing dropping their chain on the start ramp seconds before their start, the pairing quickly reset their gears and departed losing five seconds on the start.
What time they lost in the start they quickly made up with an aggressive first lap that put the duo in the lead. The New Zealand pairing of Phillipa Gray and Lora Fairweather reduced the gap to a nail biting 0.29 seconds at the end of the second lap but the GB pairing rallied and pulled away once again finally crossing the line 37:19.69. Gray and Fairweather finished in silver medal position, 9.6 seconds off the win.
The win here at the Road World Championships crowns an extraordinary year for the Great Britain pairing making them a pairing to watch in the coming years.