UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships
Switzerland | 1st - 2nd February
The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships took place in Dubendorf, Switzerland this weekend and the Scottish riders racing as part of the Great Britain Cycling Team produced some great results. It was a fantastic eighth for Cameron Mason in the under-23 men’s race. The Trinity Racing rider has been in terrific form in recent weeks and having started on the third row of the grid made his achievement even more special.
“I’m stoked! It was a savage race, you’re just on your limit the whole time. – I’m glad that’s done – but I’m super happy with eighth,” said Mason.
Perth born Rory McGuire produced the best result in the junior men’s race for Great Britain, finishing in ninth position. The young-Scot had a great start to the race making his way up to sixth position early in the race, before dropping back.
He said, “It was such a brutal course and I made a few mistakes, so yeah happy with that. - I went super deep at the start because I knew once they’re going, they’re gone, I probably went a bit too hard, as in the middle [of the race] I went backwards but I saved a bit for the end.”
Fantastic performances also came from Anna Flynn in the women's junior race and Corran Carrick-Anderson in the junior men's who finished 15th and 20th respectively.
UCI Para-Track Cycling World Championships
Canada | 30th January - 1st February
The UCI Para-Track Cycling World Championships took place in Milton, Canada this weekend. Finlay Graham from Strathpeffer took 5th overall in a very competative omnium. There are certainly great things to come from Fin as he progresses through the ranks at the Great Britain Cycling Team.
There was a British one-two in the men’s kilo event for the fourth year in a row, as Team Scotland duo Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham regained the title they lost last year, ensuring that defending champion James Ball and his pilot Scot Lewis Stewart had to settle for silver. Fachie and Rotherham were the first of the British pairings to set their time, stopping the clock at an impressive 59.724. Ball and Stewart went next, recording a time of 1:00.323 to secure silver. Fachie said: “We wanted this back. We thought it was our title this year, and we’re relieved to come here and do the business. Particularly in a Paralympic year – to be world champions is a good sign.”
After taking silver and gold respectively in the kilo, Ball and Stewart (9.852) and Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham (9.785) recorded the two fastest qualification times in the men’s sprint, and an all-British final looked an increasing inevitability as both duos navigated their way through the rounds without losing a race.
Overall the Great Britain Cycling Team secured a staggering 21 medals at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships. What an achievement by an incredible team!
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