Masters Track Champs 2012

Masters Track Champs 2012

Posted on: 17th July 2012

Article & Images by: Fiona Walker

Several Scottish riders made the long trip to Newport, South Wales for the British Masters Track Cycling Championships.

Racing started on Friday 29th of June with the sprint events. Louise Haston (City of Edinburgh RC) dominated the 30-39 women’s sprint, taking the gold medal. Julie Dominguez (West Lothian Clarion) took the bronze medal. Another City rider also struck gold in the sprint – Bruce Croall easily winning the men’s 30-34 category. There were bronze medals for Andy Laing (Musselburgh RCC) in the 55-59 age group and Mark Robinson (RAFCC) in the 35-39 category. John Mason (Ayr Roads) took the silver in the 70+ category.

Fiona Walker and Lousie Haston

The medal haul continued on Saturday morning in the TTs. Bruce Croall set an unofficial world masters record in the kilo (1.03.830) winning his category again. In the 45-49 age group Peter Ettles (Sandy Wallace Cycles) finished in bronze medal position. Making yet another comeback, Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC) took silver in the 50-54 category. In the 70+ category John Mason finished 2nd and Peter Robertson (Forres CC) was 3rd. In the women’s 500m TT Louise Haston took silver in 30-34 age group as did Julie Dominguez in the 35-39 category.

On Saturday afternoon, Bruce Croall completed his hatrick of gold medals with a win in the 30-34 scratch race. There was also a gold medal for Peter Ettles in the 45-49 scratch race. Graham Barclay (Team Leslie Bike Shop) and Louise Haston took silver medals in their scratch races and Ivor Reid and Vic Possee (Ayr Roads) got bronze medals.

Sunday morning was the individual pursuits. In the men’s 70+ race Peter Robertson won gold, with Gordon Johnstone (Sandy Wallace Cycles) taking the silver medal. In the 55-59 category Graham Barclay came 2nd, and Ian Humphreys (Sandy Wallace Cycles) was 3rd. Peter Ettles collected another silver medal and Scott Macrae picked up a bronze medal in the 30-34 category. In the women’s 30-34 age group Louise Haston won her second gold medal, with track newcomer, Jay Burgess (Sandy Wallace Cycles) taking the bronze.

The weekend’s racing finished off with some exciting points races. In the men’s 45-49 category, Steve McCaw (West Lothian Clarion) made a brave solo attack very early on in the race. He came close to lapping the field, but was eventually pulled back, but had gained enough points to hold on to take the bronze medal. The women’s race saw another Scot going for a lone breakaway. Louise Haston attacked with 6 laps to go and held off the field to take the final points, finishing in the silver medal position, only 1 point behind the winner. Jay Burgess rode well to take bronze. In the 70+ race, Vic Possee put in an impressive ride to win the gold medal. Graham Barclay picked up another silver medal in the 50-59 points race, whilst Scott Macrae took bronze in the 30-34 category.

Hopefully next year, with the benefit of indoor winter training at the new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome will see an even greater medal haul for the Scottish riders.

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