It was a great first morning at the velodrome for Team Scotland’s cyclists, as the team’s two tandems both advanced to the medal rides.
Aileen McGlynn and her debutant pilot Ellie Stone will go for gold against Australia, after coming through the qualifying round and semi-finals – they are guaranteed at least a silver medal.
McGlynn needs no introduction, already a double Commonwealth Games silver medallist back in Glasgow and Paralympic champion, and she’ll be hoping alongside Stone that they can clinch gold on Friday evening.
Stone, who has only been riding a tandem for two months, is coming of age at these Championships, the youngster growing in confidence, as she held her line well in the final semi-final race against England, the home nation eventually relegated for deviating from their sprint line, meaning the Scots would advance with a 2-1 victory.
Meanwhile Libby Clegg and pilot Jenny Holl opened the cycling proceedings at these Games, with Clegg contested her first ever bike race, having made the switch from athletics where she has won Commonwealth and Paralympic titles.
Bettered by the Aussies at the semi-final stage, the duo will now take on the English pairing in the bronze medal final this evening.
Of dipping her toe in the water in a completely new sport, Clegg said:
“That was very different from running on a track!! It was really good fun – tough – but good. I’m just developing so we had no real expectations and I’ve only been riding with Jenny for the last two weeks, so I think we’ve done pretty well to be honest. The atmosphere is crazy!”
“We were thrown in at the deep end but with every session we’ve gone from strength to strength. We’ve had a bit of rough morning – not that we’ve gone badly, but everybody else has just been crazy strong – but we’re excited to see what we can do this afternoon.
Those Women’s Tandem B Sprint medal races start at 16.02 and will be live on the BBC.
Also getting their Games underway on Friday morning were a trio of Iona Moir, Lauren Bell and Lusia Steele, the Games debutants contesting the Team Sprint.
That trio haven’t spent much time training together, with Moir having just completed her exams, with a lot of adaptation needed, but they acquitted themselves extremely well to post the sixth fastest time and just miss out on the medal races.
All three will be back in action tomorrow in the individual sprint.
Also in action on Friday evening will be Neil Fachie and Lewis Stewart in the Men’s B Tandem 1000m Time Trial – can Fachie win a fifth Commonwealth gold?
Full results can be found here