I-Team’s Joseph Truman made it a clean sweep of British junior sprint titles as the 2015 British Cycling National Youth and Junior Track Championships came to a close in Manchester on Friday.
The British Cycling Junior Academy rider from Hampshire had already taken the kilometre time trial on Monday and the keirin on Thursday, joining fellow junior Sophie Capewell in a sprint title hat-trick at the National Cycling Centre.
Truman was fastest in qualifying with a blistering 10.299, four tenths of a second faster than nearest rival Thomas Rotherham of Sportcity Velo. Truman’s pace proved too great for his quarter-final and semi-final rivals, Jack Plumley (Welwyn Wheelers CC) and Alex Joliffe (Team Terminator) both beaten without the need for a third match.
Glasgow Sprint TCT’s Jack Carlin offered stern resistance in the final however, forcing Truman to a third deciding match. But Truman’s momentum was too great and a trio of junior British champions jerseys were heading for Petersfield, while Alex Joliffe took bronze, beating second-seeded Rotherham in two straight rides.
Team Giordana-Triton’s talented Grace Garner triumphed in the junior women’s pursuit, beating Team Velosport’s Abigail Dentus by almost three seconds in the gold medal ride-off. Garner was fastest in qualification, with a 2:29.955 for the 2000-metre effort, backing up brilliantly with a 2:28.609 in the final.
Garner’s teammate Eleanor Dickinson took bronze, beating Poole Wheelers’ Rebecca Raybould.
We have another Stripy Jersey!!! Grace is Junior National Pursuit Champion GOLD! With Eleanor taking BRONZE WELL DONE pic.twitter.com/O8803dAmJT— Team Giordana Triton (@GiordanaTriton) August 7, 2015
It was Speedflex RT’s Hamish Turnbull who took top honours in the under-16 boys’ 500-metre time trial, his time of 33.448 ensuring gold ahead of Rhys Britton (Bush Healthcare CRT) and Jake Stewart (Solihull CC).
The under-16 girls’ 500-metre event saw another title for newly-crowned sprint champion, Black Line’s Lauren Bate-Lowe, who topped the table with a 36.211 effort over two laps, with Jessica Roberts (RST RT) silver and Georgia Hilleard (Wolverhampton Wheelers) bronze.