Report: Rebecca Ransom
The third round of the UCI Track World Cup has begun at Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes, with four members of Team USN in action on day one, taking their first medal of the competition.
Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Ciara Horne safely secured a bronze medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit. The Welsh trio qualified in third, with a time of 3:24.683 a personal best. They were just under a second quicker than rivals Italy, with Canada and Ukraine facing each other in the Gold final.
The Women’s Team Pursuit final was the first event, after the opening ceremony of the UCI Track World Cup in Mexico. Team USN led from the start, always ahead of their Italian competitors, almost catching them near the end. They won comfortably with a time of 3:24.419 a clear 8 seconds ahead of Italy.
Head Coach Darren Tudor was pleased with the second ride, “The girls rode a lot better in the final, improving technically. We learnt a lot from the first ride and slightly changed our tactics. This worked for the girls and they secured a comfortable win over the Italians. Their 2k splits, in comparison with gold and silver ride off, are very promising. I’m pleased with their result.”
Canada later took the gold medal over Ukraine, who settled for silver.
Jon Mould, from Newport, also began his third and final Track World Cup of the season in the Omnium. Going second in the Flying Lap, Jon posted 13.461 putting him 15th out of 22 starters. The Omnium Points Race gave Jon the opportunity to move up the Omnium standings. Planning to ride patiently in the early stages, due to the high temperature and altitude inside the velodrome, Jon later gained a total of three laps and collected 10 sprint points to place him 5th in the Points Race. His elimination ride was also a good result, finishing in 8th place; Jon sits in 7th going into the second day of competition.
Head Coach Darren Tudor was pleased with Jon’s race, “He put in a good performance in the Points Race and read the race well. We have to take into account heat and oxygen levels when thinking about how to race here; hopefully Jon will be able to build on his results tomorrow for the second day of Omnium.”
After being part of the medal winning ride in the Women’s Team Pursuit, Amy Roberts, from Pontyberem, also rode in the Women’s Points Race facing tough competition from world class female cyclists. Amy gained a lap early on and was active in the sprints, to finish in 6th place, completing her first Track World Cup season.
Competition continues tomorrow for Team USN with the Men's and Women’s Omnium and Women’s Individual Pursuit.