Team USN’s Jon Mould took bronze in the Scratch Race on the final day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.
The Manchester UCI Track Cycling World Cup saw medal winning performances from a host of Welsh athletes. Elinor Barker, teamed with the Olympic trio of Trott, Rowsell and King broke the Women’s Team Pursuit World Record in qualification and again in the finals, to win gold with a time of 4:19.604. Owain also secured gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit, and narrowly missed out on a podium finish with fourth in the Men’s Points Race.
Double World Champion, Becky James, collected a trio of medals over the weekend. She took bronze in the Women’s Sprint, where she faced Australia’s Anna Meares in the medal ride off. Teamed with Great Britain’s Victoria Williamson, James also took silver in the Women’s Team Sprint and in an exciting Keirin final, took a second silver with Germany’s Kristina Voegl taking the win.
After a tough Points Race on Saturday, Mould returned to the track Sunday fuelled for the Men’s Scratch Race, the final event of the three day competition. The field was strong, with Scratch World Champion Martyn Irvine, Ireland, and multiple European Champion Elia Viviani in the mix.
Mould was on form, and put in a courageous ride. Austrian Andreas Muller led in the final stages securing his gold medal, with Viviani taking silver. Welshman Owain Doull was 11th, representing Great Britain.
“I’m really happy; it’s good to finish the weekend on a high, especially after my disappointment in the Points Race Saturday. It was good to get stuck in and get a result, the field was really strong so I’m chuffed with a bronze.”
Mould, from Newport, is looking to secure himself a place at the Commonwealth Games next summer representing Wales in the Track and Road events.
“It’ll help on my way to Glasgow next year. All the Welsh riders can move forward from here and I’m hoping it will be a good Commonwealth Games for Wales.”
Wales’ Team USN will next compete at round two of the Revolution Series in Glasgow later this month.
Full race reports and results from the weekend can be found on the British Cycling website.