Day 7 of the UCI World Masters Track Cycling championships at the Manchester Velodrome saw seven World Titles awarded with three going to the host nation and one each for Australia, Argentina, USA and New Zealand.
The day began with a big session of Women's Sprinting before there was a break in proceedings before the riders came back for the evening session and the finals to decide those seven world championships in bunch racing, team pursuiting, team sprint and match sprinting.
The Scratch races were especially exciting and in the first one, one of the country's top time trialists as well as being an accomplished road racer, Simon Wilson of Ribble Pro Cycling, attacked off the front and managed to solo his way to taking a lap.
Poland's Michal Ladosz who had shown in the Points race he won earlier in the week, what a power house he is, did likewise but Wilson wasn't finished and he then took another flyer off the front solo and whilst Michal Ladosz dragged the bunch along behind him chasing the eventual winner, Wilson carried on out front all the way to the line and took a popular victory. Michal Ladosz was second thanks to his lap take whilst Alistair Rutherford won the sprint from the bunch behind Wilson.
In the Men's 40/44 Scratch, the attacks kept on coming from the likes of Martin Lonie and Ben Neppl as well as others but as quick as a move was established, it was brought back. Then, Dario Pagliaricci of Argentina went solo off the front and was then joined by compatriot Leandro Emilio Lopez. The two of them established a big gap that the bunch was never going to close whilst they failed to organise a chase which they didn’t and the two leaders were never caught.
The sprint for third brought the gap down but the two leaders managed to hold on to finish 1-2 for Argentina whilst Scotland's Martin Lonie continued his country’s excellent run of results with third.
Another edge of the seat race was the Team Sprint final for Gold between Australia and Great Britain. There was so little between the two teams the result could have gone either way but the Aussies held on to a narrow lead to take the Gold from GB with the USA beating Poland in another close final for the bronze. In the Men's 55/64 Team Pursuit there looked like being an upset as the Aussies, who had been six seconds slower in qualifying, took an early lead.
Despite going down to three men, the team from the USA (Chris Carlson, David Precutl, Larry Nolan, Bill Brissman) was making big inroads into the Aussie team's lead in the second half of the Pursuit and soon the USA were racing away with the title, catching the Aussies in the final metres of the race for Gold. The team from Scotland won the bronze by catching a team from Great Britain after three and a half minutes of the pursuit.
That just left three Sprint finals. The closest of the races was in the Men's 65 to 69 category where Britain's David Hughes won the title two heats to one by beating Graeme Litt of New Zealand.
There were three heats in the fight for the bronze medal as well won by Christian Muselet of France from Robert Pelegrin of the USA.
In the Men's 70-74 final for Gold, it was two riders from Down Under battling it out, Colin Claxton of New Zealand and Rod Price of Australia. Whilst Price pushed Claxton all the way to the line, the Kiwi won the Gold in two straight rides. Ignacio Efren Ortellado Quiroga of Paraguay won his Bronze medal final in two rides against Danish rider Steffen Munch Hansen.
The final sprint of the day was the Men’s 75+ and in this, a rider with countless sprint titles over the decades to his name, Geoff Cooke saw off the challenge from James Kloss of the USA in two straight rides. In the Bronze medal final, a prolific winner on the road during his glory days, Keith Oliver of Australia, showed the speed he used for winning many a race on the track to win the Bronze medal in two straight rides against Michael Brent of the USA.
The final day of racing sees the riders return to the track at 9.30 in the morning for some Pursuiting before a break and then the final session at 12.30 culminating in the Cossavella Memorial Trophy race.
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
- Men's 40/44 Scratch Dario Pagliaricci ARG
- Men's 45/54 Team Sprint: Gavin White, Daniel Rickard, Michael Smith AUS
- Men's 55/64 Team Pursuit: Chris Carlson, David Precutl, Larry Nolan, Bill Brissman (USA)
- Men's 65/69 Sprint: . David Hughes GBR
- Men's 70-74 Sprint: Colin Claxton NZL
- Men's 75+ Sprint: Geoffrey Cooke GBR
- Men's 35/39 Scratch race: Simon Wilson GBR
Full results on the Championship website: http://www.cyclingmasters.com
Mens 40-44 Scratch Race
1. Dario Pagliaricci ARG 12m 29
2. Leandro Emilio Lopez ARG
3. Martin Lonie GBR
4. Krzysztof Wolski POL
5. David Woodhouse GBR
6. Adam Marciniak POL
7. Jonathan Harris GBR
8. Ben Neppl AUS
9. Sam Alison AUS
10. Olivier Peuvrier FRA
11. Justin McKie GBR
12. Stephen Biddulph GBR
13. Adam Bidwell GBR
14. John Hollier GBR
15. Rolando Horacio Ahumada ARG
Men's 35-39 Scratch Race
1. Simon Wilson GBR 11m 36
2. Michal Ladosz POL
3. Alistair Rutherford GBR @ 1 lap
4. Claudio Reybaud ARG
5. Andrew Hastings GBR
6. Cristian Omar Sotelo ARG
7. Ryan Visser GBR @ 2 laps
8. Cristovao Salgueiro FRA
9. Emiliano Nerio Zanchetta ARG
10. Oliver Hambrey GBR
11. Pawel Czarnecki POL
12. Adrian Swiderski POL
13. Damien Charlot FRA @ 3 laps
Men's 75+ SPRINT
1. Geoffrey Cooke GBR 12.962 13.394
2. James Kloss USA
3. Keith Oliver AUS 14.474 13.924
4. Michael Brent USA
Men's M45-54 Team Sprint
1. Australia CCC 48.455
Gavin White, Daniel Rickard, Michael Smith AUS
2. Team 3 B's 49.501 (Gbr)
Richard Pepper, Chris Pyatt, Dave Ellis
3. Rocky Mountain High (USA) 50.181
Michael Paulin, Brian Abers, Aram Bayzaee USA
4. Poland 50.412
Leszek Sobieszek, Marek Skorski, Grezegorz Krejner POL
Men's 55-64 Team Pursuit
1. USA Team Pursuit
Chris Carlson, David Precutl, Larry Nolan, Bill Brissman
2. Men From Down Under (AUS), Caught in 4.20.003
Geoffrey Baxter, Peter Selkrig, Gary Mandy, David Fairburn
3. Team Masters Scotland
Peter Ettles, Graham Barclay, Steve Clayton, Stephen McCaw
4. Apollo 4 caught in 3.34.40
Ian Greenstreet, Colin Parkinson, Mark Witten, Nigel Stephens Gbr
Men's 65-69 SPRINT
1. David Hughes GBR - 12.597 12.605
2. Graeme Litt NZL 12.463
3. Christian Muselet FRA - 13.388 13.462
4. Robert Pelegrin USA 12.999 REL
Men's 70-74 SPRINT
1. Colin Claxton NZL 14.201 13.351
2. Rod Price AUS
3. Ignacio Efren Ortellado Quiroga PAR 13.403 13.273
4. Steffen Munch Hansen DEN