Women’s track cycling has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, with an ever growing and ever determined presence at the World Championships. However as Team GB’s women headed to Minsk this year their line up was missing their royalty. How would the team get on in a post Olympic year without Queen Victoria (Pendleton) at the helm?
The answer was, very very well. With Pendles now off the track and in the commentary box, Team GB has been left open to bring on their young talent, preparing and training them for the next Olympics in 2016. The eldest member of the Team GB ladies team this year was Dani King who, at the ripe old age of 22, seemed a veteran with already 2 World Championships and an Olympic gold under her belt. Follow her with Laura Trott, who at 20 years old was entering the competition as a double Olympic champion in the women’s pursuit and Omnium and you’re beginning to get an idea of the depth and talent in Team GB currently.
If it was anyone’s Championships this year then that title would have to go to Becky James, the 21 year old from Wales who has returned from Minsk with 4 medals and 2 world championship rainbow jerseys. Not bad for her senior world championship début. Other debutantes to the competition this year were 18 year old Elinor Barker, part of the team along with Trott and King to claim the team pursuit title after becoming a senior rider only 2 months previously and Victoria Williamson, James’s sprint pursuit partner who came home to claim bronze. Add to this Jo Rowsell, who’s on sabbatical with the road team and the currently injured Jess Varnish and its safe to say that Team GB’s women have a very bright and very fast future in the velodrome.
World Championships 2013
Women’s Sprint: Becky James – Gold
Women’s 500m Time Trial: Becky James – Bronze (34.133)
Women’s Team Pursuit: Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker – Gold (3:18.140)
Women’s Team Sprint: Becky James, Victoria Williamson – Bronze (33.893)
Women’s Keiran: Becky James – Gold
Women’s Omnium: Laura Trott – Silver
Image from http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sports/cycling/2013 (thanks)