In what is fast becoming a familiar refrain for fans of track cycling, Great Britain’s women’s track cycling team brought home a raft of success from the 2014 World Championships securing all five of GB’s medals including individual successes for Becky James and Laura Trott on the final day of the championships.
With an overall haul of two golds (Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker in the team pursuit / Rowsell in the individual pursuit), one silver (Trott in the omnium) and two bronze (Becky James in the kerin / James and Jess Varnish in the team sprint), the team’s overall record may have fallen two short of Head Coach Shane Sutton’s championship targets, yet those targets included expectations of the men’s team who failed to bring home a single medal.
With the championships held at altitude in Cali, Colombia, the strongest performances were undoubtedly those featuring Joanna Rowsell, who saw her team pursuit squad come in just over a second faster than their Canadian opponents before claiming gold in the individual pursuit with a personal best of 3:30:318 over the 3km circuit. Rowsell’s ride in the individual pursuit, in particular, was near perfect; an exemplary demonstration of pace, measurement and an explosive start which left her a second clear of silver medallist Sarah Hammer after the first lap.
With five World Championship golds to her name since the 2008 championships in Manchester, Rowsell’s second medal of the tournament was her first in individual disciplines having previously secured all of her titled in the Team Pursuit. Indeed, only her 2008 bronze at the U23 European Track Championships had been secured in individual racing.
With the racing calendar’s attention soon to pass to the road – with May’s Women’ s Tour held in the UK confirmed to feature Wiggle Honda’s roster of Rowsell, Trott and Dani King – GB’s track riders are well on course to continue their increasing dominance at the top-tier of the cycling world.
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