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Team GB Success at Newport Para-Cycling International

Last weekend saw a huge turn out with a truly international field at the first big track meet of the season in the UK. The Newport International Para-Cycling track meet took place between Jan 30th-and Feb 1st and athletes from the UK, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden and Greece.

Team GB worked hard and pulled together to net a haul of 18 senior medals with tandem pairing Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean leading the way. The Commonwealth Games double gold medallists won both the kilo and sprint at the event which gave GB key qualification points for Rio 2016.

World champions Sophie Thornhill and Welsh ace Rachel James collected silver in the women’s tandem kilo as the Dutch pairing of Larissa Klaassen and Haliegh Dolman produced a surprise at the Newport Para-cycling International. Their time of 1:09.272 was less than three-tenths faster than the British duo’s 1:09.302, while pilot Thornhill and partner James will have the opportunity to go one better in the sprint and pursuit disciplines.

There were a further two medals in the mixed team sprint as Britain fielded two squads. Louis Rolfe, Jaco van Gass and Jon Gildea pushed world champions Spain hard but had to settle for silver, exactly one second slower than the world record holder’s time of 51.896 seconds. Crystal Lane, Planet X sponsored rider Craig Preece and Jody Cundy were comfortably quicker than Germany in the bronze-medal final, completing the three laps in 53.788 seconds to leave the Great Britain Cycling Team with four medals after the first day of racing.

In the Junior event PX sponsored rider Lauryn Booth competed in the Youth Omnium and she won the event, breaking 3 women's C4 paracycling National records in the 2km pursuit, flying 200m tt and 500m tt as well as setting a world best time of 14.4 seconds in the flying 200m tt.  In the 2km pursuit, she managed to knock an incredible 7.2 seconds off of her previous record.

With some solid results under their belts nice and early in the season Lauryn and Craig and strongly positioned for the rest of the year

5 February 2015

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