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Track Cycling News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Date published:
October 13, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Hoy out of Commonwealth Games

    Sir Chris Hoy in action
    Article published:
    July 16, 2010, 10:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Scot set to ride new European track championship

    Chris Hoy has been forced to withdraw from the Scottish team for the Commonwealth Games in order to participate in a new European Championship in early November. The new competition will carry qualification points for the 2012 Olympic Games and Hoy felt that his preparation for it would have to take precedence over competing in the October’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

    Speaking to the Guardian, the quadruple Olympic champion said, “It's with great sadness and reluctance that I've had to tell the Scottish team that I won't be seeking selection for the Delhi games. But it wasn't a decision I had to make in the end: it's one that's been forced on me by the nature of the qualification process for the London Olympics.”

    The Commonwealth Games will take place from 2-14 October, while the new European Championships – which have not yet been officially confirmed – are touted take place in Saint Petersburg from 5-7 November. Hoy feels that the timing of the events makes it impossible to be at his best for both and that “the Olympics have to take precedence over everything.”

    “I could turn up at the Commonwealth Games in October but it'd hamper my preparation for the European championships. And I wouldn't be at 100 per cent. The standard at the Commonwealth Games is so high that 95% wouldn't be good enough, and it would be disrespectful to the event and the Scottish team," Hoy said.

    Hoy could not hide his disappointment at missing out on riding for Scotland in Delhi, and was scathing in his criticism of the last minute arrangement of such a vital Olympic qualifying event.

    "The lack of transparency and consultation around the decision-making process is a constant frustration," said Hoy. "But I've learned now that I can't do anything about it, so you just have to accept it. I just hope now that the 2014 Commonwealth Games [in Glasgow] will give me the opportunity to do another...

  • London 2012 velodrome christened by Hoy

    Hoy, London Mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 chief Lord Sebastian Coe at the velodrome.
    Article published:
    July 28, 2010, 6:36 BST
    Cycling News

    Olympic champion impressed with home turf track

    There may still be two years until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics but yesterday Sir Chris Hoy was getting an early taste of London's newest velodrome to celebrate a milestone in the city's Games countdown.

    Joined by chief of the London 2012 organising committee Lord Sebastian Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson, Britain's Olympic star took his first laps on the track which he hopes to celebrate another gold medal in two years' time.

    "The last time I was here it was a hole in the ground," Hoy told the gathering of reporters who also took great interest in the antics of Johnson, who had commandeered the Scotsman's bike to complete a couple of ceremonial laps of his own.

    "The focus has been from the athlete's point of view. Everything has been addressed - even the toilets are only a 15-second walk away for the competitors. We never usually get looked after like that.

    "It's that attention to detail again, a detail that is promising so much in two years' time."

    There have been scant negative headlines surrounding London's Olympic organisation over the past three years and in particular the velodrome has been one of the shining lights of progress in preparations for Lord Coe and his team.

    And Great Britain's riders are expected to provide the spark that will light this velodrome during the Games, with Hoy leading the team that is aiming to continue the amazing run of success enjoyed by the squad in Beijing, where it took gold in the men's individual and team sprint, men's team and individual pursuit, women's sprint and men's keirin.

  • Tabotta delighted with Australia’s junior worlds success

    Amy Cure celebrates after winning the U19 women's individual pursuit
    Article published:
    August 16, 2010, 0:02 BST
    Cycling News

    15 medal haul features eight gold

    Cycling Australia national junior director Kevin Tabotta was delighted with the 15 medal haul that saw Australia finish atop the medal count at the weekend’s UCI Junior Track World Championships for the fourth consecutive year. The haul included seven gold medals between eight young riders.

    "We came into these Championships expecting some good performances but we didn't come here with a medal focus," said Tabotta. "We came here to get the best out of the young riders and to give them an insight into the big picture of being an elite cyclist and how to use this experience as a launching pad to the next level."

    Tabotta was pleased with the commitment shown by the riders and expect some of them to continue to perform for Australia at an elite level in coming years. "At the end of the day though we know there won't be 13 gold medals coming from these 13 riders at the Olympic Games," he said. "But it's wonderful to have a structure where we have depth and passion at both coaching and athlete level and that they all want to go forward.

    "History shows that our junior development program produces riders who work hard, are well prepared and who deliver their very best each and every time they race," said Tabotta. "Therefore it stands to reason they'll do well and we're really enthused by that. It's great to see the smiles on their faces because the rewards have come as a result of the hard work they've done."

    One of the event’s standout performers Matthew Glaetzer, who claimed gold in the men’s sprint and keirin, is one rider hoping to graduate to the senior squad in coming years. Glaetzer was also a member of the men’s team sprint squad that claimed silver, along with Maddison Hammond and Jamie Green.

    "My hope is to make the Australian senior team and start mixing it up with the big boys," said Glaetzer. "I want to try and start pushing them and getting to their standard and putting my hand up for selection...

  • Newton to join Great Britain coaching staff

    Chris Newton (Great Britain)
    Article published:
    August 17, 2010, 6:40 BST
    Cycling News

    Double world champion will be Olympic Academy Men's Endurance Coach

    British Cycling has announced that Chris Newton (Rapha Condor Sharp) will join the coaching staff of the Great Britain Cycling Team, serving as Olympic Academy Men’s Endurance Coach. Newton confirmed that he will retire from professional cycling on the road and track at the end of the season in order to take up the position.

    “I’ve reached the stage in my cycling career where I’m ready to step back from full-time racing and focus my attention on coaching the Men’s Endurance Academy,” Newton said. “I've achieved a lot during my cycling career and I'm very grateful for the support I've received from so many people in helping me reach my goals.”

    During his racing career, Newton won world titles on the track in both the points race (2002) and the team pursuit (2005). He also captured three Olympic medals, taking bronze in the team pursuit in Sydney, silver in the same event in Athens and bronze in the points race in Beijing. He complemented his track success with a fine career on the road, winning the Premier Calendar series on three occasions and the tough FBD Ras twice.

    British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford was pleased to add Newton to his coaching staff. “I think Chris has all the key ingredients that will make him a successful coach,” he said. “We are in a really good position at the moment that when our established world class athletes approach the end of their racing careers they want to stay with us, and help pass on their knowledge to the younger guys.”

  • Wiggins insists he will ride 2012 Olympics

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) gave it everything in the timetrial
    Article published:
    September 10, 2010, 7:47 BST
    Peter Cossins

    Sky team leader will prepare for London by riding Tour

    Three-time Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has denied reports that appeared during the Tour de France suggesting that he will not compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in his home city of London. “I don’t know where that’s come from. I am riding in London definitely,” he told Cyclingnews as he prepared to make his return to racing at the Tour of Britain.

    “I’m going back onto the track programme this winter with a view to riding the World Cup in Manchester in February,” the Sky team leader explained. “Long-term that’s the first step towards going for the team pursuit squad for London 2012. I have to do the London Olympics. I need that for myself. Winning another gold in London would be immense.”

    Wiggins believes that racing the 2012 Tour in July will set him up perfectly for the team pursuit event in London just a few weeks later. “I’ll still do the Tour and then go straight to the Olympic programme. That’ll be the idea and I’m sure Geraint [Thomas] will do the same,” said Wiggins.

    “I’ll definitely do both. But that’s not really for me to worry about with it all being in house as it were with Dave Brailsford and his team,” he added. “They’re running both ships and whatever they tell me to do I will do basically. It’s not like I have to convince my pro team to let me go back and join British Cycling.”

    Although he said it is unlikely that he will be one of the faces of the 2012 Games, in spite of being a Londoner and three-time gold medallist, Wiggins insisted cycling’s profile in the United Kingdom is rising and will continue to do so. “Cycling’s getting huge in this country now.

    "Ten years ago you would never have found yourself walking into the Adidas Performance store on Oxford St and being able to buy a cycling jersey, let alone a British team cycling...

  • Sunderland prepares for Commonwealth Games challenge

    Jayco rider Scott Sunderland was very strong in the sprint events.
    Article published:
    September 21, 2010, 4:33 BST
    Les Clarke

    Focus on team sprint and kilo in India

    Australian sprinter Scott Sunderland is pleased with his preparations for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Dehli, India, as the team intensifies training for its biggest meet since the Beijing Olympics.

    Whilst only two of the current team members - Daniel Ellis and Anna Meares - made the trip to the last Olympics two years ago in the Chinese capital, Sunderland has become one of the squad's mainstays post-Beijing.

    "My preperation for the Commonwealth Games has been coming along extremely well; I've put down some good times and lifted some good numbers in the gym so it's nice to know the legs are coming along," Sunderland recently told Cyclingnews.

    Sunderland has mainly ridden the kilometre time trial in the past, although the axing of this blue riband event means he's changed focus and will now concentrate on the team sprint in India.

    "I'd have to say an event I'm aiming for would have to be team sprint now with the new list of events at the Olympics - it's the main starting event. But second would be the kilometre time trial, I'd really like to nail a solid performace at the [Commonwealth] games in that event," he explained.

    Terrorist attacks - including the planned, deadly rampage by extremists in Mumbai last year - and another incident in recent days has many worried for the safety of athletes travelling to India for the Commonwealth Games, believing westerners will be targeted by extremist groups. Sunderland says he's putting his trust in security briefings made by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA).

    "There has been a lot of hype on that subject, but the ACGA has been providing us with information on the security with advice and we have also been briefed," he said. "I believe they wouldn't send us if they didn't believe it wasn't safe. Also, if look back on any major Games there has always been security concerns and this is no different."

    So with the bulk of the...

  • Jennie Reed makes successful switch with scratch race win

    Jennie Reed claimed her first endurance title in the scratch race.
    Article published:
    October 01, 2010, 22:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Former keirin world champ begins new charge for 2012

    In 2008, American Jennie Reed thought she had accomplished everything she wanted to do in the track sprint events. She won the world championships in the keirin, raced in the Olympic Games in Beijing, and was ready to retire and get on with her life.

    After two years away, Reed is now back in a new capacity and targeting the women's team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    She began her new career in the women's scratch race at the US national track championships, and came away with her first national title in an endurance event.

    "It's totally different from the sprint, but it was awesome," Reed told Cyclingnews. "I raced with a whole new group of girls, and it was a good first step."

    Just at the beginning of her build-up to 2012, Reed is hopeful that her body will adapt to the very different training regime necessary to get to the top level in the team pursuit.

    The reason behind her switch? "I was reinspired by Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch who wanted me to come back for the team pursuit," she said. The two were part of the team which set a new world record in the women's team pursuit at the Cali World Cup last January.

    "I am fired up to do something different. It's a whole new experience lining up with a bunch of women. So the scratch race was fun, but the real motivation is the team event."

    She enjoyed her time in the race, revealing that it was her first mass-start race at a national championship, "and I've been to nationals since I was 16! It was awesome to get out there and do it and come away with the title."


  • Kreders complete Amsterdam Six Day roster

    Michel Kreder (Garmin-Transitions) was best young rider at the Tour Haut Var
    Article published:
    October 13, 2010, 19:24 BST
    Cycling News

    14 teams take on season's first Six Day

    The 10th modern edition of the Amsterdam Six Day will take place on October 18-23 with the 14-team field being completed by the Garmin-Transitions team's young brothers Michel and Raymond Kreder. The Dutch duo round out a star-studded roster that will kick off the winter Six Day season.

    Germans Roger Kluge and Robert Bartko will take the number one spot as defending champions, after defeating the Swiss pair Franco Marvulli and Bruno Risi on the final day last year. With Risi's retirement, Marvulli will line up with Dutch road champion Niki Terpstra to create a powerful foe for the Germans.

    The experienced Six Day pair Leon Van Bon and Danny Stam are one of eight all-Dutch teams, which also include Peter Schep and former sprint star-turned endurance rider Theo Bos.

    The Amsterdam Six Day events will also include the UIV Talents Cup for under-25 riders, a women's Six Day, a mini 3-Day for juniors and the Sprint Six Day.

    Included on the roster for the sprint events are Americans Giddeon Massie, Andy Lakatosh and Tracy Dean.

    The Amsterdam Six Day was first run in 1933 and lasted for five years before going dormant until 1966. After a few more editions, the race ceased to exist until its revival in the new Amsterdam velodrome in 2001.

    Amsterdam Six Day teams:

    1 Roger Kluge / Robert Bartko (Ger)
    2 Franco Marvulli / Niki Terpstra (Swi/Ned)
    3 Leon Van Bon / Danny Stam (Ned)
    4 Theo Bos / Peter Schep (Ned)
    5 Wim Stroetinga / Leif Lampater (Ned/Ger)
    6 Pim Ligthart / Jens Mouris (Ned)
    7 Jos Pronk / Matthe Pronk (Ned)
    8 Tim Veldt / Geert-Jan Jonkman (Ned)
    9 Morgan Kneisky / Elia Viviani (Fra/Ita)
    10 Tim Mertens / Kenny De Ketele (Bel)
    11 Jeff Vermeulen / Yoeri Havik (Ned)
    12 Marc Hester / Bobbie Traksel (Den/Ned)
    13 Arno van der Zwet / Niki Stoepler (Ned)
    14 Michel Kreder / Raymond Kreder (Ned)