Pendleton powers to another crown

Atkins grabs a points race thriller

Women's sprint

In the semi-final match up everyone was looking forward to seeing, Rebecca James took the first heat against Jess Varnish with a last-gasp move round the outside, after Varnish led the race out. James just sneaked a wheel in front on the line to go one up.

James then wrapped it up and booked a place in the gold medal final with a very clean win, going to the front a lap and a half out and simply out-dragging Varnish to the line. In the other Semi, Victoria Pendleton wasn't really troubled by Victoria Williamson, winning both heats comfortably, as expected.

Pendleton then took the final against James in two straight rides. She waited until the back straight on the last lap in the first heat before blasting round her rival, doing just enough to claim the win by half a bike length.

In the second James left the door open and Pendleton went for home with a lap to go. Her young opponent held on creditably and even threatened to draw alongside in the final banking before the world champion applied a bit more gas and moved clear to retain her national title.

Varnish was too powerful for Williamson and took the bronze medal final in two heats. A well-timed run from the front by Williamson made Varnish chase hard in the second heat, but the result was never in doubt once the older rider had put her head down and she came round the outside in fine style in the last corner.

Men's kilo

Last man to go, Bruce Croall of City of Edinburgh was the runaway winner of the kilo, slipping under 65 seconds in the process and putting himself over two seconds clear of Andrew Kelly. Ieuan Williams took third, just over a second further back.

Paracycling flying 200m TT

A small but high quality field turned the paracycling 200m time trial into something really special. There were world records for newcomer Jon Butterworth and the experienced Jody Cundy, whilst tandem duos Helen Scott and Sophie Thornhill and Craig MacLean and Anthony Kappes would also have set new world bests if their respective pilots had not competed internationally within the last two years, which disqualifies them from official record setting.

In all it represented a remarkable competition with four out of five rides being world bests - how often can that have happened before?

Women's individual pursuit

The final of the women's individual pursuit saw Wendy Houvenaghel go into a 1.4 second lead after the first 1000 metres. Houvenaghel was into the same straight within two kilometres and went on to pass her rival with two laps to go and she then went on to finish with a rapid time of 3:30.612.

In the bronze medal ride-off, Laura Trott had too much for Anna Blyth, the Welwyn Wheelers rider beating the former sprinter by almost seven seconds and recording 3:44.769 on the way to claiming bronze.

Men's points race

George Atkins won a spectacular and increasingly brutal points race in the most exciting manner, pipping precocious junior Simon Yates on the line to claim the last sprint and with it the title.

Atkins' 100% ME team-mate Chris Whorrall had set the early pace, winning three of the first five sprints and gradually working himself into a decent lead. However, as Danni King found out in the previous night's women's race, a steadily accrued total of points is always vulnerable when there are big points available to riders who can lap the field.

With half the race run, the 100% ME duo of Atkins and Mark Christian were joined by Simon Yates in a dogged and determined effort to gain a lap. Ignoring the intermediate sprints, which they shared out, they went on a 30 lap campaign which changed the course of the race. They eventually lapped a disintegrating field which shed such class riders as Evan Oliphant and Ian Stannard during this attritional stage.

Once they had made contact with the main field, the situation changed and the three allies became rivals, with Yates drawing first blood, winning the third-last sprint and grabbing a five-point lead. Atkins responded by picking up second in the penultimate sprint to close the gap to two points.

Graham Briggs looked set to spoil the party by going away in the closing stages, but Atkins and Yates were not to be denied their final confrontation, going to the line neck-and-neck with Atkins just getting the nod by a wheel length. That gave him five points to Yates' three and with it the title; while they were now tied on 44 points, the better performer in the final sprint takes precedence.

It had been a superb race to watch and tribute to the largely young inexperienced field, with Atkins a worthy winner and Yates backing up his scratch race silver with another silver and confirming his exceptional potential.

Women's sprint

Qualifying
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:11.067 
2Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:11.408 
3Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:11.600 
4Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)0:00:11.964 
5Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.108 
6Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.148 
7Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.637 
8Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)0:00:12.750 
9Louise Haston (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.910 
10Kayleigh Brogan (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.932 
11Louise Satherley (Team Terminator)0:00:13.449 
Round 1 - Heat 1
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:12.723 
2Louise Satherley (Team Terminator)  
Round 1 - Heat 2
1Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:12.160 
2Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)  
3Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)  
Round 1 - Heat 3
1Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:12.163 
2Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)  
3Louise Haston (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Round 1 - Heat 4
1Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)0:00:12.362 
2Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)  
3Kayleigh Brogan (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Repechage - Heat 1
1Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.625 
2Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)  
3Louise Haston (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Repechage - Heat 2
1Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.940 
2Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)  
3Kayleigh Brogan (City of Edinburgh RC)  
4Louise Satherley (Team Terminator)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 1 - Race 1
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:12.831 
2Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 1 - Race 2
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:12.377 
2Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 2 - Race 1
1Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:12.398 
2Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 2 - Race 2
1Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:12.207 
2Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 3 - Race 1
1Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:12.202 
2Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 3 - Race 2
1Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:12.199 
2Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 4 - Race 1
1Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.497 
2Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 4 - Race 2
1Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)0:00:12.590 
2Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Quarter Finals - Heat 4 - Race 3
1Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)0:00:12.647 
2Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)  
5th-8th place
5Charline Joiner (City of Edinburgh RC)0:00:12.628 
6Cassie Gledhill (Team Orbea)  
7Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh RC)  
DNSJenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC)  
Semi Finals - Heat 1 - Race 1
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:12.316 
2Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)  
Semi Finals - Heat 1 - Race 2
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:11.832 
2Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)  
Semi Finals - Heat 2 - Race 1
1Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:12.085 
2Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)  
Semi Finals - Heat 2 - Race 2
1Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)0:00:11.915 
2Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)  
Finals - Gold medal round - Race 1
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:11.993 
2Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)  
Finals - Gold medal round - Race 2
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky Track Cycling)0:00:11.978 
2Rebecca James (Motor Point Marshalls)  
Finals - Bronze medal round - Race 1
3Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:12.238 
4Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)  
Finals - Bronze medal round - Race 2
3Jess Varnish (Halesowen A & CC)0:00:12.534 
4Victoria Williamson (Welwyn Wheelers)  
Men's 1,000m Time Trial
1Bruce Croall (City of Edinburgh RC)0:01:04.909 
2Andrew Kelly (Science In Sport.com)0:01:07.047 
3Ieuan Williams (CC Cardiff)0:01:08.257 
4Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC)0:01:08.605 
5Tim Lawson (Science In Sport.com)0:01:08.709 
6Kenneth Ayre (City of Edinburgh RC)0:01:09.141 
7Alex Wise (Agiskoviner)0:01:09.274 
8Terry Byrne (Unattached)0:01:09.616 
9Rowan Elliot (VC St Raphael)0:01:09.639 
10Matt Gittings (AW Cycles.Co.uk)0:01:10.207 
11Bryce Dyer (Votwo.co.uk)0:01:10.338 
12John Coolahan (Kingston Wheelers)0:01:10.469 
13Richard Lambert (Cottingham Coureurs RT)0:01:10.361 
14Xavier Disley (University of Birmingham)0:01:10.932 
15Andy Stuart (VC St Raphael)0:01:12.442 
16Jack Green (VC St Raphael)0:01:12.474 
17Nick Pilborough (Halesowen A & CC)0:01:12.747 
18Joseph Wood (VC Londres)0:01:13.451 
19James Viner (Twickenham CC)0:01:13.914 
20Mark Brown (University of Birmingham)0:01:15.009 
21Gary Lang (Scunthorpe Poly)0:01:16.883 

Women's 3,000m Individual Pursuit

Qualifying
1Wendy Houvenaghel (Bikechain - Ricci)0:03:31.555 
2Sarah Storey (Horizon Fitness)0:03:39.200 
3Laura Trott (Welwyn Wheelers)0:03:44.162 
4Anna Blyth (100% ME)0:03:48.091 
5Dani King (Horizon Fitness)0:03:49.251 
6Emma Grant (AW Cycles.Co.uk)0:03:56.704 
7Corrine Hall (Team Corridori)0:03:57.194 
8Mari Todd (Sandy Wallace Cycles)0:03:58.309 
9Emile Fisher (Team Orbea)0:04:01.671 
10Jayne Paine (Willesden CC)0:04:02.159 
11Ella Hopkins (Halesowen A & CC)0:04:04.068 
12Crystal Lane (Team Tor 2000)0:04:14.760 
13Nicci Meadows (AW Cycles.Co.uk)0:04:14.812 
14Sue Fenwick (Crest CC)0:04:19.702 
5th-8th place
5Dani King (Horizon Fitness)0:03:50.236 
6Corrine Hall (Team Corridori)0:03:57.080 
7Mari Todd (Sandy Wallace Cycles)0:03:57.997 
8Emma Grant (AW Cycles.Co.uk)0:03:58.467 
Bronze medal round
3Laura Trott (Welwyn Wheelers)0:03:44.769 
4Anna Blyth (100% ME)0:03:51.452 
Gold medal round
1Wendy Houvenaghel (Bikechain - Ricci)0:03:30.612 
2Sarah Storey (Horizon Fitness)caught 
Men's Points Race
1George Atkins (100% ME)44pts
2Simon Yates (Maxgear RT)44 
3Mark Christian (100% ME)39 
4Chris Whorrall (100% ME)17 
5Sam Harrison (Planet X)14 
6Daniel McLay (Hargroves Cycles)10 

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