Women’s 500m TT
Sandie Clair was so upset when Panarina — last rider to ride, and she was even down in the first lap — stole the victory by less than 3 hundredths of a second.
1 - Olga Panarina (Belarus)
2 - Sandie Clair (France)
3 - Miriam Welte (Germany)
Men’s Team Pursuit
As expected, Australia’s wonder team defended their World Title and they made it look so damn easy!
1 - Australia (Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn)
2 - Russia (Alexey Markov, Evgeny Kovalev, Ivan Kovalev, Alexander Serov)
3 - Great Britain (Steven Burke, Sam Harrison, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant)
Women’s Points Race
Another upset from Belarus as Tatsiana Sharakova was the only rider able to take a lap on the field.
1 - Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)
2 - Jarmila Machacova (Russia)
3 - Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
Men’s Scratch Race
This race was crazy. Ho Ting Kwok came out of nowhere with a huge attack and left everyone dumbounded.
1 - Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong)
2 - Elia Viviana (Italy)
3 - Morgan Kniesky (France)
Men’s Team Sprint
The Germans weren’t looking so hot in the final round so the French powerhouse trio took the World Championship title with no problem.
1 - France (Michael D’Almeida, Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau)
2 - Germany (Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy, Stefan Nimke)
3 - Great Britain (Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny)
The 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships starts in about 10 hours in The Netherlands. With 41 countries from around the world competing, this will be the first real glimpse of who might dominate the 2012 Olympic track cycling events. Of course I’ll be scouring the interwebz for a live feed like a junky on Christmas but if I don’t find one, I’ll just have to post videos and/or results as they become available. Either way, stay tuned.
There are lots of World Championship previews already available on the internet and if you are a total track geek like me, then you’ve already read them all. But if you want one more person’s (probably highly inaccurate) opinion then read on…
Here are my predictions for the Day 1 (of 5) events tomorrow:
Women’s 500m TT » Anna Meares (Australia) has decided not to defend her World Champion title so that she can focus more on other competitions. World Record holder Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) has also backed down. It really is anyone’s game at this point but Sandie Clair (France) put down a stellar time to take the silver behind Anna Meares at the Melbourne World Cup earlier in the season — the only time the 500m TT has been run this season… thanks, UCI!
Men’s Team Pursuit » Australia’s the team to beat! Even with Cameron Meyer off the team, I think they’re unstoppable — especially with that Jack Bobridge guy. For some reason, Great Britain is not sending in their strongest Pursuit team (Gerraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins are staying home) so Australia’s stiffest competition will probably come from New Zealand, Russia or Spain. Still, the Aussies should have no problem earning a new lease one their World Champion stripes. The only question is — will they break the World Record?
Women’s Points Race » Three opponents that defending World Champion Tara Whitten (Canada) will have to look out for: Marianne Vos (Netherlands), current Olympic Champion in the Points Race with the home court advantage; Sarah Hammer (USA) though I’m not sure she’ll be competing in the Points Race and Jarmila Machacova (Czech) who has been killing it in the Omnium Points Races during the World Cup series. Still, I’ve been watching Whitten race all season and I think she might be able to defend her title.
Men’s Scratch Race » Cameron Meyer (Australia) has just announced that he will be competing in the Scratch Race and I’m sure that everyone is shaking in their chamois at the sound of that. But I think that the sprinter-turned-road-racer Theo Bos (Netherlands) is going to take this one in a thrilling return to track racing. Defending World Champion Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) doesn’t stand a chance unless “The Boss” unwittingly forgets that he’s on a fixed gear bike!
Men’s Team Sprint » This will be the highlight of the night. First we have the current World Champion powerhaus German team whose cannon-like quads will take them around the velodrome faster than your internet connection will load this page — BUT — I heard they are starting without the star quarterback Robert Forstemann (he’s busy becoming a police officer or something). Then there’s the French team who’ve been destroying it all season in the World Cup series — BUT — Gregory Bauge has recently returned from an injury and might not be in tip-top form. Finally we have the wild card British bunch who’ve not yet topped their performance at the 2008 Olympics — BUT — the Brits are usually pretty hit-or-miss these days and you can never tell anymore whether they’ve got that ace hidden up the sleeve or not. That said, my money is on France.
Brits Play Coy As Aussies Target More Gold » The track cycling World Championships are this week and this particular event could be the first foreshadowing of which country will haul the most medals in the 2012 Olympics.
City Grounds Re-Grand Opening (Long Beach, CA) » Come party with City Grounds to celebrate the expansion and re-opening of Long Beach’s premier fixed gear shop.
Get Ready For Summer #2 (Hellyer Park Velodrome) » Earn your Testarossa Velodrome Challenge qualification points here!
The Tournament (Amsterdam) » First in a series of alleycat races presented by The Faster Than You Crew.
Burrito Project 5th Birthday (Los Angeles, CA) » Five years ago a handful of good samaritans on bikes decided that hungry people need to eat too. Come celebrate one of the best rides in Los Angeles.
Go Fast Or Go Home (Dominguez Hills, CA) » The California Bicycle Racing criterium series continues!
Make Rent Cash Race (San Jose, CA) » Alleycat race for cold hard cash money — and Mardi Gras beads.
March Mashness (Indianapolis, IN) » Seven checkpoints over 31 miles. Don’t miss this alleycat.
Monster Track XII (New York City, NY) » Track bikes. City streets. Watch out no brakes! The baddest alleycat race of them all.
Tour De Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) » Perfect weather this weekend for a three-day stage race in Southern California.
The second LAVRA Cup race was last Saturday at Home Depot Center Velodrome. A great day of racing with all the homies on a BEAUTIFUL indoor wooden track. LAVRA seems to be taking their time posting up results for this series so this time it’s not so much a recap as it is just a bunch of shout outs…
Shout out to my new team mates, Tim and Aram for Predator Cycling. Yep, I joined a team. I didn’t just join any team. If you’ve been reading RTBL for a while, you should know that Predator is my favorite shop around — and I’m not just saying that cuz I’m on the team. More on that later.
Good to have the fixed freestyle rider Congo slaying it around the track. As John Prolly says, “If you can throw around a 25+ lb bike, you can rip a track apart!”
Meanwhie LA’s “alleycat king” Hernan Montenegro is back on track after a long winter full of cyclocross and he’s killing it.
What’s up to Ian and the guys from Adams Avenue who came up from San Diego. Ian chatted with me after the races about RTBL. Many thanks for the kind words. I’m really looking forward to racing at San Diego Velodrome again. Tuesday night racing starts up in April!
Thanks to Chriz G, Matt, Carlos and everyone else who came down to spectate and cheer the racers on. Good to see the stands filling up.
Chris Reed, sorry I bumped ya in the neutral lap before the Miss N Out. I shoulda called out that I was passing. Always learning! Ryan Barrett, good to have you back on the track. Hope you had fun in Vegas!
Justin Dillon went down in a three-man pile-up during the Points Race. Nothing broken except his rear disc wheel. Suuucks! But I’m glad you’re okay.
And finally there’s me… and it sure feels good to be back on the track! The doctor told me no heavy lifting for now (i.e. no sprinting) so I just sat in and tried to keep up in all the races. I entered in two different categories so I did a lot of racing but pretty much did terribly in all of them. Still felt good to get the blood flowing again and I can’t wait for the next LAVRA Cup on March 19th.
Big ups to the many more friends (and rivals) who were at the races that day. You know who you are.
All the fine photos were taken by Beaver Beavs — who was also being an awesome race mechanic.
Awang To Miss World Championships » Malaysia’s Pocket Rocket Man — now famous for catching a seven-inch piece of the Manchester Velodrome with his calf — confirms he is ducking out from the race for stripes.