8 November 2019
Golden day for GB on the Glasgow track
It was a glorious day of racing in Glasgow for Great Britain’s para-cyclists as they claimed a helmet full of medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Jaco van Gass brought home a pair of golds featuring in the victorious C1-5 Team Sprint trio – along with Jody Cundy and Fin Graham – after individual glory earlier in the day.
Lora Fachie and Crystal Lane-Wright also added gold to the collection after a bountiful morning of action.
Fachie opened up the evening session with a glorious triumph, sealing top spot in the Para B 3km Individual Pursuit in a time of 3:34.755.
And though the 31-year-old – along with her guide Corrine Hall – was in self-critical mood, she acknowledged a marker of progress as they continue to adapt back to the boards after a busy road season.
“We died a little bit, it was a shock to the system,” she said.
“We planned to go out hard and hopefully, with some time in training, we can hold on to that and come worlds we’ll be able to hold on to that and come back with a much quicker time.”
And Lane-Wright, though riding on her own, put in an outstanding ride to take C5 3km Individual Pursuit gold.
Earlier in the day, Megan Giglia topped an all-British podium in the C1-3 Individual Pursuit, as she beat out compatriots Katie Toft and Millie Cass for gold.
And though the 34-year-old was made to wait for her chance to ride after a faulty start gate created delays, she stayed focused to deliver the goods, continuing on her successful rehabilitation from injury.
“It’s the first time [competing] since track worlds in March, so for me to get back up on stage, it gives you that buzz to pick you up,” she said.
“I missed the road season due to injury and have just been focusing on getting myself back up to fitness, so that I can start competing again. To have a first race, get a gold, it buffs your ego really.”
There was a British one-two in the C2 Individual Pursuit, with Louis Rolfe and Matthew Robertson taking gold and silver respectively, while van Gass bested Graham and Colin Wallace in the C3 race and Jon Gildea was victorious in the C5, with Will Bjergfelt just behind.
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