The world’s finest track athletes headed out to Hong Kong last week to participate in the highly anticipated Track Cycling World Championships. Five days of intense race action gripped us from Hong Kong’s Velodrome.
Flying the British flag for the women were: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Neah Evans, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd and Emily Nelson who will be taking up the endurance, while Katy Marchant will be competing in the sprint events.
Hopes were high for Elinor Barker to scoop the gold medal in the women’s scratch race on Wednesday, but after pushing too soon at the finish, she was pipped to the line by Italian rider, Rachele Barbieri.
On Thursday we saw German rider, Kristina Vogel, take the gold in the Sprint round while the United States took home the gold in the Team Pursuit.
Friday was a great day for Team GB as super rider and gold medal Olympian, Katie Archibald, put on a tremendous performance to steal the gold in the women’s Omnium race.
Saturday saw Russian track cyclist, Daria Shmeleva, take the win in the 500mm Time Trial. The first Madison event saw Belgium cyclists Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore take gold, whilst British riders Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson steal the silver.
The closing day of the Track Cycling World Championships hosted the Keirin and the Points race for the women’s teams. Kristina Vogel took her second win in the Keirin event, and Elinor Barker took the win in the Points Race.
In the overall medal table, Great Britain took home 5 in total placing us at 4th overall. However, there has been criticism over Great Britain’s poor performance on the track high expectations were not met.