Newport International Paracycling Cup

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Newport International Paracycling Cup

Postby Andy D » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:18 pm

Ythan cc were represented by Neil Fachie and Fiona Duncan at the Newport Paracycling International from 29/11/13 to 01/12/13. Former Ythan member Lora Turnham having opted to ride for Matrix Fitness in 2014.

All were donning national colours for this international event though and qualification standards for Commonwealth Games selection was a focus, as well as securing some silverware along the way. Fachie was to be piloted by Great Scot - Craig Macleanin the Great Britain colours and Fiona was piloting the Paracycling Legend, Aileen McGlynn in their first competitive outing as a pair and proudly wearing the blue of Scotland.

Fiona and Aileen secured silver in the Kilometre TT and posted a Commie Games qualifying standard in the process. This was particularly good in as much as they were faster in their last 2 laps than the eventual winners Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James (GB) who narrowly missed a World Record ride, such was their pace. Fiona and Aileen seeing that a faster start would see them being able to present a realistic possibility of world record pace themselves. The Dutch were in 3rd.

Not surprisingly the World Champion Kilo pilot with Paralympic Champion stoker in Maclean and Fachie coasted to the win in the men's Kilo. Neil wasn't happy with the time, such is the high standard he has set for himself but it was more than good enough for Commonwealth Games qualification standard.

Day two was Pursuit day and erstwhile Ythan favourite Lora Turnham with new pilot, Corrine Hall broke the British Tandem record for 3km and took the gold easily. Massive congrats to Lora as that is two British Records on road and track she has taken this year.

Here are some excerpts from the British Cycling reports and links to the website/photos - DAY Three was Sprint Day and our Ythan heroes were back in action.

From BCF: ... -Newport-0

The third and final day of competition at the Newport International Para-cycling cup kicked off with the 200m time trial for the tandem sprint competition.

In the men’s competition it was Great Britain’s Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean who topped the table with a 10.344, ahead of Rinne Oost and Partick Bos of the Netherlands on 10.733 and Matt Eliis and Ieuan Williams on 10.756. Two other pairings broke the 11 second barrier – Jose Enrique Porto and Jose Antonio Villaneuva of Spain on 10.835 and Daniel Knegt and Teun Mulder of the Netherlands on 10.880. Eligibility rules meant that Knegt and Mulder weren’t able to progress to the match sprint phase, giving Iain Dawson and Neil Rutter won the chance to line up against Fachie and Maclean in the Quarter Finals.

Great Britain headed the women’s qualifying, too with Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James the fastest of the four tandems to go under 12 seconds. Their time of 11.424 put them exactly three tenths ahead of Aileen McGlynn and Fiona Duncan, riding for Scotland. Larissa van Klassen and Kim van Dijk of the Netherlands split the British contingent with an 11.807 ahead of Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall on 11.992.

It was Fachie and Maclean who progressed, though, closing out the tie in two rides in the quarter finals. All four matches were concluded without the need for a decider with Ellis and Williams, Oost and Bos, and Porto and Villaneuva also making it through the semis – the Spanish outfit enjoying a particularly lively pair of races against Stephen de Vries and Yorick Bos of the Netherlands.

The draw for the women’s competition threw up two all-British affairs with Thornhill and James easing past Scottish pairing (Team Thomson Cycles) Laura Cluxton and Lyndsey Carson in two and McGlynn and Duncan progressing in their match with Ni Knight and Katie Curtis of Disability Sport Wales without the need for a decider.

The last of the Great Britain tandems – Turnham and Hall – were relegated in their opening match to the German duo of Kenrike Handrup and Ellen Heiney – for failing to hold their line - but came from behind to progress while a very tense, tactical all-Dutch affair saw van Klassen and van Dijk dispatch Anouk van Bommel and Samantha van Steenis.

Back in the sprint competition and it was still plain sailing for Fachie and Maclean who progressed through to the final in two straight rides against the fiery Spanish duo of Porto and Villaneuva. Ellis and Williams gave Oost and Bos a good test, but in the end they simply didn’t have the pace of the Dutch duo, who also progressed to the final without the need for a decider.

The first of the women’s semis pitched the two Great Britain tandems against each other and the power of the sprinters won out over the endurance pairing with Thornhill and James making theor way to the final in two. It looked like McGlynn and Duncan might join them after some clever riding put the Scottish pair one up in the other semi against van Klassen and van Dijk but the Dutch pair tied up the match and then won the decider.

A fine weekend for Ellis and Williams didn’t quite end with a medal as, once again, they couldn’t quite match the pace of their opponents in the bronze medal match. They ran Porto and Villaneuva close, though and showed a lot of promise ahead of next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

In the final, Fachie and Maclean were simply too strong for Oost and Bos and won both matches comfortably to take the gold and look a strong prospect for a Scottish medal in Glasgow in July.

Fachie was pleased with the weekend’s medal haul. “We came here definitely looking to be competing for golds but we’ve not been together on the bike very long – it’s only a few weeks really – so it’s just trying to gel together, get some racing experience and the winning, obviously, is just a nice boost. “

Maclean added “Neil and I will be racing together, potentially, at the Commonwealth Games in July and this is the start of our build up for that, really. We have raced together, but it’s a couple of years ago now so it’s about familiarising ourselves with each other, I suppose.“

Once again it was a combination of clever piloting and raw speed that took the bronze for McGlynn and Duncan in the women’s competition – Turnham and Hall having to settle for fourth place. And the final was an exhibition of power and pace as Thornhill and James clinched another gold for Great Britain.
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