2011 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships: Day 4

The fourth evening of the UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championships saw eleven titles awarded to riders after a night of sprinting, time trials and bunch races for men and women at the Manchester Velodrome on Thursday (Oct 13)

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Evening Session

There was also the added bonus news for Masters riders that the Championships will be continuing at Manchester for at least two more years and in 2012, the event will be held between October 6 to 14.

Men’s 35-39 Sprint

The evening session commenced with Round 3 of the sprint and in the first heat Wesley Pierce (USA) beat Richard St Pierre (Gbr) in a straight forward drag race to the line. Neil Campbell (Gbr) was up next and he to had an easy victory, this one against Per Bjesse (USA).  The final round 3 heat saw a much more tactical race between Yann Dujaerrier (Fra) who after a battle with Fabian Keiser (Sui), managed to get his front wheel across the line first.

For the losers in each of the heats, there was a single repechage where Richard St Pierre (Gbr) went for a long  for a long one and just, and only, mades it to the line ahead of Fabian Keiser (Sui) and Per Bjesse (USA).

There were no surprises in the Semi Finals and with many of the riders having already faced each other during the previous rounds, it was no surprise when Wesley Pierce (USA) beat Richard St Pierre (Gbr), winner of the rep, two rides to nil without having to really stretch himself in the process.

Neil Campbell (Gbr) however had a slightly tougher battle with Yann Dujaerrier of France with the British rider taking the Frenchman for a tour of the track in the second heat, top to bottom, before making a late run around the outside take the match and go through to the gold medal final after having already won the first heat.

In the Bronze medal final, Yann Dujaerrier of France made light work of seeing off the challenge from Britain’s Richard St Pierre and Neil Campbell followed that up by equally having far too much power and speed for Wesley Pierce (USA) to win the Gold medal matches two to nil. Campbell was both tactically and physically better and seemed very controlled in the way he waited for his moment to pass, did so and then sped away from the US rider as he liked. It was Campbell’s first Masters World title.

1.    Neil Campbell (Gbr)
2.    Wesley Pierce (USA)
3.    Yann Dujaerrier (Fra)
4.    Richard St Pierre (Gbr)
5.    Per Bejess (USA)
6.    Fabian Keiser (Sui)

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Men’s 40-44 Sprint

There was another Gold medal for the powerful Australian Gavin White in the Men’s 40-44 Sprint as he went through the competition hardly stretched by his rivals. White breezed through the 3rd Round beating Javier Ardana (Arg) pretty easily but in contrast, there were some photo finishes needed to decide the other two heats.

Aderito Dacruz of France managed to beat Allen Vugrinicic (USA) with a very well timed throw of the bike at the line in a close finish with the US rider. Likewise, Edgardo Giovanni (Arg) upset the form guide by then beating Britain’s Neil Potter in a photo finish.

The losers from round three though had one more chance, a repechage and in it, Neil Potter went for a long one from two laps out and for a while had a big gap but the final lap saw him tying up badly and into the home straight, he was swamped as Javier Ardana beat Allen Vugrinicic with Potter third and out of the competition.

It was onto the Semi Finals but White still hadn’t found anyone to stretch him and like he had in earlier rounds, he demolished Javier Ardana (Arg) in two straight rides.

The heat between Edgardo Giovanni (Arg) and Aderito Dacruz (Fra) was an eventful one. In the first match, Giovanni crossed the line first but Dacruz protested that the rider from Argentina had entered the sprinters lane whilst he was still in it. Not so said the video evidence and the result stood. In the second heat, there was no time for any mucking around with Giovanni taking a flyer and going on to win the match by a large margin and go through to the Gold medal ride off.

As always, it was the Bronze medal ride off that went first and the two matches for the Bronze were eventful to say the least. One of the popular tactics in these championships is for one rider to pin the another against the fence and Javier Ardana (Arg) found himself in that position as Aderito Dacruz pushed him high and refused to give him any room.

Ardana though dived off the banking, finding the power to jump ahead of Aderito Dacruz (Fra) and cross the line first only to be relegated. More confusion in the next heat when Dacruz crossed the line first on what appeared to be the final lap only for Ardana to jump past and carry on and thinking he had won. He hadn’t and Dacruz had won the bronze medal two rides to nil.

In the final set of races for the Gold, Gavin White led  Edgardo Giovanni (Arg) round the track  and after a drag race to get the front as the bell rang, once on the front, White was never challenged and won easily. It was the same in the second heat although Giovanni did try the desperate card by protesting that White had entered the sprinters lane but White was always going to win and the judges knew that too and the Gold went to white with silver for Giovanni.

Men’s 45-49 Scratch Race

After German Gomez spent most of the race off the front, and even came close to gaining a lap at one point, his legs after 30 or more laps in the lead were never going to hold off the bunch and then when he got closed down, Britain’s Colin Parkinson took a flyer but he too was unable to outrun the peloton and in the sprint for the line, Thomas Kapuste was the winner from Paul Whatmough of Britain. Jaime Cardona of Columbia was third.

1. Thomas Kapuste (Ger)
2. Paul Whatmough (Gbr)
3. Jaime Cardona (Columbia)
4. Geoffrey Baxter, (Aus)
5. David Klipper (USA)
6. Eric Bonneau (Fra)
7. Vigen Sarkisian (Rus)
8. Andrew Jackson (Gbr)
9. Trevor Burke (Gbr)
10. David Gulick (USA)

Men’s 50-54 Scratch

There are two ways these races can go; one is to end in a bunch kick after rolling around for 40 laps and the second is for the race to be very aggressive and so it was the latter with two of the favourites getting away very early on.

First defending champion Stephane Lebeau (Canada)  went clear and after a chase, Claus Christiansen joined him and it took a while but working well together, the two of them took the lap and pretty much sealed the first two medals with 23 laps to go.

More riders try to get away to do the same, but the gate had been shut and it wasn’t until the closing laps that finally the peloton started to split in the run up to the bunch kick and a small group got away from which Vincente Zoric (Arg)  won the Bronze medal while Lebeau managed to outsprint Christiansen for the Gold.

1.    Stephane Lebeau (Canada)
2.    Claus Christiansen (Denmark)
3.    Vicento Zoric (Argentina)
4.    Shaun Wallace (USA)
5.    Francisco Lombardo (Arg)
6.    Ivor Reid (Scotland)
7.    Bernardo Figueroa (Col)
8.    Ted Kicey (USA)
9.    David Mills (Gbr)
10.    Paul Caton (Gbr)

Women’s 35-44 Scratch

Dana Walton won more Gold for these championships when the rider from the USA outsprinted Cheryl Hulskamps (Aus) and  Kimberly Edwards after a fairly uneventful 20 laps of the track where the only event of note was a crash to a lone rider in the final few laps before the sprint.

1. Dana Walton (USA)
2. Cheryl Huskamps (Aus)
3. Kimberely Edwards (USA)
4. Sandra Bletchley (Aus)
5. Siobhan Mullen (Gbr)
6. Clara Lopez (Col)
7. Elisa Gianchino (RSA)
8. Mindy Simmons (USA)
9. Caroline Harding (Gbr)
10. Susie Mitchell (Ire)

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Women’s 45 + Scratch

Yet another Gold medal for Janet Birmyre (Gbr), her third of the championships already, as her rivals played right into hands in this 20 lap scratch race. Birkmyre is too fast to take a finish on the track or the road but nobody seemed able to distance her and every time someone tried, Birkmyre was straight on it.
The only way she was ever going to be beaten was for multiple attacks to be launched one after the other to test her powers of recovery but that never happened and in the sprint finish, Birkmyre did what she does best and that was too burst away from her rivals to win the Gold.
1.    Janet Birkmyre (Gbr)
2.    Lise Benjamin (Aus)
3.    Orla Hendron (Ire)
4.    Petra Klurender (Ger)
5.    Elizabeth Claytton (Gbr)
6.    Chrissy Higgs (Gbr)
7.    Jayne Payne (Gbr)
8.    Makiko Hamada (Japan)
9.    Isabel Leon (Mexico)

Men’s 70-74 Time Trial

Off in the last heat, Trinidad’s Henry Early was visibly quicker than his rivals as he set a new world best for the category in the two lap sprint round the track, over two seconds quicker than the next rider, Guido Lupo of Italy who won the Silver. Bronze was won by Britain’s Roland Crayford.

1.    Henry Earl (Tri) 38.991 (new world best)
2.    Guido Lupo (Ita) 41.291
3.    Roland Crayford (Gbr) 41.466
4.    Michael McDonald (USA) 42.136
5.    John Mason (Gbr) 43.026
6.    Peter Robertson (Gbr) 43.166
7.    Ron Grant (Aus)  43.701
8.    Alan Whitworth (Gbr) 43.922
9.    Victor Posse (Gbr) 44.514
10.    Brian Newton (Gbr)  44.520
11.    Gordon Johnston (Gbr) 45.255
12.    Denis Robinson (Aus)  45.667
13.    David Sankey (Gbr) 46.793
14.    Neil Orrell (Gbr) 48.964

Men’s 75+ Time Trial

There was another new World best set in the 75+ category by Thomas O’Rouke of the USA. He was already the holder of the world best time for the category but off last, he took almost a second off the old time to win Gold. Silver went to Britain’s Derek Thurrell and Bronze to France’s Raymond Pelle.

1.    Thomas O’Rouke (USA) best time holder  41.854
2.    Derek Thurrell (Gbr) 43.705
3.    Raymond Pelle (Fra) 44.237
4.    Roy Savery (gbr) 45.357
5.    Gunter Badstubner (Ger) 46.756
6.    Owen Duffy (NZL) 46.717
7.    Andre Beaufils (Fra) 53.457

Men’s 60-64 Points

A winner already in the Championships, Steve Davies started well, finishing second in the first sprint after being pipped to the line by Patrick Gellineau of the USA who promptly attacked and a group of four riders Patrick Gellineau, Graham Truelove (Gbr), Patrick Samson (Fra) and David Mulica (USA) proceeded to take a lap.

The race quickly became a battle between these four with Truelove and Gellineau the strongest and fastest in the sprints and Truelove almost stole the race from Gellineau in the closing stages with a break that saw him get away from his rival but Gellineau held on to win from Truelove with Samson‘s lone point plus the lap enough to get him the Bronze.

1. Patrick Gellineau (USA) Gold
2. Graham Truelove (Gbr)
3. Patrick Samson (Fra)
4. David Mulica, (USA)
5. Carlos Reybaud,(Arg)
6. Edurado Gualtieri (Arg)
7. Eduardo Gualtieri (Arg)
8. Thomas Demery (Gbr)
9. Steve Davies (Gbr)
10. Alistair Cameron (Gbr)

Men’s 50-59 Points

Yet another attacking and very quick race as the riders didn’t hang about getting up to speed in this 60 lap race. Jimmy Rutherford was hungry for Gold and he proceeded to take a lap with  Maas Van Beek (Ned)   only for another of the favourites James Host to do the same.

The race proceeded to then become a battle royal between the two with Host scoring in every sprint after the lap gain and Rutherford likewise. Van Beek too was also in the hunt for Gold, only a few points adrift of the other  two and coming into the final sprint, Rutherford lead by a point. Could the likeable Brit finally get his hand on that Gold. Well, no. Host proceeded to win the final sprint with Rutherford just behind in second and the five points for Host saw him take the title by a virtue of being the higher placed of the two in that final sprint.

What then followed was a lengthy inquest into whether Host had broken any rules during the race and also had help from others when they should have been put back into the race in a different group.  The end result however was that Host was declared the winner from Rutherford.

1.    James Host (USA)
2.    Jimmy Rutherford (Gbr)
3.    Maas van Beek (Ned)
4.    Dider Ramet (Fra)
5.    Bernhard Kluender (Ger)
6.    Mark Zaschke (Gbr)
7.    Russell Scott (Nzl)
8.    Ian Humphrys (Gbr)
9.    Tom Daly (Ire)
10.    Martin Bush (Gbr)

Men’s 65-69 Scratch

It’s not often a lone rider can escape a long way from home and hold off the peloton but that’s just what David Rutherford (Gbr) did when he escaped in the second half of the 20 lap race and with no-one wanting to be the one to chase in the bunch, the British rider held on to win Gold. In the bunch sprint for Silver, Graziano Pantosti (Ita) was second and Michael Williams (USA) third.

1.    David Rutherford (gbr)
2.    Graziano Pantosti (Ita)
3.    Michael Williams (USA)
4.    Heinz Bandener (Ger)
5.    Michael Brat (Fra)
6.    Geoff Cooke (Gbr)
7.    Enrique Moyano (Arg)
8.    Kevin McCombe (Nzl)
9.    Lance Ravenhill (Gbr)
10.    Steffan Hansen (Denmark)


Men’s 35-39 Sprint
The early rounds of the sprint competition went pretty much to seeding and there were no major surprises outside of the number 1 seed, Sky Christopherson of the USA not starting the first round after having qualified fastest.

With Christopherson out, the door was open for the other qualifiers to do their best to get through to the third round.  As expected, the qualifying times were a fairly good guide as to who was in form and who wasn’t and in round 3, second fastest qualifier Neil Campbell (Gbr) meets seventh fastest Per Bjesse (USA) who won his second round rep to stay in the competition.

Third fastest qualifier Fabian Keiser (Sui) will race fifth fastest Yann Dujaerrier (Fra) while ninth fastest Wesley Pierce (USA) has done well to get through to round 3 and he meets 15th fastest Richard St Pierre who came back through the repechages in round 2.

Following is a round by round summary of the sprint action in this category:

1.    Sky Christopherson (USA) 10.698
2.    Neil Campbell (Gbr) 10.899
3.    Fabian Keiser (Sui) 10.928
4.    Lee Povey (Gbr) 11.231
5.    Yann Dujaerrier (Fra) 11.272
6.    Brent Stein (USA) 11.319
7.    Per Bjesse (USA) 11.394
8.    Ciampone Mancini (Bra) 11.432
9.    Wesley Pierce (USA) 11.627
10.    Thierry Forler (Fra) 11.679

Round 1

Heat 1
Roald Sogno ride over Sky Christopherson (USA)

Heat 2
1.    Neil Campbell beat Richard St Peirre (Gbr) and Roberto Colon (Pur)

Heat 3
Fabian Keiser (Sui) beat Andy Stuart (Gbr) and Callum Finlayson (Gbr)

Heat 4
Lee Povey (Gbr) beat Jean Claude Voegeli (Sui)

Heat 5
Yann Dujaerrier (Fra) beat John Bagnall (Gbr) and Jaramillo Gallardo (Spain)

Heat 6
Brent Stein (USA)  beat Mark Robinson (Gbr) and Cryille Santerre (Spain)

Heat 7
Per Bjess beat Thierry Forler and Dimitri Burdiniski (Rus)

Heat 8
Ciampone Mancini (Bra) and Allesandro Picco (Ita)

Round 1 Reps
Heat 1
John Bagnall beat Allessandro Picco and Dimitri Budinski

Heat 2
Richard St Pierre beat Mark Robinson and Callum Finlayson

Heat 3
Thierry Forler beat Andy Stuart, Roberto Colon and Cyrille Santerre

Heat 4
Richardo Gallardo beat Ciampone Mancini and Jean Claude Voegeli

Round 2
Heat 1
Wesley Pierce (USA)  beat Richardo Gallardo and Roald Sogno

Heat 2
Neil Campbell (Gbr)  beat Thierry Forler and Per Bjess

Heat 3
Fabian Keiser (Sui)  beat Brent Stein (USA)   and Richard St Pierre

Heat 4
Yann Dujaerrier (Fra) beat John Bagnall and Lee Povey

Men’s 40-44 Sprint
A gold medal winner already, Gavin White of Australia, continued to show good form when he was the only rider under 11 seconds in the flying 200 metre sprint qualifier for the Men’s 40-44 Sprint. White then progressed through the early rounds untroubled and will race against  Javier Ardana (Arg) in round 3.

Also getting through to Round 3 was second fastest qualifier Aderito Dacruz (Fra) who races Allen Vugrinicic (USA) in round 3 while Britain’s Neil Potter also came through the early rounds unscathed and races Edgardo Giovanni (Arg)  in round 3.

There are also two repechages to be run prior to Round 3 with four riders in each fighting to be the ones to get through to round 3.

Following is a round by round summary of the sprint action in this category:

1.    Gavin White (Aus) 10.932
2.    Aderito Dacruz (Fra) 11.096
3.    Neil Potter (Gbr) 11.248
4.    Edgardo Giovanni (Arg)  11.240
5.    Andrew Weathers (USA) 11.294
6.    Allen Vugrinicic (USA) 11.375
7.    Javier Ardana (Arg) 11.412
8.    Lou Pascuzzie (Aus) 11.448
9.    Michael Paulin (USA) 11.546
10.    Daniel Rickard (Aus) 11.584

Round 1
Heat 1
Gavin White beat Brendan Wheelan (Ire) 12.782

Heat 2
Aderito Dacruz beat Carsten Siegfried (Ger) 12.085

Heat 3
Neil Potter beat Tony Brooks (Gbr) 12.561

Heat 4
Edgardo Giovanni (Arg)   beat Guy Tucker (USA) 12.036

Heat 5
Andrew Weathers beat Jean Paul Benvenuto (Fra) and Brian Coonan (Ire)

Heat 6
Allen Vugrinicic (USA) beat Joseph Santaniello (Nor) and Paul Gittins (Gbr)

Heat 7
Javier Ardana (Arg) beat Daniel Rickard Amaury Hernandez (Pur)

Heat 8
Lou Pascuzzie (Aus) beat Michael Paulin (USA) and Chris Pease (Gbr) 12.433

Round 1 Reps
Heat 1
Jean Paul Benvenuto (Fra) beat Chris Pease and Brendan Wheelan

Heat 2
Carsten Siegfried (Ger) beat Amaury Hernandez (Pur) and Joseph Santaniello (Nor)

Heat 3
Daniel Rickard (Aus) beat Tony Brooks (Gbr) and Paul Gittins (Gbr)

Heat 4
Michael Paulin (USA) beat Guy Tucker (USA) and Brian Coonan (Ire)

Round 2
Heat 1
Gavin White (Aus)  beat Lou Pascuzzie (Aus) and Michael Paulin (USA)

Heat 2
Aderito Dacruz (Fra)  beat  Javier Ardana (Arg)  and Daniel Rickard (Aus)

Heat 3
Neil Potter beat Allen Vugrinicic (USA) and Carsten Siegfried (Ger)

Heat 4
Edgardo Giovanni (Arg) beat Andrew Weathers (USA) and  Jean Paul Benvenuto (Fra)

Men’s 45-49 Scratch
Run over a distance of 20 laps (5K), 12 riders from each heat qualified for the final this evening. They were:

Heat 1
1.Michael Bevan (RSA)
2. Patrick Marcucci (Aus)
3. German Gomez (Arg)
4. Andres Cardona (Col)
5. Adrian Ward (Gbr)
6. Ian Greenstreet (Gbr)
7. David Klipper (Gbr)
8. Michael Blasczyk (ger)
9. Colin Parkinson (Gbr)
10. Adrian Adgar (Gbr)
11. David Gulick (USA)
12. Trevor Burke (Gbr)

Heat 2
1.    Stephen Clayton, (Gbr)
2.    William Fotheringham (Gbr)
3.    Peter Ettles (Gbr)
4.    4. Thomas Kapuste (Ger)
5.    Andrew Jackson (Gbr)
6.    Vigen Sarkisian (Rus)
7.    Brian Pool (Gbr)
8.    Geoffrey Baxter (Aus)
9.    Paul Whatmough (Gbr)
10.    Eric Bonneau (Fra)
11.    Kerry Hartford (New Zealand)
12.    Douw Grundling (RSA)

Men’s 50-54 Scratch

Two heats were needed for the Men’s 50-54 Scratch race to find the 24 riders for the final and in both heats there was a varied mix of riders from around the world managing to get through their heats over a distance of 20 laps (5K).  The aim for the riders was to get through the event with minimum damage to their legs ahead of the evening’s final and those making it through were as follows:

Heat 1
1.    Claus Christiansen (Den)
2.    Ferruccio Veschetti (Ita)
3.    Shaun Wallace (USA)
4.    Vladimir Zyrianov (Rus)
5.    Rubiel Cortes (Col)
6.    Jorge Zoric (Arg)
7.    Franisco Lombardo (Arg)
8.    David Mills (Gbr)
9.    Cecil Bernard (USA)
10.    Neville Ackerman (RSA)
11.    Neil Stainthorpe (Gbr)
12.    Gordon Aubrey (USA)

Heat 2
1.    Michael Popplewell, (Aus)
2.    Stephane Lebeau (Can)
3.    Bernado Figueroa (Col)
4.    Ivor Reid (Scotland)
5.    Abel Luna (Arg)
6.    Trevor Bradbury (gbr)
7.    Courtney Rowe (Wales)
8.    Sixten Wackstrom (Fin)
9.    Ted Kicey (USA)
10.    Tony Trigg (Gbr)
11.    Paul Caton (gbr)
12.    Miguel Rossi (Arg)




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