News: Fall for Vic Barnett at Worlds


Vic Barnett of Welland Valley Cycling Club travelled to Gossau, Switzerland to defend his World Masters Cyclo-cross 65 to 69 years old title

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Vic was well aware it would be a massive task if he was going to complete a very rare triple of World titles as his winter season has been severely hampered by a hamstring injury. In very muddy claggy conditions, Vic suffered from a mechanical in the warm up which rendered one of two of his bikes out of action. With the conditions so poor and bicycles clogging in a matter of minutes Vic would struggle with only one bike.

The spirit and camaraderie of the team representing Great Britain was fantastic as they rallied round to support each other, one member lending Vic his bike as a spare. It is unfortunate British Cycling does not support this age group, very different from other Nations, with any assistance or equipment.

The race itself on Saturday afternoon was the first Championship of an action packed weekend. From the start Vic was in the leading pack of four until a tumble followed by another tumble saw his challenge for the title slog away. As Vic fought to find good ground in the muddy conditions he was joined by his British team mate Peter Mooney at the mid-way point of the three lap race. As the duo battled in the Swiss fields Peter eased away from Vic to finish 5th and 6th respectfully behind new World Champion Jean Bernard Galissaire from France.

Behind Peter and Vic were John Ginley 9th and Mike Ives 12th.

In another category, Dave McMullen won his age category, 60-64.


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