Report – Day 5 World Masters


The USA headed the medal table on day 5 with four Gold whilst the Aussies and British riders also had plenty of rainbow jerseys to celebrate

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Report – Day 5 World Masters

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2014 UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships – Day 5

October 4-11, 2014 | 430 riders from 33 countries | DAY 5, WEDNESDAY, OCT 8

It was another great day for the United States as they topped the medal tally again with four more rainbow jerseys added to the collection that leads the medal table for the 2014 UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Manchester.

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Just one of the four Gold medals for the USA; Women’s 45-49 Time Trial – (L-R) Janet-Birkmyre, champion Gea-Johnson of the USA and Julie-Cooper

British riders again had success with three Gold medals as did the Aussies whilst Denmark came away with two on the day and France one.

The day saw a great variety of races from time trials, pursuits, scratch and points races, team sprint and match sprinting. The champions on Day 5 were:

MEN’S 55-59 points: Larry Nolan (USA)
WOMEN’S 45-49 TT: Gea Johnson (USA)
WOMEN’S 55-59 TT: Elizabeth Heller (USA)
MEN’S 60-64 Points: Michael Birditt (USA)
WOMEN’S 35-39 TT: Madeline Moore (GBR)
WOMEN’S 40-44 TT: Alison Chisholm (GBR)
WOMEN’S 60+ TT: Gwynneth Rixon (GBR)
MEN’S 35-44 Team Sprint: Babici Squadra Veloce Pista (AUS) White, Rickard, Smith
MEN’S 55-59 Sprint: Gary Mandy (AUS)
MEN’S 60-64 Sprint: David Willmott (AUS)
MEN’S 50-54 scratch: Andreas Hartkopp (DEN)
WOMEN’S 50-54 TT: Janni Borman (DEN)
MEN’S 65-69 IP: Gerard Louis Robert (FRA)

MEN’S 60-64 Points
Michael Birditt of the USA won this event with some well timed sprinting and astute tactics in choosing a great attacking move that saw him and Bronze medallist Vinnie Smith take a lap. The race was over 40 laps and with only four sprints to gain points, the pace went straight to full gas from the off.

Points mean prizes (medals) in these races and by the first sprint, the field was already split and one rider lapped and out of the event. Attacks came and went and with around 18 laps to go, two riders went clear, Michael Birditt and Vinnie Smith (GBr). Birditt had three points from the first sprint but it was eventual Silver medallist Jean Louis Duble who had won the first two sprints giving him 10 ten points, and the Frenchman was looking good for the Gold until that decisive move by Birditt and Smith.


With ten points for a lap gain, it was a serious mistake for Duble to miss the move and while Birditt and Smith (above) were away, they mopped up the big points in Sprint three. Whilst the peloton did its best not to get lapped, the two leaders did just that with seven laps to go to add those 10 points to their race tallys.

The last sprint was going to be an important one to decide which medals went where and whilst race leader Birditt made no mistake winning the final five points to seal the victory, Smith was beaten by Duble and they ended the race tied on points. The Silver medal was therefore decided on countback and that went to the Frenchman as he was the higher placed of the two in the final sprint.

Men 50 – 54 Years Scratch Race
This was one of the races of the week and was super aggressive from the start. As soon as the gun went to signal the start, the attacks were everywhere on the track. Two riders soon escaped, Courtney Rowe of Wales and Andreas Hartkopp of Denmark.


Michael Blasczyk of Germany on the attack in the closing stages of his race complete with a rear disc from a valued sponsor of VeloUK, Quest bikes of London.

No sooner had they established a good gap, riders starting to come across one by one and after ten or so laps, there was a sort of regrouping if you can call a long line of riders with splits all over the place a regrouping! There was 16 laps to go and the speed was relentless with no-one able to break the elastic to go clear. That was until Michael Blasczyk of Germany kicked clear and going flat stick established a small gap with only five laps to go.

Andreas Hartkopp of Denmark fought hard to bridge the gap and behind it was a mess with the rest of the peloton spread out around the track again. Working together, the two kept the pressure on and the gap open before something happened and Hartkopp was suddenly clear of the German rider Blasczyk. That was how it stayed with the win going to Hartkopp whose celebrating a long before the line showed how much the victory meant whilst Blasczyk held on for the Silver. Third was Droguett of Chile.



Blasczyk (2nd) gives the medal a thumbs up. 

Men 55 – 59 Years Points Race
In the final of this event there was another Gold for Larry Nolan of the USA who has already been on the top step of the podium this week. Nolan scored three more points than his compatriot Mark Sommers with Russias Vladimir Zyryanov a further three points back in the Bronze medal position.

There were three sprint competitions during the day, two of them reaching their conclusion with the medals decided in the finals for the Men’s 55-59 and Men’s 60-64. The other Sprint event was for 45-49 men and the semi finals and finals for that will be on Day 6 (Thursday).

Men’s 55-59 Sprint
Australian Gary Mandy who had qualified faster by some margin the day before continued to destroy his opposition on the second day of this event. In the semi finals, he beat Aron Seiken (USA) two rides to nil and then did the same in the final against Kurt Sato (USA).


The Aussie from Wollongong in New South Wales was simply untouchable and the victory gave him his second rainbow jersey of the competition. In the fight for the bronze, it was two riders from the USA (they had three in the finals all told) who had to race it out with Aron Seiken proving to be the quickest with two wins over Jay Wolkoff giving Seiken the Bronze medal.

Mens Sprint 60 – 64 Years
The win in this event went to another Aussie, David Willmott who beat fellow countryman John Zivanovic two rides to nil in the final. Zivanovic had the easier ride into the final after Robert Pelegrin (USA) was unable to contest his semi final against the Australian.

Wilmott, who had beaten Jean Louis Duble in his semis, still had plenty in reserve though to win the Gold whilst the Bronze went to Jean Louis Duble (Fra) in a ride over.


Mens Team Sprint 35 – 44 Years
After the qualifying round where there were upsets aplenty as two of the seven teams were relegated for illegal changes, the finals for the event went smoothly. Well almost. First up were the British team Brooks B (Ben Elliott, John Bagnall, Tony Brooks) up against Team Argentina and on the line was the Bronze medal. After three flat out laps of the track, it was the British team who triumphed over a second faster than Argentina.


The Aussies get away in the final for Gold without a problem the second time round.

This left the final for the Gold and Silver and a mechanical whilst exiting the starting gate for the Aussie team called Babici Squadra Veloce Pista saw them having to change a rear wheel before the restart.

Despite the pressure of the race against time to get the bike fixed, the Aussies Gavin White, Daniel Rickard & Michael Smith remained composed as they raced flat stick against the Italian team comprising Dario Zampieri, Roberto Dardi, Ferruccio Veschetti. Despite man 1 for the Aussies gapping his two teammates on the first lap of the track, they kept the momentum going and crossed the line over a second up on the Italians to take the Gold with the Italians having to settle for Silver.

Mens Pursuit 65 – 69 Years
Frenchman Gerard Louis Robert continued his record breaking racing with no less than two new World Best marks in two rides. The first came in qualifying when he was fastest from the start list of 21 riders. Then, in the final against Colin Claxton of New Zealand, Gerard Louis Robert broke the record he’d set in the morning with a new world best of 2.28.336, almost five seconds faster than Claxton. The Bronze in the event went to Steffen Munch Hansen of Denmark who won by virtue of a walkover after third fastest in qualifying, Graham Truelove, was unable to ride the final.

Women 35 – 39 Years Time Trial

VC St Raphael rider Madeline Moore’s smile to light up a velodrome was out on show again today as she won yet another Gold medal and very decisively as well. Britain’s Moore recorded a time of 37.013 to the 37.810 of second placed Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen (Netherlands) who had been in tears the day before when winning her category’s Scratch race. The Bronze in the time trial today went to Aussie Rebecca Wheadon.

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L-R: Herrikhuyzen, champion  Moore and Wheadon on the podium after their race against the watch.

Women 45 – 49 Years Time Trial
American Gea Johnson was a delighted winner of this two lap race against the clock to win the Gold medal over a second faster than Britain’s Janet Birkmyre. Third from the nine starters in the event was another British rider, Julie Cooper.

Women 40 – 44 Years Time Trial
Another World Best was set in this event with British rider Alison Chisholm from Scotland holding off the challenge of two Aussies who took the Silver (Jessica Laws) and Bronze (Janelle Smith) medals.

Women 50 – 54 Years Time Trial
There was a new World best set in the Women’s 50-54 time trial by Denmark’s Janni Bormann who was over a second faster than second placed Aussie Julie Barnett with Japan’s Emi Wachi third, half a second slower.

Women 60 Plus Years Time Trial
Britain’s Gwynneth Rixon was fastest in this event to take home the rainbow jersey ahead of Finland’s Arja Scarsbrook and Jenni Nicholson of Britain.

Women 55 – 59 Years Time Trial
Elizabeth Heller of the USA was the best of the four competitors in this category, three tenths faster than second placed Petra Kluender of Germany. Third was Britain’s Brenda Tate.


MEN’S 60-64 Points
1 Michael Birditt USA 10 23pts
2 Jean Louis Duble FRA 14pts
3 Vincent Smith GBR 10 14pts
4 Malcolm Clasohm AUS 3pts
5 Steve Davies GBR 3pts
6 Shannon Fox USA 2pts
7 Patrick Samson FRA 2pts
8 Ian Humphreys GBR 2pts
9 Rene Grignon FRA 1pt
10 Patrick Gellineau USA
dnf Wendell Bole RSA
dnf Bob Barber GBR
dnf Jim Robertson GBR
dnf Christian Muselet FRA
dnf Bernhard Kluender GER

Women 35 – 39 Years Time Trial
1. Madeline Moore GBR 37.013
2. Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen NED 37.810
3. Rebecca Wheadon AUS 38.780
4. Linsey Hamilton USA 39.160
5. Jaana Hyvarinen FIN 39.468
6. Joanna Wiersma CAN 39.735
7. Christelle Ribault FRA 40.443
8. Niki Kovacs GBR 41.042
9. Jennifer Kalich USA 41.496
10. Victoria Hood GBR 41.822
11. Caroline Harding GBR 42.980

Women 40 – 44 Years Time Trial
1. Alison Chisholm GBR 37.048 ***
2. Jessica Laws AUS 37.445
3. Janelle Smith AUS 38.020
4. Adriana Perino ARG 38.250
5. Erin Criglington NZL 38.524
6. Dana Walton USA 38.610
7. Kellie Hards AUS 41.305
8. Peggy Series FRA 42.164
*** New World Masters Best Time

Women 45 – 49 Years Time Trial
1. Gea Johnson USA 36.116
2. Janet Birkmyre GBR 37.502
3. Julie Cooper GBR 37.744
4. Debbie Capewell GBR 38.494
5. Maria Herrera GUA 41.751
6. Jeanette Baxter GBR 41.953
7. Sharee Faulkner AUS 42.802
8. Monica Nevitt USA 44.766
9. Edvige Pettinato ITA 44.972

Women 50 – 54 Years Time Trial
1 Janni Bormann DEN 37.946 ***
2 Julie Barnett AUS 39.256
3 Emi Wachi JPN 39.702
4 Myrtle Hagedorn RSA 39.931
5 Annabell Holland USA 40.145
6 Suzanne Duncan-Gilbert GBR 40.45
7 Deborah Coulls AUS 40.638
8 Orla Hendron IRL 41.426
9 Makiko Hamada JPN 41.743
10 Bernadette Leinenweber FRA 47.061
*** New World Masters Best Time

Women 60 Plus Years Time Trial
1. Gwynneth Rixon* GBR 43.766
2. Arja Scarsbrook** FIN 43.868
3. Jenni Nicholson* GBR 45.839
4. Micheline Morel* GUA 48.446
* 60 – 64 Years ** 65 – 69 Years

Women 55 – 59 Years Time Trial
1. Elizabeth Heller USA 41.858
2. Petra Kluender GER 42.199
3. Brenda Tate GBR 43.826
4. Penelope Kingsland GBR 46.835

Mens Team Sprint 35 – 44 Years

1. Babici Squadra Veloce Pista (Aus) 49.423
Gavin White, Daniel Rickard & Michael Smith

2. Team Brevario (Italy) 49.713
Dario Zampieri, Roberto Dardi, Ferruccio Veschetti

3. Brooks 2 B (GBr) 50.472
Ben Elliott, John Bagnall, Tony Brooks

4. Team Argentina 52.163
Sergio Chucoff, Hugo Auge, German Cassani

Qualification Round
1st Babici Squadra Veloce Pista 49.019
Gavin White
Daniel Rickard
Michael Smith

2nd Team Brevario 49.721
Dario Zampieri
Roberto Dardi
Ferruccio Veschetti

3rd Brooks 2 B 50.130
Ben Elliott
John Bagnall
Tony Brooks

4 Team Argentina 52.474
Sergio Chucoff
Hugo Auge
German Cassani

5th North Cheshire Clarion 53.449
Nick Caton
Richard Youle-Grayling
James Roberts

Rel CAP Express 50.661
Aderito Da Cruz
Bruno Tanjon
Julien Muselet

Rel France 51.661
Vincent Kerfourn
Thierry Forler
Jerome Gueret

CAP Express – Relegation illegal 2nd exchange
France – Relegation illegal 2nd exchange

Men 55 – 59 Years Points Race (15 Km (60 Laps))
1 Larry Nolan USA 20pts
2 Mark Sommers USA 17pts
3 Vladimir Zyryanov RUS 14pts
4. Sylvan Adams CAN 4pts
5. Christopher Regan USA 4pts
6. Trevor Bradbury GBR 3pts
7. Graham Barclay GBR 1pt
8. Ian Donohue GBR 1pt
9. Deogracias Asuncion USA
10. Wally Bodin RSA
11. Michael Fairest GBR
12. Bernardo Figueroa COL
13. Anthony Jones GBR
14. Patrick Lemoine FRA
15. George J Van Rooyen RSA
16. Anders Staack GER -10pts
dnf Stephane Le Beau CAN
dnf Chris Davis GBR
dnf Mark Minting GBR
dnf Glen Heuvel RSA
dnf Lewis Marshall AUS
dnf Brian O’Kelly GBR

Men 50 – 54 Years Scratch Race (Final – 7.5 Km (30 Laps))
1 Andreas Hartkopp DEN
2 Michael Blasczyk GER
3 Miguel Droguett CHI
4. Roberto Dardi ITA
5. Peter Toth CAN
6. Philippe Vernet FRA
7. Adrian Ward GBR
8. Mark Wiffen GBR
9. Colin Parkinson GBR
10. Stephen Clayton GBR
11. Andrew Nevitt USA
12. Francis Bruderer GUA
13. Geoff Stoker AUS
14. Philippe Corvaisier FRA
15. Kenny Gray GBR
16. Peter Ettles GBR
17. Alphonso Whaley USA
18. Geoffrey Baxter AUS
19. Jose Cardoso BRA
20. Michel Lacouline CAN
21. Ivor Reid GBR
22. Courtney Rowe GBR @ 1Lap
dnf Matthew Diefenbach USA
dnf Ferruccio Veschetti ITA
Race Time: 9:23


1st Michael Blasczyk GER
2nd Andreas Hartkopp DEN
3rd Miguel Droguett CHI
4th Michel Lacouline CAN
5th Francis Bruderer GUA
6th Peter Toth CAN
7th Geoff Stoker AUS
8th Stephen Clayton GBR
9th Jose Cardoso BRA
10th Ferruccio Veschetti ITA
11th Matthew Diefenbach USA
12th Alphonso Whaley USA
13th Cecil Bernard USA
14th Ian Greenstreet GBR
15th Paul Jones GBR
16th Vladimir Makeev RUS
17th Tony Orrell GBR
18th Ricardo Pereyra ARG
19th Geraldo Reis BRA
dnf Jerry Cross GBR

Race Time: 06:36
1st Peter Ettles GBR
2nd Philippe Vernet FRA
3rd Roberto Dardi ITA
4th Mark Wiffen GBR
5th Ivor Reid GBR
6th Geoffrey Baxter AUS
7th Kenny Gray GBR
8th Andrew Nevitt USA
9th Colin Parkinson GBR
10th Philippe Corvaisier FRA
11th Adrian Ward GBR
12th Courtney Rowe GBR
13th Kenneth Berner DEN
14th Andrew Ballentyne GBR
15th Dave Maminski USA
16th Nigel Stephens GBR
17th Konstantin Bronnikov RUS
18th David Gulick USA
19th Dominique Sioul FRA
20th Grenville Scullard RSA
Race Time: 06:43

Mens Pursuit 65 – 69 Years

For 1st & 2nd Place
1. Gerard Louis Robert FRA 2.28.336 ***
2. Colin Claxton NZL 2.33.284
*** New World Masters Best Time

For 3rd & 4th Place
3. Steffen Munch Hansen DEN
4. Graham Truelove GBR dns

Qualification – 2000m (8 Laps)
1st Gerard Louis Robert FRA 2.29.298
2nd Colin Claxton NZL 2.31.441
3rd Graham Truelove GBR 2.34.020
4th Steffen Munch Hansen DEN 2.34.129
5th David Mulica USA 2.36.302
6th Steven Lehman USA 2.36.469
7th Michel Briat FRA 2.40.611
8th Jan Brander NED 2.40.941
9th Christopher Anstey CAN 2.40.973
10th Robbie Duncan GBR 2.41.188
11th Jack Kelso USA 2.41.238
12th Gerald Agnew USA 2.41.257
13th David Rutherford GBR 2.43.631
14th Shigeru Ito JPN 2.46.440
15th John Moss RSA 2.48.338
16th Patrick Whelan USA 2.48.574
17th Dennis Knabe GBR 2.54.012
18th Chris Streather GBR 2.58.275
19th George Grant GBR 2.59.585
20th Jose Olaskoaga ESP 3.00.830
21st Enrique E Moyano ARG 3.03.346
*** New World Masters Best Time

Mens Sprint 45 – 49 Years

1st Philip Houlton GBR 11.08
2nd James Lawrence USA 11.284
3rd Brian Abers USA 11.307
4th Neil Potter GBR 11.323
5th Fabio Alberti ITA 11.47
6th Michael Paulin USA 11.685
7th Bruno Caporossi FRA 11.697
8th Patrick Larabee USA 12.04
9th Didier Leinenweber FRA 12.159
10th Juan Carlos Bosmediano ECU 12.495
11th Jean Paul Benvenuto FRA 12.549
12th Simon Best GBR 12.72
13th Paul Gittins GBR 12.936
14th Manuel Siekavizza GUA 13.029
15th Andy Aldridge GBR 13.293

Round 1
1st Philip Houlton GBR 12.745
2nd Juan Carlos Bosmediano ECU
3rd Andy Aldridge GBR

1st James Lawrence USA 12.343
2nd Didier Leinenweber FRA
3rd Manuel Siekavizza GUA

1st Brian Abers USA 12.213
2nd Patrick Larabee USA
3rd Paul Gittins GBR

1st Neil Potter GBR 11.513
2nd Bruno Caporossi FRA
3rd Simon Best GBR

Round 1 Repechage Result
1st Juan Carlos Bosmediano ECU 12.909
2nd Simon Best GBR
3rd Jean Paul Benvenuto FRA

1st Michael Paulin USA 12.413
2nd Didier Leinenweber FRA
3rd Paul Gittins GBR

1st Bruno Caporossi FRA 12.334
2nd Patrick Larabee USA
3rd Manuel Siekavizza GUA
4th Andy Aldridge GBR

Medal Table (Gold medals)
 USA 16
 GBR 14
 DEN 5
 AUS 4
 FRA 3
 ITA 2
 NED 1
 LAT 1
 ESP 1
 AUD 1
 NZL 1
 FIN 1
 IRL 1

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