The Tour de France is almost over for another year, but the cycling momentum continues as we move our attention to Scotland, and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The Aussies have sent in a 41-member team, of whom 32 are Games newbies, six are current Commonwealth Games gold medallists and five are current World Champions.
We are pumped! If that’s not a stellar line-up, what is?!
So what’s been happening on the track?
The Aussie cyclists have certainly been doing a lot to keep our medal bag full of metal! It all began with Track Queen Anna Meares, who nailed not only the first gold for the country but broke a Commonwealth Games record and re-wrote the history books, becoming the first woman to win the same cycling event three times in a row.
Meares clocked 33.435 for the Women’s Time Trial, followed quickly thereafter by fellow Aussie Stephanie Morton (34.079), who can now boast silver for her Commonwealth Games debut. But by day four situations had changed, with Morton outsprinting Meares to take gold in the women's sprint event.
The women set a hard act to follow, but the men did a great job emulating their success with the Men’s Team Pursuit Quartet (Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alexander Edmondson and Glenn O’Shea) defending their 4,000m title to also bag gold for Australia.
Shane Perkins, Matthew Glaetzer and Nathan Hart then took bronze in the Men’s Team Sprint, as did the Women’s Para-Cycling Tandem Sprint (Brandie O’Connor and Pilot Breanna Hargrave). Glaetzer then continued the dream run with gold in the keirin.
And the flurry continued!
Annette Edmondson took gold in the Women’s 10km Scratch, as did Scott Sunderland who defended his 1,000m Time Trial title. The Men’s Para-Sport Sprint B2 tandem rocked the Chris Hoy veldodrome, with Kieran Modra and pilot Jason Niblett scraping into second ahead of fellow Aussies Paul Kennedy and pilot Thomas Clarke.
More to come...!
What cycling events form part of this Commonwealth Games?
The great thing about the Games is it’s of course not just one discipline of cycling. Instead, we get to see a variety of types and distances of riding. Plenty to keep everyone in happy. On the CG menu we have:
24 – 27 July
Includes Sprint, 1000m Time Trial (M), 500m Time Trial (W), 1000m Time Trial B Tandem Men and Women (para-cycling), Keirin, 4000m Individual Pursuit (M), 3000m Individual Pursuit (W), 40km Points Race (M), 25km Points Race (W), 20km Scratch Race (M), 10km Scratch Race (W), Team Sprint, 4000m Team Pursuit, Sprint B Tandem (para-cycling).
Keirin originated in Japan, where it remains hugely popular, and is definitely an action-packed event. It is based on the Track and involves six – eight cyclists following a moped style bike, called a Derny, around the Track. As each lap progresses the Derny picks up the pace. Cyclists must not overtake the Derny, and the whole aim of the first five and a half laps is for the riders to work for the best position. With two and a half laps to go, the Derny pulls away, the race basically becomes a free-for-all and cyclists must sprint the remaining distance.
This event gets its name from where all riders must start the race – all in the same place/ on the scratch. The aim is to basically get to the finish line first, but it’s what happens in that process that makes things really interesting. This is where we see cat-and-mouse tactics as some riders work together to gain distance from the rest of the pack, whilst allies might work to keep certain competitors away from their main contender. Great stuff!
Who’s representing us in Track?
Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alexander Edmondson, Glenn O’Shea, Miles Scotson, Scott Sunderland, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins, Matthew Glaetzer, Nathan Hart, Peter Lewis, Shane Perkins, Anna Meares, Stephanie Morton, Paul Kennedy, Thomas Clarke, Kieran Modra, Jason Niblett, Felicity Johnson, Holly Takos, Brandie O’Connor, Breanna Hargrave.
Road Race and Time Trials
31 July – 03 August
The course has been set to take riders on specific road circuit around Glasgow’s most touristy parts of town. As such, it promises to be a stunning backdrop – not that the athletes will be paying all that much attention to the scenery! It will add to our enjoyment, though!
Who is representing us in Road Racing and Time Trials?
Mark Renshaw, Simon Clarke and Luke Durbridge are coming straight over from their incredible work at the Tour de France. They will be joined by Rohan Dennis, Caleb Ewan, Nathan Haas, Michael Hepburn, Tiffany Cromwell, Gracie Elvin, Katrina Garfoot, Shara Gillow, Chloe Hosking and Melissa Hoskins.
Mountain Bike – Cross Country
The Cathkin Braes Country Park has been specifically built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The course promises to call on technique, speed as well as endurance.
Who is representing us in Mountain Bike?
Andrew Blair, Cameron Ivory, Daniel McConnell, Rebecca Henderson, Peta Mullens and Tory Thomas.
What about Triathlon?
The triathlon is a classic Olympic distance – a 1,500m swim followed by a 40km bike leg and a 10km run. It will take place in and around the Strathclyde Country Park.
This year tri lovers will be treated to something different with the inclusion of a Mixed Relay event. It comprises two men and two women, each athlete competing a super sprint tri and then tagging their team mate.
Who is representing us in Triathlon?
Olympians Emma Moffat and Emma Jackson along with Ashleigh Gentle, Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie and Dan Wilson.