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World Masters Track Championships - CMM
Manchester, England, October 8 - 13, 2001
Day 6 - October 13
Highlights from day six
Steven Alfred the new model Mini Master
If you didn't already know, the Master's World Championships youngest age division is 30 - 35 years. These are affectionately known as the Mini Masters. This year was the first year for the newest model mini master Steven Alfred. Steven from Trinidad Tabago represented at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia in 1998. First ride in competition for Steven at this year's Worlds was the 30 - 35 sprint. The qualifying round was the first indication of things to come clocking 10.980 seconds for the 200 metres. Steven then proceeded through the rounds without too much trouble. The final was very controlled Steven going to the front early in the race gradually increasing the speed to keep his rivals behind. Coming into the last lap it looked like Steven hit the turbo button accelerating to cover the last 200 metres in 11.4 seconds. First race, first rainbow jersey, first gold medal.
The last day of the Championships is Olympic Sprint day. Teams are sorted into two categories, one being a combined team age of 135 years and over and the other being any combination or an open age category. Steven joined two other world champions Dave Le Grys and Geoff Stoker to ride the Olympic Sprint in the open category. The team was named Cool Runnings after the film about the Jamaican bob sled team because of Stevens background. In the qualifying ride the team broke the world record with a 48.250 second effort. If that wasn't enough after analysing a few things from the qualification ride, Cool Runnings team in the final lowered the World mark to new best time of 47.97 seconds. Great start to a 33 year old at his first World Championship.
Harry Shaw the unstoppable
Harry Shaw (Australia) certainly deserves a mention after an amazing week of competition. Harry, if you didn't know, has been in bike racing since Noah rode around the deck of the ark. Harry was more than likely giving Noah advice on his technique and how to get around the deck quicker. Well, anyway, Harry this week did some great things. At the Championships, they haven't yet established a 70 plus category so he has to compete with the 65 plus riders. A jersey is awarded to the first 70 plus rider. So Harry has won all four of those this week which in itself is great. Talking with Harry on the last day he said it would be just great to have a medal from the 65 plus competition. So in the points race, using all his skills gathered over the years and some Danny Clarke style positioning, he scored a silver medal. 'Harry Shaw' if you say it quickly to a Russian it means good, never a truer word could describe such an achievement.
Keith Oliver convincingly won the 10k Points Race to give him his fourth victory on the final day of competition at the World Masters. The Australian remained unbeaten having taken the top honours in the Sprint, Time Trial and Pursuit events. But the race was not without it's problems.
Coming into the finishing straight with just four laps to go the riders were involved in a crash with several riders hitting the deck.
After repairs to the track the race resumed without three of the fallers.Oliver won the final sprint to collect ten points and finish with twenty-three points more than double the score of the silver medallist David South also from Australia. The bronze went to Henry Fort Pino of France with seven points.
Keith Harrison collected his fourth gold medal when winning the Points Race. The America gained points in all of the four sprints but had to win the final sprint to make sure of his victory with 17points.
Just five points in arrears was seventy-one year old Harry Shaw. This also gave the Australian his fourth title in the seventy plus age category. The bronze went to Britain's Laurence Rissbrook with nine points
The trio of Dave Le Grys (Great Britain), Geoff Stoker (Australia) and Stephen Alfred (Trinidad) representing Cool Runnings twice established an age category World best time on their way to gold. In the morning heats they recorded 47.975sec to shave 0.175secsec of the old mark.
Showing no mercy to their rivals in the final they lowered it by a further 0.268sec when crossing the line in 47.975sec. The silver medallist team of Graham Wilman, David Robson and Ian George all from Great Britain,competing under the banner of Yasumitsu-Schlapp-Dashe recorded 49.117sec.
In the ride off for the third place The Young Ones comprising of Marco Librizzi (Great Britain), Chris Henderson (USA) and Gary Hibbert (Great Britain) recorded 49.250sec to take the bronze medal. Their time placed them three quarters of a second ahead of the all American team of Stephen Prokopiw, William Nitzsche and Gary Hibbert racing as the ALL About Me team.
In a repeat of last year's final Greggs Specialized RT of Stanley Gregg, Ken Sinclair and Alphonso Whaley all from the USA, beat the all British trio of Ian Hallam, Geoffrey Vooke and Robert Jefferies . The American team recorded 49.611sec to finish half a second ahead of their rivals who this year were competing as The Gee Bees.
The Australian team of Ron Boyle, Danny Clark and Peter Barnard clinched the bronze medal ahead of the Zas-Vo-Rod comprising of Mark Rodamaker (USA), Richard Voss (USA) and Mark Zashcke (Gbr) with atime of 50.200sec.
Danny Clark used his wealth of experienced gained in the six days to win the Murratti 10 mile race to bring the 7th World Masters Cycling Track Championships which have been held in Manchester, to a fit close.
Clark the tough Aussie nicknamed "The King of the Sixes", together with Kenny Williams of America, and Britain's Simon Cope took off with twenty-seven of the six-four laps remaining, and lapped the field.
All other attempts to lap the field were nullified and so it was left to the trio to decide the major places. Victory went to Clarke with Williams and Cope taking second and third respectively.
The last time the gold Murratti Trophy was competed for was back in 1975. Clark will take home with him a replica of the trophy with the orginal staying in Manchester.
Wendy Everson used her sprinting ability to win the Points Race gold medal. The thirty-six year old from Bridgend who was surprisingly beaten in the Sprint title race earlier in the week, made sure of victory in the Points when winning the final sprint to collect ten points to finish with a total score of twenty-one.
The silver went to America's Annette Hanson from Kirkland WA with fifteen points. This was Hanson's eighth medal she has collected over the years.
The bronze went to Britain's Melanie Szubrycht with a score of fourteen points. The thirty-one year old from Dinnington made an impressive debut for this was her fourth medal the others all being gold.
Marion Bax added the Points gold medal to the gold and bronze won earlier in the week to complete a hat trick of medals. The forty-five year old from Bavel won three of the five sprint to collect twenty points to go one better than her silver of two twelve months ago. The Dutch rider ended the twelve and a half kilometre race for the forty plus age group, just points ahead of Vicki-Lynne Birks from Blackwood. Last year Birks made an impressive debut winning three gold medals but this year the Australian has to be content with three silver medals.
In third place was Britain's Karen Bryne with thirteen points. This completed a hat trick of medals for the forty-two year old from Stoke-on-Trent.
Men's Points Race
60 - 64 age group 1 Keith Oliver (Aus) 23 points 2 David South (Aus) 11 3 Henry Fort Pino (Fra) 7 4 Otto Altweck (Ger) 5 Earl Henry (Tri) 2 6 Clive Walmsley (GBr) 7 Roland Crayford (GBr) 1 8 Alan Whitworth (GBr) 0 9 Karl Waeldele (Ger) 10 Victor Possee (GBr) 11 Neil Orrell (GBr) 12 Peter Tranberg (Den) Dnf Brian Dacey (GBr) Dnf Peter Smith (GBr) Dnf Richard Keller (Ire) 65+ age group 1 Keith Harrison (USA) 17 points 2 Harry Shaw (Aus) 12 3 Laurence Rissbrook (GBr) 9 4 Delroy Walters (USA) 6 5 Gunter Badstubner (Ger) 5 6 Wallace Collins (GBr) 4 7 Raymond Groves (GBr) 2 8 Derek Waters (GBr) 0 9 Peter Sandy (GBr) 10 Rolph de Gannes (Can) 11 Ray Radley (GBr)
Women's Points Race
30 - 39 age group 1 Wendy Everson (GBr) 21 points 2 Annette Hanson (USA) 15 3 Melanie Szubrycht (GBr) 14 4 Carla Koehler (USA) 12 5 Sally Boyden (GBr) 9 6 Julie Gregg (USA) 3 7 Jackie White (GBr) 0 8 Suzie Tignor (USA) 2 9 Annemarie Wentzel (RSA) 1 Dnf Cheryl Owens (GBr) 40+ age group 1 Marion Bax (Ned) 20 points 2 Vicki-Lynne Birks (Aus) 16 3 Karen Byrne (GBr) 13 4 Glynis Francis (GBr) 5 5 Isabel Leon Moncada (Mex) 6 Auriel Forrester (GBr) 7 Petra Kluender (Ger) 2 8 Janine Brown (RSA) 0 9 Julie Hill (GBr) 10 Evelyn Kenyon (GBr) Dnf Josie Heffernan (GBr) Dnf Janet Moss (RSA) Dnf Julie Shuttleworth (GBr)
Psion/Rudy Project Awards
30-34 Kenny Williams (USA) 19pts 35-39 Mike Eddy (USA) 17pts 40-44 Larry Nolan (USA) 20pts 45-49 Dave Le Grys (Gbr) 20pts 50-54 Danny Clark (Aus) 34pts 55-59 Stan Gregg (USA) 22pts 60-64 Keith Oliver (Aus) 40pts 65 plus Keith Harrison (USA) 40pts
30-34 Melania Szubrycht (Gbr) 25pts 35-39 Annette Hanson (USA) 25pts 40-44 Vicki-Lynne Birks (Aus) 31pts 45-49 Marion Bax (Ned) 28pts 50 plus Janet Moss (RSA) 25pts Psion/Rudy Project Awards Overall Best Male Keith Harrison (USA) Overall Best Female Melanie Szubrycht (Gbr) Overall Best Rider Keith Harrison (USA)
Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 Great Britian 16 25 27 68 2 USA 19 15 13 47 3 Australia 10 11 9 30 4 South Africa 3 1 3 7 5 Trinidad 2 2 0 4 6 Denmark 2 1 1 4 7 Netherlands 2 0 1 3 8 Canada 1 0 0 1 9 Mexico 1 0 0 1 10 Germany 0 1 0 1 11 Columbia 0 0 1 1 12 France 0 0 1 1