In the women’s individual pursuit Frankie Hall powered across the line in third position to bag bronze, the first of five medals that Loughborough would win across the championships. Back in action the next day Frankie went on to contribute to the women’s team pursuit squad who broke the BUCS record to take gold. Alongside Rosie Walsh and cycling novices Alex and Bobby Clay, the team crossed the line in 4.54.491, an emphatic performance.
The men’s team sprint replicated this feat however, Cam Miles, Tom Marsh, and Rory Oliver also breaking a BUCS record as they crossed the line in a rapid 47.545 seconds, again good for gold. Rory added both silver and bronze to his collection in the Men’s Kilo and Men’s sprint respectively to make it a hat trick of medals, a sensational individual performance.
For the first time in BUCS history para-cyclists had the opportunity to race. with Mille Cass and George Peasgood both in action. George, classified as a C4 cyclist, is predominantly a triathlete but has represented Great Britain in both cycling and triathlon. Millie was in action in the C3 event, a great warm up for the next round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London in two weeks’ time. Both have made BUCS history this weekend and will strive and inspire other para cyclists to enter future events.
Of the team’s performance, Club Chair Peter Hitt commented:
"I'm incredibly proud of how the team performed this weekend - things didn't always go our way, but to come away from the event with two new BUCS records amidst a host of other great results is a phenomenal achievement. On top of that, having Loughborough alumni travel to Manchester to help the riders out just shows what a fantastic team environment we've built at LSCC, and Loughborough University as a whole - it wouldn't be possible without them."
These fantastic results come in the wake of the news Dave Nicholls will join the University as Cycling Performance Manager, a new role created to create a world class cycling hub on campus.
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