CYCLING: Colombian bronze for Katie

Katie Colclough rode to World Cup bronze. Photo: British Cycling/Larry Hickmott
Katie Colclough rode to World Cup bronze. Photo: British Cycling/Larry Hickmott
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INTERNATIONAL cycle racer Katie Colclough rode to a bronze medal with her Great Britain team-mates at the second round of the track World Cup at Cali velodrome on Friday.

Twenty-year-old former Grantham College student Katie, of Frieston, joined forces with Olympian Wendy Houvenaghel and Laura Trott to contest the 3,000m women’s team pursuit on the Colombian track.

Facing an uphill task against a tough, ever-improving New Zealand team and the American Ouch Pro Cycling team, Katie and the GB girls missed out on a place in the final, qualifying third in 3min 24.323.

They went on to win the ride-off for third place, recording 3:23.789 which was quicker than the time posted by Ouch in both qualifying and in the final against NZ.

After a day’s rest from competition, Katie rode an excellent points race and was unlucky to miss out on a second medal-winning opportunity..

A strong burst mid-race saw her pick up a first and second in successive sprints, and after four of eight sprints she was leading on eight points.

But in the latter stages, although keeping well placed towards the front of the field, Katie couldn’t add to her tally and she needed to take the final sprint to claim a medal. But it wasn’t to be and she finished fifth overall.