Videos and links from the first two days of the 2014 Track World Championships

It’s been a a great couple of days from the Track World Champs in Cali, with all kinds of action – and it’s been strangely affected by the weather.  Track riders are usually in these very tightly controlled environments, with perfect heat and humidity, but the Cali velodrome has a roof, but no walls, so there have been issues with wind that riders will never usually have to deal with.

I’ve got a collection of videos and links from the women’s scratch race, team sprint, team pursuit and 500m – and remember, if you want to watch the next three days live, here’s my guide.

I’m starting with my favourite race so far, and the first medal race of Worlds, the women’s scratch:

That final attack was incredible, and while I’m gutted for Caroline Ryan that it didn’t work out for her, I’m SO happy for Kelly Druyts, winning her first ever Track World Champs title!  I especially loved how she she looked so unbelieving at the end – and this is a lovely photo of the moment.

The full results are on Tissot.


Team Sprint

The ride for bronze, between Great Britain (Becky James & Jess Varnish) and Russia (Elena Brezhniva & Anastasiia Voinova)

and the race for gold – Germany (Miriam Welte & Kristina Vogel) v China (Lin Junhong & Zhong Tianshi)

and here’s an interview with Welte and Vogel after winning the gold

Full results on Tissot


There are some lovely photos coming out of the event.  I always really like British Cycling’s photos, and their Day 1 gallery is under their race report.  More Day 1 photos on the competition facebook, and on their website.

The full Day 1 coverage is archived on the UCI’s youtube.  It’s geo-restricted if there’s any kind of coverage in your area, but if you add Hola or Tunnelbear to your computer, and set yourself to somewhere like Spain or Sweden, you should be able to watch it.



Full results on Tissot, and photos on the competition facebook.




Post-race interviews, with Anna Meares, whose silver was her 21st medal at Worlds

and with gold medallist Miriam Welte, THE rider of the first two days!


Team Pursuit

This was really affected by the wind.  There are photos of the qualification round in the competition facebook album, and the full results are on Tissot.

Race for bronze between Poland (Katarzyna Pawlowska, Malgorzata Wojtyra, Eugenia Bujak and Natalia Rutkowska) and Australia (Amy Cure, Nettie Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins & Bella King)

And the gold final between Canada (Allison Beveridge, Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser & Stephanie Roorda) and Great Britain (Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Jo Rowsell & Laura Trott) – one of the most exciting TP finals I’ve ever seen.  I especially liked Ant McCrossan explaining the impact of the wind….

BBC clip of the race, with interviews with the British squad (very happy Archibald!)


More fantastic Day 2 photos on the British Cycling race report, and photos on Cycling Australia’s facebook. And here’s the full video from Day 2 (unlock with Hola or Tunnelbear)


There are lots of photos and updates and RTs on the competition twitter, and videos of all the men’s races too on the UCI youtube.  I’m also collecting all the women’s videos on my Youtube playlist of 2014 World Championships – and come back after the weekend for videos and links from the next few days.


5 thoughts on “Videos and links from the first two days of the 2014 Track World Championships

  1. The scratch race was exciting, and a brilliant example of one of the most important rules in bike racing: it isn’t the first attack that wins, or the strongest attack. It’s the one that gets away because everyone else thinks it isn’t worth chasing.

    • And that “death or glory” makes a fantastic race to watch! I’ll remember Caroline Ryan in this race when I think about this race, while I’ve already forgotten who came third 🙂

  2. Wow! If only there were VDS points for Track Worlds… Amy Cure was rockin’ there! Jo Rowsell as well. Should bode well for the upcoming road season for them…

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