Two riders are emerging from these track worlds as the star performers.
Both Lizzie Armitstead and Taylor Phinney have won a gold and a silver medal, and both have done it the hard way.
American Phinney did it by swapping from endurance to sprint and taking silver in the kilometre, while Armitstead took her silver after sliding down the track on her backside.
But the 20-year old?s determination is such that even while she was sliding down the track you could see her looking for her bike. It was held up for her coach Simon Cope, who had rushed round the track to help, and as soon as she could put her feet on the track apron, she stood up, grabbed her bike, and jumped back on it.
She got going and jumped straight back in to the bunch as it came round the track. She was back in the race within 30 seconds of the time she?d hit the boards.
With a gold medal from the team pursuit already round her neck, Armitstead could have decided to leave it there, stay out of trouble, and concentrate on Sunday?s points race. But instead she got herself to the front of the bunch and sprinted to silver, and in doing so demonstrated an impressive level of determination.
Pursuit medal run brought to an end
Unfortunately there was to be no medal in the men?s team pursuit for Great Britain, the first time since 1999. The young team were pushed out of the bronze medal position by New Zealand, but had they nailed their first ride they could have been going for gold.
In the morning?s qualifying ride the British quartet went out too fast for the first six laps and paid for it later in the event. They eventually missed out on the gold ride by just a quarter of a second.
It was no great surprise that a young team had gotten a little over excited by the occasion, but it was a surprise that they didn?t go faster in the second ride.
Although it?s disappointing that there was no medal in the event the British have dominated in the last two years, there?s more encouragement if you scratch below the surface.
The average age of the British team was 21, Ed Clancy broke a bone in his foot three weeks ago and the other three had suffered a bout of food poisoning just last week.
They had also had all the Olympic equipment taken away for them for these champs. Riding a 4-00, then a 4-01 under these conditions was therefore no mean feat.
2009 UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The CW Hub: Track World Championships index
Women's team pursuit: Britain clinch gold
women's team sprint: Reade and Pendleton score silver
Men's scratch race: Cavendish marked out of contention
Men's individual pursuit: Phinney wins gold
Men's team sprint: France beat Britain
Men's Points Race: Newton gets bronze
Women's individual pursuit: Houvenaghel beaten to silver
500m TT: World record for Krupeckaite, bronze for Pendleton
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Track World Championships: British medal winners
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GB RIDER PROFILES
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International track results this season: 2008-2009
2008 TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers.
Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!
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