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James proves class act with second national title/Birkmyre wins Scratch
The women's scratch race took a surprise twist when veteran rider Janet Birkmyre of Torq Performance produced a stunning sprint to take gold in a field where most of the favourites were over 25 years her junior. Birkmyre's dash for the line left the likes of double Junior Road Race World Champion Lucy Garner, former National Circuit Race Champion Hannah Barnes and newly crowned National Points Champion Corrine Hall as distant figures in the bunch. Lisa Daly (Sport City Velo) and Kayleigh Brogan (Team Ibis Cycles) took silver and bronze respectively.
A round up of the headlines from day three of the British Cycling National Track Championships at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester
Great Britain cyclist Becky James successfully retained her national Sprint title at the British National Track Championships in Manchester tonight with a convincing win in the final. The 20 year old from Abergavenny, a member of the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme, defeated rival Victoria Williamson 2-0 in the final.
Upcoming talent 17 year old Danielle Khan added a senior bronze medal to the junior national title she won on the same track in August.
James will look to make it a hat-trick of titles when she defends the Keirin title she won in emphatic style in 2011 on Sunday, the final day of competition. The titles top off a great week for James, who on Wednesday was selected to represent Great Britain at October’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup round in Cali, Columbia.
An emotional James spoke after the race:
“I’ve never had this many people from my family come to watch. I’m so happy to have everyone here. They all sat in the front row and cried. It means a lot to me.”
“It’s been a brilliant two events. I hit the targets I wanted to hit. I’m still in a big training phase. I’m looking ahead to Sunday now.”