Glenrothes cyclist shows true pedal power

The podium from the points race at the British Masters National Track Championships, from left, Appeley, Barclay and Reid.
The podium from the points race at the British Masters National Track Championships, from left, Appeley, Barclay and Reid.
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Glenrothes cyclist Graham Barclay had a successful weekend at the British Masters National Track Championships at Newport, South Wales, clinching two titles and taking a silver medal in a third.

Barclay, a member of the British Masters World Championship Winning Team Pursuit team from 2014, started the championships with a 500 metre time trial taking 11th place in an event more suited to sprinters.

The next race was the 10 kilometre Scratch Race and this was going to be a battle between the sprinters and the endurance riders like Barclay.

Not wanting a sprint, Barclay was part of a two rider break which was established at half distance and went on to lap the field with three laps remaining with Barclay first to cross the line.

The third event was the 2000 metre Pursuit, an event at which Barclay is a former world champion and current British Champion.

Barclay suffered a rare defeat in the Individual Pursuit when Chris Vasey recorded 2 minutes 27.3 seconds to Barclay’s 2:27.9.

The Points race’s were the final races of the Championships, and Barclay started his race well, winning the first two sprints.

With only four sprints in his race, tactics came into play and Barclay held onto the top spot at the finish, winning from Keir Apperley with fellow Scot, Ivor Reid, taking the bronze medal.