Lauren Booth, Double National Track Champion

3 BCDS riders competed at the recent HSBC UK National Track Championships in Manchester at the Weekend, Leading the charge was the inform Lewis Oliva who was looking to not only hold onto his National Sprint title but also add to the collection in the other sprint events.

Joining Lewis were our Para Cyclists Krispin Gardiner and Lauren Booth who would go head to head against a quality field including current Paralympic and World Champion Jody Cundy in the timed events. Kicking off things on day one of the Championships was Lewis who steadily worked his way through the Keirin heats dispatching the competition with half a lap to go in the rounds to qualify for semi and finals at the later evening session.

Next up was Lauren and Krispin, Lauren went off in the 500m TT at a blistering pace smashing the national record along the way, Krispin went off in a later heat and too recorded a very respectable time although his gearing was a little under it shows he is in some great form as he moves into the junior category for this year. The complexity of the many different Para cycling category’s meant all results would be calculated to factor in the differing disabilities and once Jody Cundy had powered around the track in what was a blistering time that would put many riders in the sprint squad under threat it still wasn’t enough to deny Lauren who with the factored time had taken the win and the scalp of Jody Cundy to boot. Krispin was a little further back having to contest the further 1km distance he completed to finish just off the podium in 5th place.

Lewis was next up in the evening sessions, doing just enough to ensure he would go into the ride off for the title in the Keirin. At the time of the final Lewis was looking very confident and it showed as he timed his effort to perfection coming to take the lead with a lap to go and holding off the challenges to take the win to round of an amazing day for the club, 2 national titles in 1 day.


Onto Day 2 and all three would be in action again with Lewis keen to defend the sprint title he won 12 months ago and Lauren and Krispin doing battle for the 200m TT title. Lewis worked his way through the heats up to the semi-final when he came up against the impressive Joe Truman, both riders gave it everything taking it to a deciding 3rd sprint with joe won by a tyres width from Lewis who would ride off and secure the Bronze in 2 straight wins.

Onto the 200m Paracycling TT and Laruen would go off in the final heat, Krispin was one of the early runners and set a great time of 13.8, Last off Lauren had the target time in her sights and gave it everything she had, again the factoring would play a part but the news was good for Lauren as it was enough to take her second National title and National Record to go with it. Krispin ended the event in 6th place.


Next up was the Paracycling Pursuit, Again Lauren and Krisin wold go head to head in perhaps the pairs toughest event against a host of Paralympians the task would be hard and no doubt with 2 days of heavy cycling already in the legs the riders were unable to get onto the podium but still finished in a respectable 8th for Lauren and 11th for Krispin.

Final day of competition would see Lewis link up in a composite North West region team for the Team sprint Lewis’s team would face stiff competition from a number of teams who train and race together so the task would be hard, however Lewis pulled the team through to a medal ride off and took the Bronze after narrowly defeating Black Line racing.


So to sum up what has been an amazing championship for the club:

3 Riders, our biggest entry yet.
2 National Records
3 National Titles won by BCDS riders
2 Bronze Medals also taken.

Well done to Lauren, Lewis and Krispin, were all incredibly proud of you.

Read the full report from Each Day here