BLS athletes had another successful European track cycling champs at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland this past week. The venue of the 2014 Commonwealth games, and named after the British legend, it was a fitting venue.
They won a total of 13 medals, with 4 of them being gold!!
The woman dominated the competition, with Daria Schmeleva from Russia winning 3 gold medals in the sprint, 500m TT and team sprint. She is showing her class and someone to be feared leading up to Tokyo 2020. Her team mate Anastasia Voinova won the team sprint gold, and silver in the sprint.
Young French star Mathilde Gross won the keirin and a bronze in the sprint. At only 18, she’s showing that she could be the future of woman sprinting, and forming part of a new crop of French talent building up to Paris 2024.
Miriam Welte won a bronze in the team sprint with her team mate Emma Hinzee, and also a bronze in the 500m TT, wearing her rainbow stripes. She’s a legend and showing she’s still at the forefront of woman’s track sprinting.
World champion in the keirin, Nicky Degrendele, came close to win a silver in that event and doing the rainbow stripes justice.
In the men’s category, some of the big BLS names were missing like Max Levy, but we were well represented by the likes of Denis Dmitriv, Tomas Babek and Max Dornbach. Young French rider, and new to join BLS, Sebastien Vignier won a silver in the keirin, and teamed up with Quentin Lafargue to win silver in the team sprint. Young Timo Bichler won a bronze with his German team in the same event.
We also had many young riders competing, and to look out for in the future like Robyn Stewart and Migle Marozaite.
Most notably was not having Olympic champion Kristina Vogel competing. She was in the hearts of the riders, with her team mates wearing custom BLS straps in her honour as she fights her way back.
The riders are looking in great shape for the upcoming season, and we’ll be keeping an eye on their results leading up to world championships next year!
If you’d like to use what champions use, check out the products they were using during the event: