Dacey grits his teeth 24-09-04
It's the old one-two as Brian Dacey beats
Roland Crayford (right) to top spot in the World Masters' Pursuit
final at Manchester's Velodrome for the second year running
TWO weeks ago we reported on 66-year old racing cyclist
Brian Dacey's campaign to defend his World Masters Championship titles.
The moment of truth for the Herne Hill-based De Laune
Cycling Club and Evans Cycles-specialised rider came at the Manchester Velodrome,
home of Britain's successful Olympic cycling team.
"It didn't start well," Dacey explained, who has spent
most of his life living in south-east London. "The week before the World
Championships I found I had an abcess under a tooth. I didn't want to risk my
performance being affected by taking antibiotics, so I had to put up with it."
On the first day of competition, Dacey was not feeling 100
per cent and was only sixth in the 500-metre time trial and fifth in the sprint.
Dacey's first world title defence was threee days later,
in the 65-69 age group points race.
In this 10km race, points were awarded to the first three
riders across the line on the 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th (final) laps.
Riders start in a pack and race inches away from each
other on lightweight track bikes with a single gear and no brakes it's not for
Although he still wasn't feeling good, Dacey's morale was
boosted by club-mate Peter Jenn's bronze medal in the 60-64 age group pursuit
race, the previous day, and he dominated the race.
He won the first three sprints and, having already secured
victory, took second place in the sprint on the final lap to beat Uruguayan
Luigi Fabbri comprehensively, 18 points to 12.
Dacey covered the 10km in 14 minutes 24.635 seconds an
average speed of more than 41 kph, almost 26 mph.
"I was pleased, and a bit surprised by how well I went,
especially after my lack of form in the earlier races," said Dacey.
On the sixth and final day, having recovered from his
efforts two days earlier, Dacey lined up for the 65-69 age group pursuit race.
The pursuit is an all-out effort where you can't use
tactics to compensate for a lack of speed or power the two riders start on
opposite sides of the track and attempt to catch each other or complete the race
in the shortest time.
Dacey qualified fastest, covering the 2,000m in 2 minutes
37.919 seconds, then took his place for the final against the second fastest
rider, British friend and rival Roland Crayford.
Once again, Dacey put in a convincing performance,
covering the 2km in 2mins 38.999 seconds (45kph or more than 28mph) and winning
by 4.242 seconds.
As well as the pleasure of earning their individual
medals, Dacey and club-mate Peter Jenn had the satisfaction of contributing to
Great Britain's second place in the final medals table with 18 golds, 14 silvers
and 23 bronzes against 18, 18 and 11 respectively for the United States.
So what's next for the double World champion?
The UK track and road-racing season is drawing to a close
and Dacey has no plans to enter any cyclo-cross or mountain bike races.
He prefers his racing to be on solid surfaces rather than
mud and grass instead he plans to prove his all-round ability by moving from
Manchester Velodrome's indoor track to a week of road racing in Majorca.
The European Masters Criterium Championship takes place
there in October, on a circuit through a town near Palma and along its
Dacey said: "I'd like to go one better than my second
place last year.
"It will be quite a hard race as it is open to riders in
the 60-70 age group, so I'll be racing with equally fit riders who are five
years younger, although a separate championship is awarded for the 65-70 age
"After the Criterium Championship, there's a road race in
the mountains a big difference from the track racing I've been concentrating on
"Finally, there's a three-day stage race, open to riders
from 50-70 years old, so that's going to be tough 15 years age difference is a
lot to have to bridge. Last year, I was one of only two riders over 65 who
finished the whole race."
And after the Majorca week? "I think I'll relax a bit
before Christmas and start training again in the New Year," said Dacey.
"The World Masters Games, held every four years, take
place in Edmonton, Canada, next July, and I plan to compete in both road and
track events and if you want to be successful you can't take it too easy."
Anyone interested in taking up cycle racing can get more
information from the De Laune CC website: www.delaunecc.org
De Laune CC members range from schoolboys to senior
citizens and are active in triathlons as well as road, track, time-trial,
hill-climb, mountain bike and cyclo-cross racing.
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