Cambridge riders Ellesse Andrews and Rushlee Buchanan claimed bronze in a tight battle against Germany in the women’s team pursuit final at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup held October 26 – 28 – the crew’s second medal in as many weeks to highlight day two of the competition in Milton, Canada.
The Kiwi quartet of Ellesse, Rushlee, Kirstie James and Bryony Botha (with Holly Edmondston coming into the line-up for the final after being ill that week) got ahead by 0.1s at the halfway point with nothing separating the two teams at the 3000m mark. However, the New Zealanders dug deep with a closing 1:03.309 effort to grab third in 4:19.247 with Germany half a second behind. Great Britain grabbed the gold medal in 4:18.138 from Italy in second.
“Overall we are happy,” said Kirstie James. “We tried some new things here, bringing in a new rider in Ellesse Andrews who did well. In the final we went out to execute the first 2kms on a schedule and race the last 2k.
“One of our riders (Holly Edmondston) had some flu on the flight over and recovered enough to ride the final. We brought in Ellesse and threw her in the deep end, riding at a pace she had not been before but she handled it pretty well.”
On the final day of the competition Rushlee Buchanan also finished ninth in her first omnium, placing 20th in the scratch race, fifth in the tempo, sixth in elimination and ninth in points.