Cycling: Croall clinches gold and new world best

Bruce Croall posted a new age group world record on his 37th birthday
Bruce Croall posted a new age group world record on his 37th birthday
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Capital cyclist Bruce Croall powered his way to gold-medal glory at the UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Manchester, setting a new age group world best of 1 minute 3.959 seconds for the kilometre time trial in the process.

The City of Edinburgh man’s winning margin in the 35-39 years category was substantial, covering the four laps more than 1.5 seconds quicker than runner-up Henrik Scharling of Denmark. The time – which he posted on his 37th birthday – was outside Croall’s quickest-ever ride of 1:03.356 that earned him eighth spot at last year’s Commonwealth Games, but was a almost a second better than the existing official World Masters best of 1:04.927 held by the American Anton Quist.

Louise Haston, a double medallist in tandem paracycling events at Glasgow 2014, also secured a podium finish, taking silver in a Great Britain clean sweep in the women’s 35-39 2-kilometre individual pursuit.

The South Queensferry rider was beaten in the gold medal ride by the English rider Madeleine Moore, whose time of 2 minutes 30.852 seconds was almost three 
seconds quicker than Haston.