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March 28/07 5:17 am - Track World Championships

Posted by Editoress on 03/28/07

Pre-Worlds Track Report

Photos by Andrea Brewer

The Track World Championships get underway tomorrow morning in Palma on the island of Mallorca. Zach Bell takes part in the first event of the Championships (note: other than the special pre-Worlds Omnium event) - the Men's Individual Pursuit. Bell was originally scheduled to race only in the Points Race, but added the Pursuit after the event schedule showed that it would be a good warm up for the Points Race on Saturday.

"There is no pressure on Zach" explained Team Manager Kris Westwood, "We expect that he will do a good time, but realistically his chances of qualifying for the Olympics in the Pursuit are slim, while he has a good chance in the Points Race."

Westwood said that the riders like the track, but that it is still "A work in progress. The track is quick, and it is a beautiful facility, but it is a little bit rough. The building is brand new, and there is dust everywhere - the track seems like it could do with another sanding and to be ridden in a bit more. Yesterday it rained, and they discovered that there are lots of leaks - there were buckets everywhere to catch the drips!"


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