Dan Whelan and his team mate Matt Rotherham competed in the Under-16 madison race at Manchester Velodrome last saturday.
As the press reports say, what made their medal even more impressive was the fact that they both fell during the final few laps!
In his own words:
"Me and Matt were doing so well and were well up on points going for gold, until someone came down on me, I came off and, unfortunately, crashed into Matt who had just swung me in. I managed to get back on and finish the race and we were equal on points for second but had to take bronze as the other team beat us in the final sprint. Gutted or what, we could have had the gold and jersey, but still that’s cycling isn’t it!!"
This lost them the sprint points and any chance of a gold (which they were well in position for) but they fought back to gain bronze. At just under 30mph the pace was fast.
The BC Race report:
UNDER 16 MALE MADISON
"Jonathan Dibben and Jim Lewis had a well earned victory in the 80 lap Under 16 Madison, winning the event with a late charge on the final sprint. The pairing was combative from the start, being the first team to attempt a break, and attempting to gain a lap later in the race. An honourable mention for Bronze Medallists Rotherham and Whelan whose performance was made all the more credible after Whelan was involved in the race's only crash. The race was run at an almost 30mph and the standard of racing was superb, these young guns have speed and savvy to spare."
Well done boys!!!!