CYCLING: Silver and bronze medals for Spalding Cycling Club's Tilly Gurney in Nottingham University squad for BUCS Track Cycling Championships in Manchester
Spalding Cycling Club's Tilly Gurney earned high honours in claiming two medals at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Track Cycling Championships in Manchester.
Held at the world-famous National Cycling Centre, from whereJason and Laura Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Bradley Wiggins all went on to win Olympic gold medals, the event attracted nearly 200 cyclists from Britain's top universities
Tilly won individual silver in the points race and a bronze in the team pursuit, along with race partners Alice MacArthur, Laura Owler and Harriet Swindells.
All four were quick to pay tribute to team coach Bryan Steelwho Alice called the "world’s greatest coach".
Tilly, who claimed two medals in cycling at this year's Heckington Show, said: "After crashing out last year with a broken wrist, I had a lot to prove and went about proving it by setting a new personal best in the Individual Pursuit, eventually finishing sixth.
"Even better, our Team Pursuit squad managed to clinch the bronze medal.
"However, the race I will remember most is the Points race over 60 laps of the track, or 15kms, with a sprint for cumulative points every ten laps.
"After a tough season and some disappointing results at other events, I didn’t expect much but, thankfully, the competitive spirit I’ve developed over the years kicked in and I managed to produce what I consider to be my best race ever, taking the Silver medal behind Birmingham’s Molly Patch.
"It was a very successful weekend for the team as a whole, with our Men’s Team Pursuit squad taking gold."
In a message on social media, Alice said: "This is dedicated to the world’s greatest coach, Bryan Steel.
"You can’t comprehend how much hard work we can be as a team.
"From complaining that training is too hard, to 7am sessions, to tears on race day, yet he handles it all.
"I never thought I could come this far in cycling and it’s all down to him.
"We owe him our Team Pursuit bronze medal and, next year, we’re coming back for gold."
Event coordinator Alison Root said: "British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK, a membership organisation, and a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
"The BUCS Track Cycling Championships is an annual individual event held within the BUCS competition calendar."