Team GB’s London 2012 preparations continue next week with the Track World Championships in Melbourne, with the squad looking to fine-tune race form before the Games.
The worlds will also give Great Britain’s track stars the opportunity to land a physiological blow on their rivals before the Games in July. The women’s team pursuit head Down Under as favourites, and the men’s quartet fired a warning in practice at the Darebin International Sports Centre yesterday (March 28) by setting a time of 2 minutes, 42.1 seconds over 2,750 metres – a time close to world record pace for the 4km event.
In this video Joanna Rowsell and Ben Swift discuss their World Championship preparations. Rowsell was part of the women’s team pursuit squad who won gold in a new world record at the London World Cup in February, before going on to triumph in the individual pursuit.
Swift, who rides on the road for Team Sky, missed out on a spot in the men’s line-up in London last month, when Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Pete Kennaugh lost out to Australia, but is targetting a place in the line-up in Melbourne, with the 24-year-old also set to contest the madison, points and scratch races.
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