The Recycling.co.uk team were in the thick of the action in Manchester last weekend, even if some of
PICTURE BY PETER COSSINS Much of the British success at last weekend’s World Cup meeting came via members of the Recycling.co.uk-MG-Litespeed team. The British outfit is home to no less than three of the four riders who recorded a stunningly decisive victory in the team pursuit, where they qualified fastest and then caught the rival Spanish quartet in the final. Recycling’s Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Paul Manning teamed up with Steve Cummings to take the gold medal as they set a mightily impressive time of 4-03.033. Manning commented: “That’s not bad at all really, we could have gone a bit quicker but we were passing the Spaniards so it slowed us down a bit – but overall I am happy with the time” Recycling team captain Russ Downing gave everything he had in the 20km points race heat on day two of the competition. He has still not fully recovered from the serious injuries he sustained racing in Australia. The injuries have turned out to be a lot worse than first suspected, but he raced his heat anyway and just failed to qualify. “I have never felt like that in a race since I was a schoolboy I just couldn’t recover properly, I felt like I had lead in my legs,” Russ said afterwards. New Recycling signing Hayles also rode well in the individual pursuit. He qualified second fastest behind world champion Sergio Escobar, and was then narrowly defeated by the Spaniard in the Gold medal ride. Recycling then managed what could well be a unique feat in fielding three riders in the Madison final. This one-off was achieved as Hayles rode for Great Britain alongside while Russ and Dean Downing appeared in Recycling colours. The Downing brothers had won their heat to qualify for the final. The Downings best moment in the final came when they attacked to win maximum points with 80 laps left, producing huge roars from the crowd as they did so. The pair eventually finished 11th. Hayles was less lucky when his front wheel was taken from under him by another rider. Hayles stayed on the floor for for five minutes while paramedics checked him over and removed a 5cm long splinter from his arm. This meant the end of the race for Hayles and his partner.