By the time Finn Crockett, a Commonwealth Games debutant, sprinted to gold on a boiling hot day in Warwickshire, the team had already equalled the 10 medals they won in Gold Coast, Crockett’s screams of delight on finding out he’d snatched bronze in a photo-finish, captured the team’s mood perfectly.
It all started with the women’s race though, where Neah Evans became the most decorated Scottish female cyclist at a single Games with three medals, silver in the road race adding to the silver and bronze medals she won in the Points Race and Individual Pursuit respectively.
It was a fresh start, with the women rolling out at 8am, the sun eventually making it to it’s high point in the sky; a metaphor perhaps for the fact that the race took a long time to hot up. Despite a largely flat 16km circuit, which would be raced seven times, it took until the final hour of racing for any meaningful attacks. Anna Shackley was in the only move that looked like it might prevent the race coming down to a bunch sprint, but alas, the quintet were brought back by the peloton, and with a lap to go it was looking more and more like it would be a sprint.
With 7km to go Shackley would try again, this time going solo, but she wasn’t allowed any wiggle room, with an incredibly strong Australian team controlling proceedings at the front. From that point onwards Shackley switched to teammate duties, as she tried […]