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Golden boy Burke is on top of the world
COLNE’S Steven Burke has added another medal to his collection as Britain’s cyclists dominated the opening UCI Track World Cup event of the season.
Riding on his home track at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, Burke marked his only ride of the meeting with gold in the team pursuit.
Even without double Olympic champion, Bradley Wiggins, the British quartet proved too strong for their overseas opponents.
Indeed, in the final, Burke, Rob Hayles, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas caught and passed their Danish rivals before the end of the 4,000 metres race.
And that was the only blot for the 20-year-old Colne flyer.
“At one stage, it looked as though we were on for the track record,” he explained.
“So, the fact we weren’t able to get a time was disappointing.
“However, we came to win and I’m sure there will be many other occasions when we have a chance to break the record,” says the Olympic Individual Pursuit bronze medallist.
“At least in qualifying we went under four minutes.
“That’s the first time for me so that’s another of the boxes ticked.”
Burke has ridden at the European Championships in Poland and National Championships in Manchester since returning from Beijing back in August.
“I’ve also had a little break. But, to be honest, I was getting bored and wanted to get back on my bike. Which is a good sign.”
And there's plenty of competitions ahead to ensure he doesn’t reach his boredom threshhold.
There’s the second of five World Cup rounds in Melbourne later this month with an opportunity to ride round three in Colombia before Christmas.
Next year starts with round four in Beijing followed by Denmark in February before the World Championships in Poland next March.
“There’s plenty to look forward to with the aim of peaking for the World Championships,” adds Burke.
“It was always my intention to concentrate on just one race in Manchester.
“That was successful, so I’ve no complaints.”