Louis Rolfe wins maiden title at HSBC UK British National Track Championships
Cambridge cyclist savours golden glory
Louis Rolfe earned his first national title at the HSBC UK British National Track Championships in Manchester.
The 20-year-old Cambridge-based cyclist was competing in the Mixed Para C1-5 events, and scooped his first gold medal at the event.
Rolfe, who won gold at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 as part of the team sprint, raced in the 1,000m time trial and the individual pursuit.
In the time trial, he finished narrowly out of the medals in fourth place, as Jon-Allan Butterworth was first, Blaine Hunt second and Katie Toft third.
But Rolfe bounced back and on to the top step of the podium in the pursuit.
The MC2 category cyclist clocked 3min 53.945sec, giving him a factored time of 4.39.355.
And it was just ahead of MC5 cyclist Jon Gildea, whose factored time was 4.39.665.
“It’s great that I’ve finally made the step up but I have to be honest; with the ride that I did, I know I can go a couple of seconds quicker so there is still work to be done,” Rolfe told British Cycling.
And on his narrow margin from Gildea, he added: “We’ve been having an ongoing joke all week about this so I find that quite amusing.”