Welsh cyclists compete in World Track Championships

The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships start in Cali, Colombia today.

Welsh riders Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are all taking part in the competition, which runs until Sunday.

Welsh cyclists back in action for World Championships

The competition will run until Sunday. Credit: ITV News

Welsh cyclists Becky James, Owain Doull and Elinor Barker are back in action today as they compete in the 2014 UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Cali, Columbia.

Becky James won Great Britain's first medal of the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships alongside Jess Varnish.

Meanwhile, Elinor Barker helped secure gold in the team pursuit on day two of the competition.

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Gold medal for Elinor Barker despite lap drama

The women's team pursuit also won gold in 2013 Credit: PA

Cyclist Elinor Barker helped secure gold in the team pursuit on day two of the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia.

She raced alongside Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Katie Archibald to claim Britain's sixth women's team pursuit world title out of seven, and the first gold of this year's Championship.

The victory almost didn't happen though, as Barker's legs gave up on the final lap.

She said, 'I just could not hold those wheels. I completely parked it up.

It was a split-second decision. I just had to get out of the way and let the girls carry on with it. It was that close we just would've lost if I'd stayed on the front.'

Meanwhile Becky James' run of Track Cycling World Championships medals came to an end as she finished seventh in the women's 500 metres time-trial.

The 22 year-old from Abergavenny had won medals in five successive events - four in 2013 in Minsk, and team sprint bronze earlier this week.

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Becky James wins bronze in women's sprint

Becky James (right) and Jess Varnish celebrating their bronze medal Credit: PA

Welsh cyclist Becky James has won Great Britain's first medal of the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships alongside Jess Varnish.

The pair claimed third in the women's team sprint to rescue a poor day for Britain, after the men's team pursuit and team sprint squads failed to advance to their respective medal ride-offs.

James won medals in all four of her events in Minsk in 2013, including two golds and bronze in the team sprint, and has started off in the same vein 12 months on.

Sam Harrison and Owain Doull finished a lowly eighth - Britain's worst result in at least 15 years - in the four-man, four-kilometre event.

They raced alongside Ed Clancy and Jon Dibben.

Becky James' track World Championship hopes

This year's UCI Cycling World Championships get underway today in Colombia.

Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are the Welsh riders taking part in the competition which runs until Sunday.

World Champion Becky James is hoping for a repeat of her performance last year.

"I'd like to go in with the sort of same mindset as I had last year" she says.

"I was so relaxed and I really enjoyed myself so if I can go in with that same mindset and not any expectations I think that's when I'll get the best out of my performance."

Welsh cyclists compete in World Track Championships

The Championships get underway today Credit: ITV News

The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships start in Cali, Colombia today.

Welsh riders Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are all taking part in the competition, which runs until Sunday.

Unlike the Olympic Games the World Championships features a full programme of events including:

•Sprint

•Team sprint

•Individual pursuit

•Team pursuit

•Madison (men only)

•Scratch race

•Points race

•Omnium

•Keirin

•Time trial