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Hat-trick of European golds for Le Grys
9:43am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
DAVID Le Grys admitted he was pleasantly surprised after claiming a hat-trick of golds at the European Masters Track Championships in Wales.
The Little Horkesley racer was in fine form at the event in Newport, despite his preparations being disrupted by injuries – and his own wedding.
Competing in the 55-59 age group, he won the 500 metres time trial in 34.777 seconds, breaking the world record previously held by Australian Dave Wilmott by nearly half a second.
Le Grys followed up that success by winning the male sprint, after coming up against world champion Steve Cronshaw in the final.
The 58-year-old then captured his third gold of the championships, after teaming up with Neil Potter and Neil Campbell to win the team sprint.
It sets Le Grys up nicely for the World Masters Track Championships, which take place in Manchester next month.
Le Grys, pictured inset, said: “I was pleasantly surprised. I went to Wales with mixed feelings, as I saw the Europeans as preparations for the World Masters.
“It was all a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, because of the injuries I’d had and getting married to Tracy.
“The week before the Euros, I’d driven to Scotland for the wedding and then back to Colchester for the reception at the Red Lion.
“I then drove to Wales, had a day to recover and then raced.
“It’s nice to be in the zone and it was very encouraging but on reflection, I’m starting to think I’ve perhaps shown my cards too early.
“But at least I’ve fired some warning signs before the World Masters Track Championships,” Le Grys has battled back from a neck injury, after crashing out of last year’s UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships individual sprint event.
He has had cortisone injections to the spine to help the pain and inflammation.
And although the injections did not work, Le Grys still battled against the odds to excel in Wales.
“I’m not one of those competitors who can rock up and feel good,” added Le Grys.
“For me, a symptom of doing well is if you feel rubbish and it’s not a nice place to be in when you’re warming up.
“But I’ve learnt how to deal with it and it’s an adrenalin thing.
“It’s the way the body prepares itself when it’s under pressure.
“In an ideal world, I’d like to be feeling good but sometimes that’s not possible.”
Le Grys is now preparing for the World Masters Track Championships, where he will compete in the 50-59 age group. The event begins in Manchester on October 6.
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