INVICTUS GAMES CYCLING GETS ROLLING AT LEE VALLEY VELOPARK

13th September 2014

ALL THE ACTION IN THE ROAD CYCLING LIVE FROM THE LEE VALLEY VELOPARK AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK

13 September 2014

17:35 - The final race of the day comes to an end with the USA's Erin Stewart taking the gold medal ahead of the British pair of Kelly Robinson and Claire Edwards.

It has been another fantastic day of sport at the Invictus Games with all the cyclists proving they will not be overcome by their injuries.

They are mothers, fathers, husbands and wives who put their lives on the line, suffered life-changing injuries but refused to be beaten.

17:12 - Australia's Sarah Archibald produces a stunning final lap to streak clear of the field and claim gold in the Women's IRB3 Road Bike Circuit Race ahead of Marianne Reilly of the USA.

And in the Women's IRB2/1 Road Bike Circuit Race USA's Patricia Collins took gold ahead of team-mate Kelly Elminger.

The medal ceremony for the Men's IRB1 Road Bike Circuit Race has taken place and there are lovely scenes as Craig Preece, Andy Kelsey and the USA's William Reynolds receive their medals with their children joining them on the podium.

16:33 - Another great race in the Men's IRB1 Road Bike Circuit Race as Craig Preece takes gold for Great Britain ahead of his team-mate Andy Kelsey.

But once again the fighting spirit of these athletes is visible as USA's Christopher Livesay receives tremendous applause as he crosses the line last.

15:45 - An unbelievably tight finish in the Men's IHB1 Hand Bike Circuit Race.

France's Franck Robin and the USA pair of Anthony Radetic and Geoff Hopkins are neck-and-neck for the closing laps.

But Robin ignites the burning with just metres remaining to take gold by four tenths of a second from Radetic.

15:00 - Andrew Perrin secures Great Britain another gold medal in the IRB3 Road Bike Circuit Race ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hjorth Andersen.

And Adam Clarke showcases the fighting spirit of the Games to overcome the onset of cramp to take the bronze medal.

14:40 - Canada's Stephan Moreau suffers a heavy fall during the IRB3 Road Bike Circuit Race but he shows Invictus Spirit to get straight back up and carry on racing, drawing a great cheer from the spectators amassed on the VeloPark's viewing gallery.

14:15 - A huge noise erupts around the VeloPark as Great Britain's Joseph Townsend looks to chase down USA's Alfredo De Los Santos on the final lap of the Men's IHB2 Hand Bike Circuit Race.

But De Los Santos is able to withstand the charge to claim his second gold of the day in a time of 41:52.845.

14:00 - Some inspiring words from JJ Chalmers as he reflects on the Men's IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race: "That wasn't a stunt - it was the true spirit of these Games. We had all worked just as hard to be here."

13:35 - Prince Harry is in attendance as JJ Chalmers, Paul Vice and Robert Cromley-Hawke each receive a gold medal for the Men's IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race.

13:25 - Great Britain's Jaco Van Gass claims his second gold medal of the day with victory in the Men's IRB2 Road Bike Circuit Race.

But there is an unbelievable sprint for the line for the medals behind Van Gass, with GB's Terry Byrne claiming silver and France's Henri Rebujent taking bronze

12:50 - A touching moment as JJ Chalmers, Paul Vice and Robert Cromley-Hawke cross the line hand-in-hand at the end of the Men's IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race.

They showed their appreciation for the support on the final lap, waving to the crowd amassed around the route.

But once again the spirit of the Games was on show as Australia's Gary Robinson continued to give his all despite being four laps down and received a cheer as loud as that received by the British trio as he crossed the line last.

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12:30 – There are four laps remaining in the first race of the afternoon session, with Great Britain’s three competitors Paul Vice, JJ Chalmers and Robert Cromley-Hawke currently clear of the chasing pack.

Earlier, Alfredo De Los Santos claimed gold in the IHB2 Hand Bike Time Trial and after the race we caught up with him to get some reaction.

“I feel great, for me this was an opportunity to see how far I could take my recovery,” he said. “It's events like this that let you incorporate yourself back into society physically, socially and mentally. Whether you win or lose, it's all about just doing it.

“It's funny edging out the Brits as I raced across America with them two years ago. Now to be racing them round here is like a family reunion.

“It's going to be interesting the race this afternoon as some people are good on the TT, while others are better with the longer distance. I have four Brits competing against me, so hopefully I can stick with them until the end.”

11:15 - The medal ceremonies wrap up the morning session with the afternoon action getting underway at midday with the Men's IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race.

There has been some fantastic and inspiring racing so far at the Lee Valley VeloPark with Great Britain leading the medal count with four golds, four silvers and six bronze medals.

But the Invictus Games are about more than medals and that was clearly evident with every athlete being cheered on by spectators and teammates.

11:00 – Joanne Morris claimed bronze for Great Britain in the Women’s IRB3 Road Bike Time Trial.

Morris injured her left knee while serving for the army and has had to undergo seven knee reconstructions.

During one of those reconstructions in 2011, she suffered a severe allergy to her medication causing her to die for 11 minutes.

But she showed the spirit that sums up the Invictus Games, using sport to aid her rehabilitation and clocked a time of 2:49.015 to finish third and her delight was plain to see as she celebrated with teammates.

10:33 – The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country and a Dutch supporter sums up that feeling by talking of their pride to be in London watching all the competitors.

The Women’s Time Trials are now getting underway with the first race being the IRB3 Road Bike Time Trial.

The final men’s time trial saw Craig Preece and Andy Kelsey win gold and silver for Great Britain with USA’s William Reynolds taking bronze.

10:22 There is plenty of noise and whistles as the Great Britain athletes are introduced for the IRB1 Road Bike Time Trial.

The IHB1 Hand Bike race saw Franck Robin of France take gold ahead of Anthony Radetic of the USA and Britain’s Josh Boggi.

10:00 – The action is coming thick and fast at the VeloPark with race four – the IRB3 Road Bike Time Trial – already underway.

The IHB2 Hand Bike time trial was won by USA’s Alfredo De Los Santos in a time of 2:33.972

Earlier Canada’s James MacIntyre finished 16th in the IRB2 Road Bike Time Trial and he will compete again at 12:40 in the circuit race. He had this to say about how he had found competing in London.

“There are some seriously fast competitors out there,” he said. “I’m very impressed with the standard – it’s incredible. It’s spectacular just to get all the countries down here competing.

“I had only been training for a couple of months. It was a great opportunity to be here and it’s great that I am able to represent Canada.

“We have been able to get around and see the sites in London and it’s a really nice city – but the traffic is unbelievable.”

09:40 - The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel championed by Prince Harry.

A sizeable crowd is gathering on the bridge over the race track and that is only going to get bigger as the day progresses.

Great Britain’s Jaco Van Gass took gold in the second race of the day – the IRB2 Road Bike Time Trial – in a time of 2:12.945.

9:19 - Day Three of the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover is underway with the road cycling at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The first race of the day saw the men's time trial in the Recumbent Bike and it was quickly followed by the Road Bike Time Trial.

And there were two medals for Great Britain in the opening race, with Robert Cromley-Hawke and JJ Chalmers claiming gold and bronze respectively - USA's Matt Hammond splitting the two riders to take silver