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Preview - ASDA StreetVelodrome Series Round 5 Worthing

 All roads lead to Broadgate, City of London and the 2015 ASDA StreetVelodrome SuperFinals. As the competition heats up the ProTeams and riders will be forgiven for starting to think about the all important SuperFinals and their chances of overall victory in the Series.

But before the Series reaches the capital there are two more rounds of dramatic head to head racing yet to go. The next being in the Sussex seaside resort of Worthing. And after the short fast tracks the Series has visited so far, the next two rounds will see the longer straights which favours the power riders and reduces the advantage of the technical riders.
 

Team Quella come to Worthing with a diminishing lead over their rivals Team Cycleguard and Team ProCook. With a single gold medal separating them from their two closest competitors the pressure will be on defending champs Dave Johnson and Anna Glowinski to grab as many gold medals as possible before the teams meet for the SuperFinals.
 

The overall team title will be decided by the Olympic style medal table. Put simply, if a team has more golds than any other team they will be crowned the Series Champions. If they are tied on the number of golds with another team, then the number of silvers will decide the outcome of the Series. And if they are still tied on both golds and silvers then the tally of bronze medals could decide the outcome. 


With eight sets of medals still up for grabs, four to be won at the SuperFinals, there is still everything to play for. Even fifth place team Rock The Cotswolds, who have yet to do better than bronze, could mathematically still win the overall title. 

However, there is the small matter of Round 5 Worthing on 2nd August and Round 6 in Ealing on 8th August.

At the last round in Lowestoft the Suffolk town played host to an exciting days racing which saw ProCook's Super Mario win his 2nd gold of the Series against Quella's Dave Johnson. And Team Cycleguard's Jess Stone returned to her invincible ways by clinching gold against Quella's Anna Glowinski.

So despite all these silver medals mounting up are Quella losing ground to both Cycleguard and ProCook as they both close the gap by continuing to win golds. Worthing could see a change at the top of the medal table. 

The teams ranking is vital as it determines the seeding for the riders (both amateur and pro) at each round of the Series. Currently Quella, ranked 1st, and Cycleguard, ranked 2nd enjoying the easier draw. But teams ProCook (ranked 3rd) and Velotec (ranked 4th) continue to be locked in a battle during the elimination heats. These clashes have seen amazing head to head races between ProCook's Super Mario and Olympian Craig Maclean riding for Velotec. 

If ProCook can leapfrog Cycleguard in the standings they will manage to climb out of this continuing struggle with Velotec and the might of Craig's power in the straights. 

Meanwhile as the other teams clash horns, Rock The Cotswolds are on a high since their first medal of the Series came at the last round in Lowestoft. Can they build on that success with returning pro rider Patrick Robertson? 

This weekend's guest team will be Team ASL360 with defending Brompton World Champ Mark Emsley competing as their designated male pro rider. They could upset the regular pro teams and steal the gold right from under their noses?

Lets find out!

 

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