Cycling--and in Frankfurt, amateur competitors gathered at the bicycle stadium last week for the West German Championships -- the last test before the World Championships to be held in Amsterdam at the end of August.
CU PULL BACK TO GV cyclists on training rollers in pits and checking bikes (3 SHOTS)
GV AND CU start of final race and starter gun being fired ( 3 SHOTS)
SV AND GV race in progress with riders entering first bend ( 2 SHOTS)
GV Race in progress with riders on banking (2 SHOTS)
CU AND SV Start of women's sprint race and starter gun being fired ( 2 SHOTS)
GV Women's sprint race in progress with Beate habetz winning ( 5 SHOTS)
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Background: Cycling--and in Frankfurt, amateur competitors gathered at the bicycle stadium last week for the West German Championships -- the last test before the World Championships to be held in Amsterdam at the end of August.
SYNOPSIS: Care and concentration on the training rollers before the start. This gets the muscles up to "racing temperature" before he first training heats on the eight hundred metre oval track. Eighty cyclists took part in the event, trying for titles over various distances. The West German Championships are part of the qualifying rounds for the World title competition.
The start of the best event for West German track cyclists--the team pursuit against the clock. Under the guidance of former national trainer Gustav Kilian, the previous West German pursuit team won gold medals and world championships. After Montreal Olympics most of the successful cyclists turned professional--so in this race the succession was at stake.
This team from Boblingen might well end up filling the gap. Quick at the start and sure at the change of leading cyclists, the team with a clear time lead, became West German champions for the four thousand metre distance.
Reigning World Road Champion Beate habetz -- in the light blouse -- had already won the individual pursuit during the Frankfurt meeting. She started favourite for the final sprint.
Last year she also took the national title in the event. The sprint is over a total distance of eight hundred metres -- the first six hundred are cycled almost at leisure until the decisive moment when the final spurt starts.
Beate Habetz moved ahead from her competitors from the start. Then she demonstrate her explosive finishing power to take the West German title and become a strong contender for world honours.