Owain Doull relishing Great Britain team pursuit role

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Twenty-year-old Owain Doull is savouring his role in Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad as he prepares for the Mexico UCI Track Cycling World Cup.


Doull will join Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke and Sam Harrison for the second round of the competition in Aguascalientes from 5-7 December.

The five will vie to ride in the team pursuit with Doull making a strong impression in the event so far this season.

The Welshman was the youngest member of the pursuit team at October’s European championships when Great Britain won gold in Apeldoorn.

And he remained in the quartet for both rides in Manchester as Britain again topped the podium in a time of 3:58.654 against Australia.

“It’s a big step up for me,” Doull said.

“I’m really enjoying it at the moment. I’m just concentrating on doing my job in the team and hopefully I’ll do another good job in Mexico and carry on from there.

“As a team in the endurance camp we’ve been pretty successful so far in the Euros and then Manchester world cup so hopefully keep the ball rolling and do another good ride in Mexico.”

Doull has slotted into a team that includes world and Olympic champions Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, athletes he is keen to learn from.

“I focus on myself mainly but when you’re stood there and you’ve got Ed and Burkey and people like that, such experienced riders, you look up to them quite a lot,” Doull said.

“Someone like Ed I’ve been looking up to for ages even before I started inside the programme.”

Following his senior track world championships debut this year, when he competed in the scratch and Madison disciplines, Doull now wants a team pursuit place for the 2014 meeting in Colombia.

But he knows he will face stiff competition with no shortage of talent in the men’s endurance mix, including world champion Andy Tennant who has not travelled to South America.

“That’s the goal from the start,” Doull said of the world championships.

“Obviously riding the world cups and Euros is almost a bonus but the main thing is trying to make the starting four for the worlds in Cali.”

He added: “Manchester was pretty good - we did a (time of three minutes and) 58 in the final which was pretty quick.

“But you don’t know what the conditions are going to be like in Mexico, how everyone is going to cope with the altitude. We’re going there to try and do another good ride and score some points for the worlds.”

A rigorous training block after victory in Manchester has kept riders in peak condition for the latest of three UCI Track Cycling World Cup rounds.

But adapting to the high altitude of the Aguascalientes velodrome will also play its part in performance.

“It’s been pretty hard after the Manchester world cup,” Doull explained.

“I think before the Euros we did quite a lot of work and between the Euros and Manchester we kind of maintained that work but this is kind of really building again.

“It’s almost like another boot camp style, working hard but I think we’ll be in a good place for Mexico.

“It’ll depend how everyone’s feeling once we’re out there. We’ll look at gears and schedules - we’ll be aiming for a competitive time out there.”

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