2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships coverage | Philip Hindes bio | Get into track cycling
Published: 19 February 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
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Olympic champion Philip Hindes is desperate to win a first UCI Track Cycling World Championships medal in Cali, Colombia.
The talented 21-year-old won team sprint gold at the 2012 London Olympics with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny but has yet to collect a medal in two world championship appearances.
“I'm really looking forward to it, it's my third world championships and I've never been on the podium so hopefully we will do a best time and win,” said Hindes, who rides in the man-one spot.
“It's a big target for us to win.”
At his first world championships in 2012, Hindes - with Hoy and Kenny - suffered relegation in Melbourne for an illegal changeover between the debutant and three-time Olympic champion Kenny.
Following Hoy’s retirement after the Olympic Games, a new-look team sprint line-up consisting of Hindes, Kenny and Kian Emadi emerged for the 2013 event in Minsk, finishing sixth.
The same trio will attempt to improve on the position at the Alcides Nieto Patino Velodrome and Hindes believes the signs have been positive.
Bronze in last November’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup was followed by silver in the second round in Aguascalientes, as Matt Crampton and Emadi were both tried alongside Hindes and Kenny.
“It's been going well, we've progressed all the way,” Hindes said.
“We came third in Manchester in a really strong world cup and second in Mexico behind the German team where we've done a pretty quick time and broke the world record in qualifying (42.339 seconds), then the German team broke our record. It's been going really well.”
Hindes also backed 21-year-old Kian Emadi to continue his progression in the man-three role vacated by Hoy.
“I think he has improved a lot, he has improved the start a lot and his longer effort has got quicker so I think he is going to do really well at man-three in Colombia.
“I'm looking forward to seeing what he can actually pull out on race day because training is always difficult to say because you are always a bit tired when you have gym before.
“When you are fully tapered on race day and everything comes together on race day I think he will do really well.”
Hindes has revealed his long-term target for the opening lap having set a new personal best of 17.240 seconds in Mexico, albeit at an altitude approaching 2000m that is conducive to quicker times.
“My big target is 16.8 but it's a long way to a 16.8,” Hindes said.
“I'm looking for 17.2, 17.1 for Colombia and I've done 17.2 in Mexico which was a new PB for me.
“It was a bit quicker than at the Olympics but was at altitude.”
Great Britain last won a team sprint world title in 2005 when Jamie Staff, Chris Hoy and Jason Queally triumphed in Carson, USA.