2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships coverage | Jon Dibben bio | Get into track cycling
Published: 20 February 2014
Written by: Eddie Allen
Video: Simon Powers
Jon Dibben is excited about representing his country at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia after making his debut in 2013 and feels that since Belarus he has become an integral part of the Great Britain team pursuit setup.
The 20-year-old from Southampton made his world championships debut in Minsk, selected to compete in the omnium, in which he finished eighth.
With Ed Clancy chosen for the omnium this year in Colombia, Dibben can focus his full attention on the team pursuit event that he’s worked so hard to infiltrate this season.
"I’m really excited again, same as last year,” said Dibben. “It's still all quite new to me; second senior competition, second world champs so, excited to get out there now and get racing."
Dibben’s progression into the squad has pleased the rider, who was peripheral to the team a year ago but now feels more enmeshed in the five-man squad that includes Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Sam Harrison and Owain Doull.
Talking of his personal development this year Dibben said: "I feel like I've come on almost as I expected. I worked at man-five for the team pursuit, rode the omnium instead.
“This year, I’m more amongst the team, I’ve ridden a world cup this year in Mexico in the team pursuit so I've progressed from man-five into more ‘in the team’."
With no omnium to contest Dibben can focus completely on the team pursuit, his training and the threat from the other strong pursuiting nations.
"We could do a good ride in the team pursuit,” said the rider. “There are some teams that are coming on every year, like the Danes stepped up a little bit more this year, the Aussies are obviously always good but I think we could be right up there."
Despite 2010 world champion Clancy being preferred for the six-event omnium this time around, Dibben hasn’t given up on the chance of vying for a ride in future championships.
"It's still an event I want to ride,” confirmed Dibben. “It's one of the two Olympic medals that we'll be able to go for in 2016.
“So it's one to keep qualifying for. Hopefully I’ll ride a couple of world cups next year and then try to go for worlds selection again."
Dibben went on acknowledge the benefit of riding with an older, more experienced rider like 28-year-old Ed Clancy.
“Ed's really good as a team pursuit rider so he's always dragging us round a bit. He's a good example to look to because he doesn't do much wrong."
The experience of working with Paul Manning has also been vital in Dibben’s development through 2013, with the former Olympic team pursuit champion and mastermind of the women’s team pursuit domination working with Dibben since April 2013.
"The thing I like about Paul is he's always relaxed,” said Dibben. “He doesn't get too annoyed if we have a bad effort.
“He's always quite calm and he does tell you how it is as well.
“Paul knows exactly what he's doing obviously. He's been there, done it, coached the team up to the Olympics and through it, now he's coaching us.”