Track Cycling Challenge - Grenchen
December 19th – 20th 2018
A large contingent of Scottish cyclists made their way to Switzerland for the Track Cycling Challenge in Grenchen in December. The best action of the event probably came from HUUB WATTBIKE rider, John Archibald in the Men’s Individual Pursuit.
Sea level World Record for at the Swiss Cycling Challenge! 4.10.17 !!!— Huub | Wattbike Test Team (@HuubWattbike) December 19, 2018
John set a sea-level World Record in the qualifying round of 4:10.177, though the time will not be ratified due to a lack of anti-doping testing at the venue. He went to take the Gold in the final with a time of 4:14.483. Good rides also from his team mate and country man Jonny Wale finishing 6th in 4:19.652 and fellow Scott Kyle Gordon finishing 5th in 4:18.583.
It was a good event for Kyle also, going on from his impressive performance in the IP to win the Scratch race finishing a lap ahead of the field.
Joe Nally, riding for Great Britain Cycling Team, picked up some silverware too in the form of a Bronze in the U23 Men’s Elimination Race and Silver in the Elite Points Race, finishing level with Cyrille Thiery (SUI) in 3rd but beating him across the line to claim the second spot in the podium.
Joe was also included in the GBCT Men’s Team Pursuit squad finishing 2nd overall to HUBB WATTBIKE. John Archibald and Jonny Wale were joined by team mates, Harry Tanfield and Daniel Bigham. They came back from a three second deficit after the first kilo to make the catch before the end.
Other Scottish riders taking part in the completion were: Lewis Stewart competing in the Men’s Sprint and the Keirin, Jamie Davidson racing in the IP, Lusia Steele racing for GBCT in the Sprint and the Keirin and Sophie Lankford racing in the Points and Scratch Races as well as the Omnium.
2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Namur
23rd December 2018
Anna Flynn made the jouney to Namur to represent Great Britain Cycle Team at the CX World Cup just before Christmas. Anna gave a good performace in a difficult race, eventually won by Dutch rider Lucinda Brand, thirteen years Anna's senior.