HSBC UK | BRITISH NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS 25th – 27th January 2019
Fantastic Scottish medal haul from the British National Track Championships in Manchester last weekend.
Neil Fachie and (adopted Scot) Matt Rotherham continued their incredible form, setting two new World Records, subject to ratification, in both the 200m Time Trial, where the also took the Gold, and the 1000m Time Trial, picking up the Silver.
Laura Cluxton, riding for RT23 and piloted by Laura Clode, followed on from a good 1000m Time Trial performance to take Bronze in the 3000-4000m Pursuit with a factored time of 4:31.131.
It was a good weekend for Glasgow CT rider, Fin Graham medalled in both the 500m-1000m Standing Start Time Trial and the Para C 3000-4000m Pursuit picking up Bronze and Silver respectively.
There was a great Scottish showing in the Women’s Sprint with Lucy Grant from Peebles CC, Lusia Steele, Black Line, and Katie Archibald all making it to the late stages of the competition. Katie went all the way to the podium beating Blaine Ridge-Davis from Peckham Challengers BMX in three Matches for the Bronze medal.
It was an all Scottish affair in the final of the Woman’s 3000m Pursuit, Team HUUB’s Neah Evans beaten in the end by Katie Archibald who added to her growing medal collection. Katie also found herself on the podium for the 10km Scratch Race, narrowly beating Neah Evans into fourth.
There was more silverware for the Scots in the Women’s Team Pursuit with Jenny Holl’s Team Breeze taking the Gold ahead of Sophie Lankford’s Team Velotec who took the Silver.
HUUB-Wattbike Test Team’s Jonathan Wale managed Silver in the 1000m Time Trial, beated by Matt Rotherham, this time riding as an individual with Black Line rider, Kallum Stewart finishing just outside the medals in fourth.
The Men’s 4000m Pursuit was dominated by the Scots with three out the top four hailing from above the border. John Archibald produced the ride of the weekend with a new National Record and the second fasted time ever in the qualification round. The 4:09.584 that he set is a new sea-level World Record. Teammates Dan Bigham and Jonathan Wale qualified second and fourth respectively with RT23 rider, Kyle Gordon taking the third fasted qualifying spot. John took the Gold in the final, catching Dan in 3:32.028 with Kyle taking the final podium in the bronze medal match-up.
Kyle followed up his Bronze in the IP with another Bronze in the 40km Points Race narrowly beating Jacob Tipper from HUUB-Wattbike Test Team into fourth.
North West featuring Jack Carlin, were victorious in the Team Sprint with Slingshot’s Alister Fielding, Lewis Stewart and Hamish Turnbull taking the Silver. Slingshot advanced to the final at the expense of the Scotland team featuring Jack Cruden, Alfie George and Jamie Penny.
Sunday continued in the same way as the previous two days for the Scottish riders, Lucy Grant riding for Peebles CC, took a very impressive bronze in the 500m Time Trial behind Ellie Costa, Team Wales and Jess Crampton, Sportcity Velo in Gold and Silver respectively.
Jonathan Wale and John Archibald took Gold with HUUB-Wattbike Test Team in the Team Pursuit catching Team Inspired in the final.
Jack Carlin won a dramatic Keirin Silver narrowly beaten by Jason Kenny and Mark Stewart riding for Ribble Pro Cycling took the Silver in the Men’s Scratch race.
The Women’s Team Sprint saw Black line featuring Scot Lusia Steele and team mate Vicky Williamson win the Bronze while Neah Evans took the Gold in the Women’s Points race with Katie Archibald beaten into Bronze by a single point in the final sprint by Emily Nelson.
This years National Track Championships saw 24 medals heading back up to Scotland, that’s 7 more than last year.
Scottish Cycling would like to congratulate all those racing at the completion, including those not specifically mentioned in this report.
2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Hoogerheide Provincie Noord-Brabant - 27th January 2019
A number of Scottish riders made the journey to the Netherlands to compete for GBCT last Sunday. 19 year old, Cameron Mason put in a good performance against an older field in the Men’s U23 race. The number 27 bib he was wearing proved to be prophetic as he came home to finish in 27th position ahead of many more experienced riders.
In the Men’s Junior race, Rory McGuire finished near the front of a group of around 8 riders coming in in 28th position. A decent effort from the 17 year old in a field of 60 riders.
Following on from the good performances so far, both riders as well as Anna Flynn have been selected to represent Great Britain in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships inBogense in Denmark in February.
Congratulations to all three!