Scots prepare for Newport Challenge

Scots prepare for Newport Challenge


Scottish Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medallists will head south to race for the coveted red, white, and blue bands this weekend (4th-6th March), as the 2022 British National Track Championships heads to the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in Newport.

Paralympic medallists Fin Graham and Jenny Holl will join their Olympic counterparts Jack Carlin, Neah Evans and the best domestic riders for what should be three exciting days of racing!

Men’s Sprint

Double Olympic medallist Jack Carlin will ride in the keirin, sprint and team sprint events, but will face stiff competition from the likes of fellow Scots Anthony Young and Ali Fielding as well as the best from the Great Britain Cycling Team including Matt Rotherham, Joe Truman and Hamish Turnbull.

Women’s Sprint

We sat down with Lusia Steele to gain her insights on the championships, you can read that article here. Steele will be joined by fellow GBCT rider Lauren Bell and Iona Moir. The trio will attempt to meet the Commonwealth Qualification standard for the team sprint.

Scottish Cycling Performance rider Ellie Stone will compete in the individual sprint events and be a tricky opponent for any of the Great Britain squad that will face her.

Women’s Endurance

Tokyo team pursuit silver medallist Neah Evans (individual pursuit, points, scratch) will face fierce competition in Newport from fellow Tokyo alumni Jenny Holl with home riders Ella Barnwell and Eluned King leading up the Welsh challenge.

BUCS champion Kate Richardson (Alba Development RT) will be buoyant on her form from last weekend in the individual pursuit, in which she only needs a modest improvement to reach the standard for Birmingham 2022.

Men’s Endurance

The Men’s individual pursuit will be one of the most intriguing events of the weekend with the Derbados trio of Kyle Gordon (Spellman - Dublin Port), John Archibald and Jonny Wale (Chaney Windows and Doors) leading the Scottish challenge.

Scottish Cycling Performance riders Tim Shoreman, Cameron Richardson (RT23) and Michael Gill (Saint Piran) will also be in action and will be amongst those trying to chase qualification times for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

You can read the full startlist here: Rider list

How to follow:

Track cycling fans will be able to follow the action from this weekend’s British National Track Championships with full live coverage available through GCN+, Eurosport Player and the British Cycling YouTube channel.

Day-by-day guide:

  • Thursday: Closed qualifying session.
  • Friday session 1: Men’s individual pursuit, men’s team sprint, women’s sprint, women’s individual pursuit, para-cycling sprint.
  • Friday session 2: Men’s individual pursuit final, men’s team sprint final, women’s sprint final, women’s individual pursuit final, para-cycling scratch race.
  • Saturday session 1: Men’s sprint, men’s kilo final, men’s points race, women’s team pursuit final, women’s scratch, para-cycling pursuit.
  • Saturday session 2: Men’s sprint final, men’s points race final, women’s keirin final, women’s scratch race final.
  • Sunday session 1: Men’s scratch race, women’s team sprint, men’s team pursuit, women’s points race, para-cycling time-trial.
  • Sunday session 2: Men’s keirin final, men’s scratch race final, women’s team sprint

TV Times

  • Friday 4 March: 13:30 – 15:30, 19:00 – 21:30
  • Saturday 5 March: 12:30 – 16:30, 19:00 – 22:00
  • Sunday 6 March: 11:00 – 12:15, 13:30 – 18:00