Eleven Scots to take on UCI Track Nations Cup

Eleven Scots to take on UCI Track Nations Cup


Tokyo heroes Jack Carlin, Neah Evans and Katie Archibald will lead a strong Scottish contingent at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup in Glasgow, which starts tomorrow. 

Recently crowned double British champion Ellie Stone and individual pursuit specialist Kate Richardson are selected to make their debut at this level, which is especially impressive for Richardson, who only started competing in track racing in January, demonstrating the meteoric rise the Alba Development rider has made in recent months to earn a last minute call up to the GB team. 

Stone will be joined in the sprint events by fellow Scots Iona Moir, Lauren Bell and local girl Lusia Steele, with the quartet in strong form off the back of securing the Team Sprint Commonwealth Games qualification standard in Newport last month.  

The Track Nations Cup will be a pivotal event for many riders for that very reason, with this week being the last opportunity for riders to reach the required standards for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer, the qualification window closing on 30th April. 

Ali Fielding is another name looking to make his mark at international level, and he will join Jack Carlin for the Men’s Team Sprint. Carlin returned from his first Olympic Games with a Team Sprint silver and individual Sprint bronze last summer, and the Paisley-born rider will head to Glasgow in fine form after securing a hat-trick of sprint titles at last month’s British National Track Championships in Newport. 

Speaking ahead of being back in competitive action on home boards, Carlin told Scottish Cycling: 

The mood in the camp is pretty high and I think everyone is looking forward to getting some proper international racing, where everyone is turning up - this will be the first time since the Olympics that most nations will be at one race, at the same time. People won’t know how everyone is going but I think everyone in the GB squad is in a good place and has had a good winter of training, so as long as the mood stays high there will be some medals, that’s for sure.” 

With the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome having played a key role in his rise to the top of the sport, it is perhaps fitting that so many friends and family will be present over the weekend to watch him do what he does best. 

“I’ve got an army coming on a couple of days, and for the medal sessions, so they’ve made sure to tell me that I better get there! But no, there’s a fair few friends and family coming as they don’t get to see you race that often, as the major events are rarely in the UK, so it’s pretty special.” 

At the endurance end of the spectrum, Archibald and Evans need very little introduction, the pair now household names thanks to their repeated success at Commonwealth, European, Olympic and World level over the last four years. The duo will link up for the madison, which will be one of the highlights of the final session on Sunday afternoon, where they will once again go for gold. 

On the male side, Kyle Gordon (Spellman Port-Dublin) and Jonny Wale (Clancey Windows & Doors) will both represent their trade teams, a vital opportunity for both to show their ability ahead of that Birmingham selection meeting early next month. 

The action kicks off in earnest on Thursday morning, with Evans and Archibald going in the Women’s Team Pursuit, while Jack Carlin and Ali Fielding will be looking to disrupt the Dutch dominance in the Men’s Team Sprint.  

How To Follow 

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The full competition schedule can be found here 

BBC Sport will be providing live coverage of selected sessions, while we will keep you up to date with all the goings on inside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with updates on our social media channels (@scottishcycling), as well as daily reports on our website