British Cycling has today announced a 27-strong squad selected for next week’s UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France, which includes four Scots.
Neil Fachie will look to defend his world title in the Men’s Tandem Kilo, rekindling his partnership with Matt Rotherham, with whom he stormed to glory with 12 months ago. Having taken the Commonwealth title in this event alongside Lewis Stewart in the summer, Fachie has shown he is in the kind of form required to earn the right to continue to wear the rainbow bands.
Following his first world title on the road in August, Finn Graham returns to the velodrome to take on the C3 kilo, scratch, and omnium, where he’ll have to get the better of GB teammate Jaco Van Gass, who is defending champion in all three events.
Three of the seven Great Britain tandem pairings competing at these World Championships, which take place in what will be the Paralympic velodrome at Paris 2024, contain a Scottish rider, and that includes two-time Paralympic medallists, and para-cycling road time trial world champions, Jenny Holl and her stoker Sophie Unwin – that pair will be competing in their first ever Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
Joining them will be Libby Clegg, who swapped athletics for cycling, making her international debut for Team Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. She’ll be piloted by Georgia Holt this time round, as she looks to further her cycling experience once more, whilst at the same time fighting for medals.
On their selections, Scottish Cycling Head of Performance and Coaching, David Somerville, said:
“It’s great to see such a strong GB squad heading to the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, and naturally I’m pleased to see a good Scottish representation. The Commonwealth Games and recent Para-Cycling Road World Championships demonstrated the class we have in our ranks, with three Commonwealth medals and two world titles – I wish our riders similar success out in France next week.”