British Cycling Track Championships: Moments in time

British Cycling Track Championships: Moments in time

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The British track championships have been a place to see future talents and established names go head to head – often away from the media spotlight.

The first unified British track championships were held in 1973 in Leicester before moving to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre in 1995 where it has remained since.

We take four moments in time from the championships with a link to the past, present and future.

2005:
In 2005 the men’s scratch race podium was filled by three riders who would go on to define the presence of young British talent developing into professional cyclists on track and road.

Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift were the recipients of the gold, silver and bronze medals that year.

In the women's under-14 omnium, a certain Laura Trott took the win (pictured), with Becky James third.

1997:
In 1997, a 17 year-old from Kilburn took the British junior championships by storm, winning the three-kilometre individual pursuit, the kilometre time trial, points and the scratch race. He repeated the feat in 1998. His name was Bradley Wiggins.

1990:
in 1990, Simon Lillistone beat Chris Boardman in the individual pursuit. Boardman went on to become a gold medal winner in the event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, while, two decades later, Lillistone – an Olympian himself – headed the delivery of the cycling events at London 2012.

1963:
In 1963 Hugh Porter won his first of three consecutive British titles in the four-kilometre individual pursuit. Now Hugh is known as the voice of cycling, commentating on the Olympic Games from 1994 to 2012 – and is also a regular announcer at the British track championships, sharing his vast knowledge with the crowd.

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