Guide: 2018 HSBC UK | National Track Championships

Guide: 2018 HSBC UK | National Track Championships

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The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester plays host to the 2018 HSBC UK | National Track Championships from 26 - 28 January.

The event will see Olympic and world champions go head-to-head with the best up-and-coming talent Britain has to offer.

You can be there to witness the best track riders in the country race for the iconic national champions’ jerseys; tickets are available for all sessions and start at just £7.

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Venue

Schedule

How to follow

Ones to watch

Sprint

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny will return to the HSBC UK | National Track Championships team sprint competition for the first time since he won the national title alongside Matt Crampton and Phil Hindes in 2015.

Kenny will be joined by fellow Olympian Hindes as well as Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens, riders who have been making a name for themselves in Kenny’s absence since Rio.

Sprinter Jack Carlin is one of several young riders challenging for titles at he 2018 national track championships

The third man in the Rio team sprint, Callum Skinner, will be putting his speed to the test in the men’s 1km time trial, in which he will face fellow Great Britain Cycling Team third man Joe Truman and reigning national champion, Team KGF’s Dan Bigham, who will be one of a number of riders competing across both sprint and endurance disciplines.

Lauren Bate is one of several young riders making the step up from junior to senior competition this season and is already establishing herself as a star of the future on the international stage.

Lauren Bate in the women's keirin at the Junior Track World Championships

Katy Marchant missed the 2017 championships due to injury but finished the previous edition with four national titles. Now an Olympic bronze medallist, Marchant must take on the likes of last year’s team sprint champions Bate and Sophie Capewell if she wants to regain her titles.

Endurance

Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker will headline the women’s endurance competitions, (with Archibald tackling several sprint events to boot); both riders have enjoyed great success on the international stage in 2017 and have an individual world title apiece.

Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald are flying the flag for women's cycling

Their road to national titles will be far from unchallenged however, with Great Britain Cycling Team riders Emily Nelson, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd, Ellie Dickinson and Neah Evans - all of whom have reached the podium at world cup level this season - looking for titles of their own.

The story of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk was undoubtedly British amateur outfit Team KGF, who took gold in the men’s team pursuit and the individual pursuit.

A particularly fascinating head-to-head is expected in the individual pursuit when Team KGF’s reigning champion Dan Bigham takes on teammate and Minsk gold medallist Charlie Tanfield.

Teammates Charlie Tanfield and Dan Bigham from Team KGF

Watch out for Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood in the bunch races; the two Great Britain Cycling Team squad stalwarts each won a national title (in the scratch and points race respectively) in 2015 and will be looking to pull on a national jersey once again before the end of the weekend.

Para-cycling

Sophie Thornhill won three national titles and three world titles in 2017 with new pilot Corinne Hall but in 2018 she is back riding with her Rio pilot Helen Scott and Hall has reunited with Rio stoker Lora Fachie.

Thornhill and Scott will face Fachie and Hall for the first time since Rio 2016 The newly reformed tandem pairs will face off for national titles against the recently refreshed pairings of James Ball and Pete Mitchell and Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham.

Paralympic team sprint champions Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy will all be competing in individual events and many spectators will be delighted to see David Smith return to the track less than two years after a life-saving operation on his spine left him with widespread paralysis on his left side.

Venue

The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre was Britain's first indoor cycling track. It has hosted track cycling events in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Revolution series and the UCI Track Cycling World Championships a record three times (1996, 2000 and 2008).

The HSBC UK | National Cycling Centre in Manchester

More than 15 track cycling world records have been set on the 250m Siberian pine track that forms the Great Britain Cycling Team’s training base in the UK.

Visiting for the first time? All the information you need is in our Spectator guide

Schedule

Friday 26 January

Session 1 - start time - 10am

Men's keirin first round
Men's 4km individual pursuit qualifying
Women's sprint qualifying, first round and quarter-finals
Women's 3km individual pursuit qualifying
C1-5 para-cycling time trial final
BVI para-cycling time trial final

Session 2 - start time - 7pm

Men's keirin semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Men's 4km individual pursuit finals and ceremony
Women's sprint semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Women's 3km individual pursuit finals and ceremony
C1-5 para-cycling 200m final
BVI para-cycling 200m final

Saturday 27 January

Session 3 - start time - 8:30am

Men’s sprint qualifying, first round and quarter-finals
Men’s 40km points race qualifying
Women’s team pursuit qualifying, finals and ceremony
Women’s 15km scratch race qualifying
C1-5 para-cycling individual pursuit final
BVI para-cycling individual pursuit final

Session 4 - start time - 6pm

Men's sprint semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Men's 1km time trial finals and ceremony
Men's 40km points race final and ceremony
Women's keirin first round, semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Women's 15km scratch race final and ceremony

Sunday 28 January

Qualifying session

Sunday morning’s qualification session commencing at 8:30am will not be ticketed. Doors will be open and it will be free of charge to any spectators. The same parking restrictions will still apply for this session.

Team pursuit qualifying

Team sprint qualifying

Session 5 - Start time - 1pm

Men's scratch final and ceremony
Men's team sprint semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Women's team sprint semi-finals, finals and ceremony
Men's team pursuit finals and ceremony
Women’s 500m time trial finals and ceremony
Women's 30km points race final and ceremony

How to follow

  • Watch the championships live at the HSBC UK | National Cycling Centre in Manchester - tickets are still available here: Buy tickets
  • Reports, results, images and reaction will appear on the British Cycling website
  • Follow @BritishCycling on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates