National titles are up for grabs at the Derby Arena this weekend, as the HSBC UK | National Madison and Omnium Championships supported by HUUB take place over Saturday and Sunday.
Male and female national champions in both disciplines will be crowned, with some of the country’s most promising young riders among those to be competing for the national jersey in what are both now Olympic disciplines.
On the men’s side, world bronze medallist Ethan Hayter (VC Londres) will contest the omnium, where he will compete against the likes of road world championship medallist Harry Tanfield (Team Katusha-Alpecin), Team Inspired trio of Ethan Vernon, Jim Brown and former European junior champion Fred Wright, and Derby-based HUUB Wattbike rider Jacob Tipper.
In the women’s event, there will be strong Team Breeze representation in the shape of Jenny Holl, Anna Docherty and Josie Knight, while Amelia Sharpe and Eluned King (both Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles), Anna Shackley (Team 22) and Abi Smith (Campinense – Velo Performance) all of whom represented Great Britain at Yorkshire 2019, will also contest the title.
In Saturday’s Madison, Hayter – national champion in 2016 and 2017 – will link up with Brown, while world cup silver medallist Wright rides alongside Rhys Britton (also Team Inspired). Oscar Nilsson-Julien (VC Londres) and Jack Rootkin-Gray (Solihull CC) will ride together, as will Will Tidball (Team Inspired) and Sam Watson (Fensham Howes – Mas Design).
The women’s race will see a host of young riders attempting to inherit the title won last year by Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker.
Among them is 2017 winner Docherty, who teams up with Holl for another shot at the title. Sharpe joins forces with Ella Barnwell (Liv Cycling Club – Halo Cycles), King will ride alongside Sophie Lewis (Cycle Team OnForm) and Shackley and Knight will ride as a duo.
Both Madison events take place from 5:30pm on Saturday evening, while the four-event omniums will be contested over the course of Sunday.
Ticket details are available here.