BRITISH TRACK CYCLING STARS HAVE GLASGOW 2018 IN THEIR SIGHTS FOLLOWING MANCHESTER GLORY
A successful weekend in front of the crowd at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester has Great Britain’s top track cyclists dreaming of further home glory at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Britain won five medals in total at the National Cycling Centre, including gold for the men’s and women’s team pursuit teams plus victory for Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker in the madison. Home favourite Katie Archibald also took silver in the omnium.
Glasgow-born rider Callum Skinner – recovering from a nasty injury sustained at the European Track Championships in Berlin last month – took bronze in the men’s kilo final in a tightly-contested race on the final day of action.
The Olympic gold medallist and former European champion said: “I’m really happy with that performance.
“It’s good to put some demons to bed after my injury at the European Championships and to come here, get a podium place, get a good time and leave injury free is three big ticks.
“I’m really looking forward to Glasgow 2018. Although I moved away when I was 12 – Glasgow is where I was born and the city means a hell of a lot to me.
“As we get closer and closer to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, it’s when things stars becoming a lot more serious. I’ll be looking to step up my results from this past year and if I can do that, we’re on the right track.”
Cycling is one of six sports taking place in Glasgow and Scotland as part of the first ever multi-sport European Championships, with Aquatics, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon completing the sports programme.
Fans can buy tickets for an incredible 84 sessions across the Championships, starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over 60s (plus fees). Tickets for all events can be purchased from www.glasgow2018.com/tickets and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Track cycling tickets are selling fast, so make sure you're quick.
Another Scot who impressed at the Track World Cup event was Aberdeen’s Neah Evans. The 27-year old won gold in the women’s team pursuit alongside fellow Scot Archibald, Olympic champion Barker and 20-year-old Emily Nelson.
Neah said: “It’s fair to say the British Cycling pit is a happy place this weekend. It’s not just been one team that’s stood out and had strong performances – it’s come from the men and women, the sprint and endurance teams. It’s nice to see”
With the final major home event of the year over, attention now turns to next year, which will see Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome host the European Track Championships as part Glasgow 2018 in August.
Whilst there’s still some time to go until then, both Callum and Neah are already excited about the prospect of winning medals in front of a passionate Scottish support.
Neah said: “I would love to be at Glasgow 2018. For me, Glasgow is the true home crowd experience and although Manchester is loud – I know Glasgow will be even louder. I would love to have the opportunity to ride at that.”