AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BRITISH SQUAD FOR THE 2017 UEC TRACK CYCLING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The great and the good of the world of European track cycling are in Berlin, Germany, for the 2017 UEC Track Cycling European Championships (18-22 October).
Among them is a British squad that has genuine medal hopes, as seasoned pros and young, emerging talent unite to go for gold.
A total of 18 riders, including five Olympic gold medallists, make up the team, and will all be determined to impress as the road to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships continues. Tickets for all sports at Glasgow 2018, including track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, are on sale now. Secure your tickets here.
Scot Katie Archibald is sure to be one to watch as she aims to build on her previous success on this very stage.
The reigning two-time European champion and Olympic gold medal-winner is going into the spectacle in good form, having returned from injury earlier in the year to claim her first individual rainbow jersey in the World Championships in Hong Kong, coming out on top in the new-look four event omnium to become world champion for just the second time in her career.
Elinor Barker, who won gold with Katie in the team pursuit at Rio 2016, will also line up for Great Britain.
As well as being an Olympic champion, the Welsh track specialist, who also rides on the road, can count two-time world and three-time European champion in the team pursuit, as well as a world champion in the points race, on her list of honours.
Another athlete who is dreaming of a place on the podium is Andy Tennant.
Andy, 30, has established himself as a star of British Cycling’s crop since breaking into the ranks at the age of 18, when he became junior world champion in the individual pursuit and European champion in the team pursuit.
A key member of the GB squad, he has picked up a number of honours since, including gold in the individual and team events of the 2014 UEC European Track Championships and gold at last year’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow.
Jack Carlin is another Scottish competitor who has been selected as part of his country’s crop. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful breakthrough season in the team sprint with a silver medal at last year’s European Championships and two golds in the UCI World Cup series.
Joining Katie and Elinor in the women’s endurance squad for Berlin is Eleanor Dickinson. Breaking on to the scene at a young age, 19-year-old Ellie has already made her mark. The talented sportswoman competed at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in the women's junior road race, before clinching first place at Round 1 of the 2016–17 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow for the team pursuit.
Ollie Wood takes his place in the men’s endurance squad after a strong showing at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen last month. Ollie will be keen to build on a 4th place finish in the U23 men’s event.
GB team in full: Sophie Capewell, Katy Marchant, Jack Carlin, Philip Hindes, Ryan Owens, Callum Skinner, Joe Truman, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Eleanor Dickinson, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd, Steven Burke, Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Andy Tennant, Ollie Wood.