The past weekend proved to be a hugely successful one for British Cycling’s track team, racing the UCI World Cup in Glasgow.
In total, the squad won five Gold medals – taking the first place in the Women’s Team Pursuit, Women’s Omnium, Women’s Madison, Men’s Team Pursuit and Men’s Team Sprint.
Perhaps most incredible was the win Katie Archibald and Manon Lloyd managed to salvage in the women’s Madison after an early crash saw both hit the deck. Soon after, the riders were back on their bikes, ready to get stuck into the action again. They finished the race in first place, with Archibald taking the double points on offer for winning the final sprint.
After the race, Archibald took a trip to hospital where it transpired she had fractured two bones in her wrist – so it’s pretty incredible that she found the strength to put herself back into the hand-slinging melee that is a Madison.
Rocked up to A&E and told them I need a visually impacting treatment to garner as much sympathy as possible. They delivered. pic.twitter.com/iTgSroxqOz
— Katie Archibald (@_katiearchibald) November 6, 2016
@_katiearchibald you are hard as nails x
— Dani King (@DaniKing1) November 6, 2016
In the team pursuit, the Gold medal was gained by a squad that consisted of Emily Kay, Emily Nelson, Ellie Dickinson and Manon Lloyd. The average age for that group was 19. Most of the more experienced riders on the track are taking a break after the Olympics, so the latest events have been used largely as an opportunity for up and coming riders to gain experience – but this quartet proved they already had plenty!
The riders managed a time of 4minutes25.809, almost two seconds ahead of second place Italian team. It was the fast time any of these riders had won Gold at a senior World Cup level.
Emily Kay took on the challenge of the Women’s Omnium – now operating in its new format that favours bunch racing and focuses less on individual efforts against the clock. She began the final day with a fourth place in the scratch race, and then joined omnium leader Kajihara and Belarussian rider Tatsiana Sharakova in a three woman breakaway during the tempo race where all three picked up points.
In the elimination race, Kay was engaged in the final sprint, just losing out to Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky, but gaining points on her nearest omnium competitors. It was during the points race where Kay picked up the bulk of her results, moving clear of her competitors to take her first ever World Cup Gold ahead of Kopecky in second.
“I’m over the moon!”
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) November 6, 2016