Great Britain team's London Track Cycling World Cup performance was good news for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Hottest ticket in town was the sold-out World Cup at the former Olympic Velodrome in London on Saturday night. Thrills and spills aplenty had the packed crowd gasping and cheering the exploits of our track superstars during an action-packed three-hour session.
Highlights included Owain Doull and Mark Christian gaining a lap to take the Madison in convincing style, Laura Trott in action in the omnium, plus Elinor Barker’s bronze medal in the women’s points race.
Most importantly, it was good to see British track boss Shane Sutton upbeat and positive about our Olympic medal prospects for Rio in just over 600 days’ time. There have been some harsh words and a major rethink since our poor showing at the World Championships at the beginning of March. Now according to Sutton, “The passion has kicked back in.”
Of course, any negativity never extended to our women’s team pursuit squad, who now have an unbroken four-year run of victories. Trott and Joanna Rowsell became household names after their success at London 2012 and now with their discipline extended to four riders and 4,000 metres, the dynamic duo lead an invincible squad which presently includes Barker, Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne.
There’s no doubting that Trott is on course for two more golds at Rio and still aged just 22, who’s to say she won’t be able to match Sir Chris Hoy’s six-gold record by 2020?
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly