Olympic team pursuit riders dominate Saturday evening's racing at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. Photos by David Pearce
Great Britain’s Olympic team pursuit riders dominated the racing at the Revolution Series round at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on Saturday evening.
Team Wiggins cruised to four out of five victories in the men’s Elite Championship events, with Jon Dibben and Owain Doull taking the spoils. Doull and Dibben’s GB team pursuit team-mate Andy Tennant was riding for the Pedalsure team.
As the GB squad are in the throes of their intensive training ahead of the Track World Championships and subsequently the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Doull put their performance down to being near peak form.
“[We have] a bit of an advantage given that we have access to the track quite a lot in Manchester,” said Doull. “With the Worlds only a few months away we’re all in really good shape, which definitely helps.”
Doull made light of the on-the-night rivalry between himself, Dibben and Tennant. “Throughout the year you race with them as a team, so it’s different to race against them but it’s nice. We’re all doing so well being on the track squad so it’s a good laugh.”
Sky riders Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas were also in attendance, but put in a relatively muted performance in what is their off-season.
Pedalsure retain the lead in the Elite Championships standing after the round, with Team Wiggins occupying second place.
Laura Trott put in a trademark performance in the women’s endurance events, claiming the victory in the points, elimination and scratch races. She denied any victories for fellow GB team pursuiter and home favourite Katie Archibald.
Sir Chris Hoy himself was present in the velodrome that bears his name. His bike brand sponsors the Future Stars youth events, and Hoy delighted the riders and spectators by joining the Future Stars for a victory lap.
However, contrary to pre-event rumours Sir Chris did not join in the longest lap race, which was won by Sam Welsford (Orica-GreenEdge).
Britain’s Victoria Williamson beat Melissandre Pain of France to win the women’s sprint.
The National Cycling Centre in Manchester will host the remaining two round of the 2015/16 Revolution Track Series on January 2 and 23.
For more information and full results, visit the Revolution Series website.