‘I was expecting to be 7th or 8th’ - retired pro takes shock victory at British Track Championships

Pete Mitchell soared to a national title on his racing comeback

Peter Mitchell celebrates in a black jersey
(Image credit: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)

Retired pro Pete Mitchell had not raced in five years before he won a surprise gold medal in the men’s sprint on day one of the British National Track Championships. 

The 34-year-old, a former world champion tandem pilot, ended his career in 2019 after suffering a head injury in a car crash that stopped him training for 10 months. He returned to the track on Friday night, and stunned the Team GB academy prospects, racing masterfully to win a first solo national title. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.