World titles expected of British track team in Cali

British track team race at the UCI track cycling world championships in Cali, Colombia this week. Shane Sutton is keen to manage the expectation on this very young team.

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The British track team will go in to the 2014 track cycling world championships looking to perform and looking to win medals, according to head coach Shane Sutton who is in charge of the team in Cali, Colombia.

The external expectations are for another medal haul from this young squad, and Sutton himself suggested six medals would be a good return. “I expect everyone to be the best they can be,” he said when interviewed the day before competition began.

“I’d like to think in the Olympic disciplines that we’re there or thereabouts, but no one can predict. No one’s actually put a marker [down] of what we can achieve. In the real world I’d like to think we’re in the mix.”

The greatest expectations will rest on the shoulders of Becky James (22) and Laura Trott. James burst out of the shadow of Victoria Pendleton at last year’s world championships winning two world titles and four medals from four events. This year will be the first year where she is expected to medal. “Managing her expectations is the biggest challenge,” Sutton said.

“She’s incrementally gaining speed and strength on a daily basis at this moment in time. She had one or two little setbacks, but making no excuses, it’s the worlds, you come here to perform. I’ve no doubt she’ll go in to Rio as the red hot favourite.”

James will again compete in all four sprint events, teaming up with Jess Varnish for the team sprint.

Trott, who is still only 21 years old, will again lead the team pursuit quartet as they look to continue their record breaking run of performances, and then compete for an individual medal in the omnium. “Trott is a great inspiration to the young women, in the sprint and endurance. The fact is she leads, and she leads with her legs.” Sutton said.

The British women’s team pursuit squad haven’t been beaten since the world cup here in Cali back in December 2010, and have set an incredible 11 world records in their last 15 competitive rides. Expectation may be on them to deliver another world record, but the track may not favour it. The four that will ride is a slightly different make up too, with Katie Archibald having gained her place in the team ahead of Dani King. “Archibald is more than ready. We’re not putting her out there to be slaughtered.” Sutton said.

“She has proved her worth over the last few months in training. Her data is great, and she has adapted well to the team. I have chipped her about her hair, it’s red, white and blue at the moment. I need to have a word with Trotty [about that]."

King will be reserve and will ride the scratch race. Archibald will ride the points race while both Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker will ride the individual pursuit.

The men’s team pursuit line-up is newer still. The indefatigable Ed Clancy (28) will be joined by Jon Dibben (20), Owain Doull (20) and Sam Harrison (21), making for an average age of 22.

British riders will compete in every event on the schedule.


Team GB - Who rides what

Women’s endurance

Team pursuit: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott

Omnium: Laura Trott

Individual pursuit: Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell

Scratch: Dani King

Points: Katie Archibald


Men’s endurance

Team pursuit: Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison

Omnium: Ed Clancy

Individual Pursuit: Owain Doull

Scratch: Sam Harrison

Points: Owain Doull

Madison: Owain Doull, Jon Dibben

Women’s sprint

Team sprint: Becky James, Jess Varnish

Sprint: Becky James, Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson

Keirin: Becky James, Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson

500m tt: Becky James, Vicky Williamson


Men’s sprint

Team sprint: Kian Emadi, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny

Sprint: Matt Crampton, Jason Kenny

Kilometre tt: Kian Emadi

Keirin: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Jason Kenny

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel