Fastest pursuit rider at sea level John Archibald can go faster still

Newly crowned individual pursuit National Champion still has room for improvement according to his team

John Archibald may yet be able to go faster in the individual pursuit than the time he set in Manchester on Saturday morning (January 26) which is the fastest ever at sea level, according to his team-mate.

Huub-Wattbike rider Archibald rode a 4.09.584 in qualifying at the British National Championships, knocking more than half a second off the previous fastest sea-level time of 4.10.177, which he set in Switzerland last month. Archibald’s best is just over two seconds off American Ashton Lambie’s World Record of 4.07.251 set at altitude at Aguascalientes, Mexico last year.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.