Huub-Wattbike smash Manchester track and National Championship records

Anna Shackley also put in a sterling effort to claim the women’s points title

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The Huub-Wattbike team smashed the Manchester velodrome’s team-pursuit record and set a new championship record on the way to retaining their national title.

The quartet of John Archibald, Jonathan Wale, Dan Bigham and Will Perrett set a time of 3.54.0 having already caught the team inspired four to set a new fastest time for the Manchester velodrome.

Perrett said: “The first ride we were just going for the qualifying playing safe. In the final the points race had taken a little out of my legs but with the crowd and the chance of a national title we smashed that one.”

It capped a very successful weekend when Archibald also claimed his second successive individual pursuit title and Jonathan Wale was crowned national champion in the kilo.

Archibald said: “All of us as a group enjoy turning up and competing at Nationals we all come from a place where winning a national title could well be the pinnacle of what you achieve.”

While the noise of the crowd in Manchester was the loudest it had been all weekend when Huub caught the Inspired team, the efforts of Anna Shackley in the women’s points race came a close second.

Shackley, riding for team Breeze had been off the front for much of the final 3km of the race, threatening to catch the back of the bunch and gain a lap. In the end, she remained there right until the line and because of the double points for the final sprint leapfrogged her way to the top of the standings.

Her fellow British Cycling academy rider Rhys Britton (Team Inspired) also had a good weekend. He took his second individual national title in the scratch race today following hot on the heels of the points race title he claimed on Saturday.

Other national champions crowned on the final day of racing included the women’s team sprint pairing of Millie Tanner and Blaine Ridge Davies (Slingshot) and Scotswoman Lauren Bell (Black Line) who won the women’s 500m TT title.

Joe Truman also put a marker down for the World Championship by taking the keirin title to add to the team sprint title he helped claim on Friday.

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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.