Hundreds Ride with Brad

Ride with BradDespite heavy rain showers hundreds of cyclists joined Bradley Wiggins yesterday for the (now) annual Ride with Brad sportive around some of his favourite training routes through Clitheroe and Trough of Bowland in East Lancashire. This year’s event, held in support of his charity the Bradley Wiggins Foundation which was set up to promote sport in the community, was complimented by a Festival of Sport in Victory Park, Barnoldswick. Riders set off with Sir Bradley, from Eccleston, at around 7am, on a choice of 50km, 100km, or 160km routes, with Wiggins returning to Victory Park just after noon to sign autographs and talk to the press. Amongst those taking part were fellow Olympians Laura Trott and Dani King now part of the Wiggle-Honda team supported, in part, by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.



Track World Championships Gold

2013 UCI Track World ChampionshipsDay two of the UCI Track World Championships has proven considerably more successful for GB with Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker winning gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit, beating Australia in a time of 3m 18.140s. Due to rule changes coming into effect ahead of the Rio Olympics this was to be the last time the Women’s Team Pursuit was staged in its current incarnation before switching to a four woman, four km format; given that GB has truly dominated the discipline since its inception back in 2008 this has been a worthy swansong with ‘old hands’ Trott and King joined by A-level student Barker – who reportedly brought her textbooks with her to Minsk – delivering the perfect mix of experience and fresh talent that British Cycling Performance Director Sir Dave Brailsford had hoped for.



2013 UCI Track World Championships

2013 UCI Track World ChampionshipsTomorrow – Wednesday, February 20 – sees the start of the 2013 UCI Track World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Always an electrifying prospect, this year’s event deserves our particular attention as it marks a potential watershed for the GB team; Hoy is ‘resting’, Pendleton now retired, and stepping up to the challenge are a roster of exciting new riders. British Cycling Performance Director Sir Dave Brailsford has gone so far as to describe it as ‘a changing of the guard.’ GB is certainly fielding an outstanding group of Olympic Medallists – Dani King, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Ed Clancy, Steve Burke – but perhaps the real excitement will come from watching the likes of Becky James, Kian Emadi, Elinor Barker and Jon Dibben…


Contemplating this new mix Brailsford says, ‘This worlds is always where you start to see this blend of youth and more experienced riders coming together and that’s always exciting to see… The time after the Olympic Games is a time to experiment, try new things, in many respects mix it up a little in terms of training and what riders are focusing on. I think it keeps an interest, it makes a difference and it makes a dynamic.’


The five days of competition from February 20-24 is, of course, the first major track meeting since the London Olympic Games with the usual mix of sprint and endurance events but, due to rule changes soon to come into force, Minsk will contain some swan songs. The trio of Dani King, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott will be the last GB squad to compete (at least at a major meet) in the current pursuit format of three riders, three kilometres with the event scheduled to change to four riders across four kilometres to bring it in line with the men’s discipline ahead of the Rio Olympic Games. This certainly makes the competition one to watch with King commenting, ‘We’re going to go out there and ride the fastest we can. We need to go out with a bang to say goodbye to the three-kilometre and three-woman event…’


The venue in itself should prove an interesting backdrop; The Minsk Arena (its

3,000-seat skating stadium home to the Dynamo-Minsk hockey club) has previously played host to the European Track Cycling Championships and upgrades to facilities now makes it one of the most highly specced and multifunctional venues in Europe. But for those not planning to make the trip to Belarusian capital the BBC have comprehensive coverage presented by Jonathan Edwards and with commentary by Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman. With 19 titles up for grabs the outline finals and BBC coverage are:


Wednesday, February 20

Finals: Men’s Kilometre TT, Women’s Individual Pursuit, Women’s Team Sprint and Men’s Team Pursuit.

BBC Coverage: 4-7pm Red Button and online, 5.45-6pm BBC Two, from 4pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.


Thursday, February 21

Finals: Women’s 500m TT, Men’s Individual Pursuit, Women’s Team Pursuit, Men’s 15km Scratch and Men’s Team Sprint.

BBC Coverage: 4-7pm Red Button and online, 4.15-6pm BBC Two, from 4pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.


Friday, February 22

Finals: Women’s 10km Scratch, Men’s 40km Points and Men’s Keirin.

BBC Coverage: 4-7pm Red Button and online, 4.15-6pm BBC Two, from 4pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, 10pm-7am highlights on Red Button.


Saturday, February 23

Finals: Women’s 25km Points, Men’s Omnium and Women’s Individual Sprint.

BBC Coverage: From 4pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, 5.15-7pm BBC Two and online, 9-11.15pm highlights on the Red Button.


Sunday, February 24

Finals: Women’s Omnium, Men’s Individual Sprint, Men’s 50km Madison, Women’s Keirin.

BBC Coverage: 11am-2.05pm on BBC Two and online, from 11am on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, 8-11.05pm highlights on the Red Button.


For the complete event schedule see:



Track World Cup Opener

Track Cycling World Cup 2012 - Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome  - Jason Kenney, Ed Clancy, Laura Trott, Dani KingDespite the inauspicious start to the Track World Cup yesterday (November 16), which saw GB’s men wipe out in spectacular fashion during the qualifier of Team Pursuit, things soon picked up at the brand-new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with two Golds and a Silver from opening night. Spain were vanquished by Rebecca James and Jess Varnish in the Women’s Team Sprint final to take GB’s first Gold, followed by Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker taking the same colour over Australia in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Silver came courtesy of Jason Kenney, Ed Clancy and Philip Hindes’ Men’s Team Sprint.


Action continues today and tomorrow (November 17/18) in Glasgow with full scheduling details at and coverage across both BBC1, BBC2 and via the Red Button services, with additional radio coverage via BBC Five Live Sports Extra.



European Track Championships Squad

British Cycling has announced their team for the Under 23 UEC European Track Championships, which take place July 26 – 31 in Portugal, listing a total of 29 young riders that includes the current Elite World Champions Dani King and Laura Trott, along with elite-level Gold medallists Sam Harrison and Jess Varnish. Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “We’re sending a large team of riders out to Portugal, all of whom we believe are capable of performing well at European level. The size of the squad, and the fact that some riders haven’t made selection this time, is a testament to the success and strength of our Olympic Academy and Olympic Development Programmes and means we’re in a good position looking to London 2012 and beyond.”


With Geraint Thomas riding high in this year’s Tour de France, Wales has yet more cause for celebration with the announcement of the U23 Team, which includes no less than seven Welsh riders – Sam Harrison, Jonathan Mould, Luke RoweU23 Men’s Endurance), Owain Doull (Junior Men’s Endurance), Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts (Junior Women’s Endurance) and Becky James (U23 Women’s Sprint).