Track Na­tion­als

Na­tional Track Cham­pi­onships | Jan­uary 26-28 | Manch­ester

Cycling Weekly - - Contents - Vern Pitt in Manch­ester

Katie Archibald dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings at the Bri­tish Na­tional Track Cham­pi­onships at the week­end, win­ning three red, white and blue-striped jer­seys.

Archibald was an al­most per­ma­nent fix­ture on the boards, hav­ing en­tered five events over the course of the three-day com­pe­ti­tion. It was a gam­ble that paid off hand­somely, with three vic­to­ries and a podium place.

The Scot formed one half of the most ex­cit­ing mo­ment of the week­end when she won the scratch race in im­pe­ri­ous style, reel­ing in a late break over the course of the fi­nal four laps be­fore tak­ing the sprint. It was fol­lowed with her brother John putting in a sim­i­larly im­pres­sive ride to gain a lap on the points race field and wrap up a dou­ble Archibald vic­tory, and his first Na­tional Cham­pi­onship jer­sey.

Katie Archibald said: “I’ve never felt that ex­cited about some­one else’s race. I thought I cared be­fore but…”

She added: “My break­through was bronze in the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit, and that’s what my brother did [on Fri­day]. I thought that’s nice, now he’ll work his way through the ranks, and then the d*ck­head goes and gets a jer­sey.

“He has al­ways been a good bike rider but this is his first sea­son on the track and he’s come in storm­ing. This is prob­a­bly his strength all along and we hadn’t found it un­til now.”

John Archibald said: “Watch­ing the scratch race it was crazy see­ing Katie al­most lead­ing out her­self, I just got that adrenalin rush be­fore tak­ing to the start line for my race.”

The re­sults of the Archibalds spear­headed a strong week­end for Scots, with Jack Carlin also tak­ing his first in­di­vid­ual na­tional ti­tle in the sprint, be­fore team­ing up with Ja­son Kenny, Ryan Owens and Philip Hin­des to win the team sprint. Mean­while, Cal­lum Skin­ner placed sec­ond in the kilo, leav­ing Scot­tish Cy­cling coaches con­fi­dent that they have a raft of good op­tions for se­lec­tion ahead of the Com­mon­wealth Games in April.

Katie Archibald took a hat-trick of wins at Manch­ester velo­drome

Katie and John made the Na­tion­als a fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion

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