Car­lin to fly GB flag at World event He’s on team with Kenny duo

Paisley Daily Express - - House Home - Craig Ritchie

Pais­ley cy­clist Jack Car­lin will rub shoul­ders with Olympic roy­alty this month af­ter be­ing re­called to the Great Bri­tain Cy­cling Team.

Car­lin will join two of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful Olympic cham­pi­ons, the hus­band and wife duo of Laura and Ja­son Kenny, at the UCI Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in Apel­doorn, The Nether­lands, be­tween Fe­bru­ary 28 and March 4.

His call- up to the side fol­lows his dou­ble suc­cess at the re­cent Na­tional Track Cham­pi­onships, where he claimed in­di­vid­ual and team golds.

Com­ing up against Lewis Oliva in the fi­nal at Manch­ester’s Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre, Car­lin pro­duced a stun­ning per­for­mance to record a 2-0 vic­tory and earn his spot at the top of the podium.

Laura and six- time Olympic gold medal­list Ja­son Kenny, are just two of seven Olympic cham­pi­ons named in the 22-strong team, with Ed Clancy, Katie Archibald, Eli­nor Barker, Phil Hin­des and Cal­lum Skin­ner also mak­ing se­lec­tion.

Bri­tish Cy­cling’s se­nior academy rid­ers Ethan Hayter and Lau­ren Bate are both set to make their elite world cham­pi­onship de­buts, as are non-pro­gramme rid­ers Dan Bigham and Char­lie Tan­field, who have shown sig­nif­i­cant pro­gres­sion over the 2017/18 World Cup sea­son.

This cul­mi­nated in a world cup gold medal in the team pur­suit for both rid­ers and a World Cup gold medal in the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit for Tan­field.

Per­for­mance di­rec­tor Stephen Park said: “Look­ing at the squad list for this year’s UCI Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships, we have a re­ally strong line-up of rid­ers which should trans­late into some good per­for­mances by the Great Bri­tain Cy­cling Team.

“The se­lec­tion panel had some very tough de­ci­sions to make in se­lect­ing this team, but it’s a good prob­lem to have and is tes­ta­ment to the strength in depth in Bri­tish track cy­cling tal­ent.

“There’s a lot to look for­ward to at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Ob­vi­ously, see­ing Laura and Ja­son’s re­turn to the world stage will be a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. They’ve both shown they are back on form dur­ing train­ing ses­sions and I know they’re ex­cited to be com­pet­ing in this year’s world cham­pi­onships.”

Flash­back Pais­ley cy­clist Jack Car­lin, cen­tre, picks up his sil­ver medal with his GB team-mates at the World Cup in Canada

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