Derby team pur­suit­ers be­come fifth fastest ‘na­tion’

Huub-wat­tbike team im­presses at first round of World Cup, re­ports Vern Pitt

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The Derby-based Huub-wat­tbike team be­came the fifth fastest team pur­suit ‘na­tion’ of all time at the week­end as they rode to fourth at the open­ing round of the Track World Cup in Paris.

The team of ama­teurs set a time of 3-53.826 in the team pur­suit first round, which only teams from cur­rent world record hold­ers Aus­tralia, for­mer world record hold­ers Great Bri­tain, and Den­mark and Italy who both set na­tional records at the week­end (of 3.52.661 and 3.53.153 re­spec­tively) have bet­tered.

De­spite the blis­ter­ing time, how­ever, it was only good enough to get them into the bronze medal ride-off where they were beaten by Italy’s na­tional record­break­ing ride.

Rider Ja­cob Tip­per said the squad from the “Na­tion of Der­ba­dos” could not “have asked for a bet­ter” per­for­mance. He said: “The game has re­ally stepped up. We had four teams go­ing close to what would have won the Worlds last year. We po­ten­tially un­der­es­ti­mated how fast every­one else can go. We set our­selves a tar­get of do­ing a 3.53 and we’ve done it straight away.”

Team-mate Dan Bigham added: “What it takes to win hasn’t re­ally changed. It’s just there are lots of peo­ple in that bracket now. It’s not a bad thing, it just means there’s no room for er­rors.”

“We set our­selves a tar­get and we’ve done it straight away”

Tip­per said that af­ter the ride, in which first race of the sea­son nerves had not helped, they had al­ready iden­ti­fied mul­ti­ple ar­eas for improve­ment, in­clud­ing “lap splits and gear se­lec­tion”.

He sin­gled out new re­cruit John Archibald for praise: “That’s only John’s sec­ond ac­tual team pur­suit race, which tells you how much of a weapon he is.”

Look­ing ahead to this week­end’s sec­ond round in Mil­ton, Canada, Tip­per said: “It’s about ex­e­cut­ing good rides. Yes, we want to win the World Cup but we’ll win it by ex­e­cut­ing good rides. The fo­cus is ex­e­cut­ing three bet­ter rides than we did in Paris.”

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