Derby team pursuiters become fifth fastest ‘nation’
Huub-wattbike team impresses at first round of World Cup, reports Vern Pitt
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.”