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Cycling Weekly - - WELCOME - SIMON RICHARD­SON Editor simon.richard­son@ti-me­dia.com

What Huub-wat­tbike are do­ing at the World Cups should not be un­der­es­ti­mated. As Team KGF they won the team pur­suit over­all last win­ter; now af­ter a fourth place in Paris and a se­cond place in Canada last week­end they are once again look­ing good. That’s af­ter the Derby-based team lost their ‘man one’ Char­lie Tan­field, the hard­est po­si­tion to ride, and fac­ing a six-round series spread around the world.

World Cups have al­ways been the do­main of na­tional teams — and the team pur­suit the spe­cial­ity for the well-funded ones. As Great Bri­tain and Aus­tralia dom­i­nated the event it led to many pro­claim­ing the com­pe­ti­tion was as good as fin­ished as no one could ever match their fund­ing, tal­ent pool and there­fore their speed.

If a team pur­suit squad has the fund­ing, ex­per­tise and rid­ers to nail this event with all its com­plex­i­ties, the knowl­edge, and there­fore suc­cess, can fil­ter out to the rest of the team. It’s why na­tions plough hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds into the team pur­suit.

Huub-wat­tbike have blown that out of the wa­ter. They are tak­ing on, and beat­ing, the na­tional teams, and do­ing it them­selves on a min­i­mal bud­get. What if the UCI could en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same? It could change the face of track rac­ing.

MY HIGH­LIGHTS THIS WEEK

6 Na­tional hill-climb champs crowned 34 How Wig­gins fell in love with the Tour 56 Spe­cial­ized power cranks on test

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