The team event got up and running at the season’s first World Cup in Guadalajara and the Brits fared pretty well. The women’s pursuiters, even without Rowsell and King (get better soon Dani) qualified for the semis as the fastest qualifier by 6 seconds. A 4:20 by Trott, Archibald, Horne and Barker, bodes well for the future. Indeed, two years out from Rio, the womn’s team pursuit must be GB’s best bet for gold in any sport.
Elsewhere, the men’s pursuiters qualified second fastest, just behind the Aussies in 3:57. For a new look foursome of Burke, Christian, Tennant and Dibben,that’s quite a ride, and might well be the fastest ever posted by a GB team not featuring the rested Ed Clancy (we need to check this “fact”).
The men’s team sprint was also impressive in qualifying in second. Could Hindes, Kenny, Skinner, be the line-up that features in 2016? Unfortunately our friends at tissottiming have not posted the full results yet, so we don’t know the splits. Of particular interest will be Hindes’ first lap as he continues to pursue Jamie Staff’s British Best of 17.136.
The one disappointment of the first session was the women’s team sprint where after a strong 18.835 from Jess Varnish, things fell apart for Danielle Khan with a 15.188, leaving GB in 9th. Khan’s time was almost a second down on her showing on the same track back in January leading us to assume that she had kind of problem. Guy Swarbrick of Trackcycling.net confirmed this, stating that she squared off one of the corners.
The team competitions come to a finish today while the women’s sprint (Varnish and Williamson for GB),men’s omnium (Dibben), men’s kierin and women’s omnium also feature. Katie Archibald who finished second to Laura Trott at Revolution gets the nod over Trott here.
For a full report from Guadalajara, checkout: www.trackcycling.net