He may only have qualified 15th fastest at the Guadalajara World Cup, but Phil Hindes’ 9.898 was good enough to make him the 5th fastest British rider ever.
The altitude helped 24 men go under 10 in all, led by Matthew Glaetzer’s track record of 9.516. It seems that Guadalajara boosts times by around 0.25-0.35 seconds for the 200 over a “par” track like Manchester, so altitude or not, Glaetze’s time was impressive. Jason Kenny qualified 10th in 9.852 – his third fastest ever before eliminating Hindes in the first round. Given that Kenny has been 9.713 on a normal track at sea-level (at the London Olympics), which is the World best in such conditions, he is still clearly some way off top form.
The full list of sub-10 rides by Brits (which now number 20) can be found in our rankings section or here.