World Cup sees odd bright spot

GB sent a developmental squad to the World Cup in Cali, and as expected they didn’t trouble the podium on too many occasions. One exception was the youthful men’s pursuit quartet that won bronze. In terms of times, there were a couple of notable pbs, led by Emily Kay who had a tough time in the omnium, but managed 3:44.369 in the pursuit, knocking 3 seconds off her best and putting her 18th fastest Brit of all-time. GB’s representative in the men’s omnium – Ollie Wood, also struggled but also set a couple of pbs. He cracked 11 seconds for the 200 during his flying lap and posted an impressive 1:04.513, good enough for 24th best of all-time according Cyclostats’ data.

Other good showings included Lewis Oliva’s 10.079 in the qualifying for the men’s sprint. The Welshamn has only been faster twice – both at high altitude in Mexico and while Cali is also at altitude, the conditions there have rarely lent themselves to particularly fast rides.

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